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Integrated Communications Management

Objective

The main objectives of the project are:

- To show that the integration of AIP technologies for TMN is possible.
- To validate selected TMN functional implementations.
- To establish an environment (testbed) which enables the validation of other TMN functional implementations and integration of additional AIP technologies.
The main objectives of the research were:
to develop a testbed laboratory where the integration of advanced information processing (AIP) technologies for telecommunications management network (TMN) systems could be tested for performance;
to define and develop TMN platforms;
to specify a representative set of management applications to be incorporated into the test laboratory; to define, design and develop the interface between the TMN and real networks;
to provide a suitable network simulator which will complement the functionality of the real networks;
to provide support for telecom services in order to show the interaction of management applications within the TMN;
to provide a structure for consensus building with respect to TMN architecture.

The key issue of the research is the conceptual and physical integration of management applications for TMN on the integrated broadband communications (IBC) network.

A firm basis has been achieved with the definition of an architecture, identification of TMN functions, and the specification of the case studies to be used to exercise the integrated communications management (ICM) system. Initial definition of platforms, simulators, network test beds and management applications have been completed.
Technical Approach

R2059 provides practical validation of some of the results of RACE I and RACE II projects by implementing selected IBC performance, configuration and maintenance management services. The implementation results in a TMN Testbed which comprises four elements : an advanced TMN Platform; Management Applications; Network Interfaces; and an ATM Simulator. The Testbed is deployed in real network environments where the TMN system is applied to management of FDDI, ATM, and PON technologies.

The testbed is developed incrementally in four phases, each with their own objectives. TMN architectures, case studies and functions are specified for each phase. Following the development process, implementation is validated through execution of relevant case study scenarios and evaluation of the results.

Application areas addressed by the project are performance, configuration and maintenance management within heterogeneous network environments, (ATM and PON). End to end management, with inter TMN co-operation, are studied within an overall VPN case study during the project's final year.

Key Issues

The key issue of the project is the conceptual and physical integration of Management Applications for TMN applied to IBC networks.

Expected Impact

ICM performs a valuable validation process, gaining practical experience implementing systems conform to existing and emerging TMN standards and practices. In addition, the testbed itself is highly geared towards the exploitation requirements of the consortium members and the RACE Programme, being applicable to use by TMN researchers, developers, integrators and operators. The main options for exploitation of the testbed and its components are :

- Evaluate and test evolving IBC network and TMN technologies.
- Aid the design, production and validation of TMN components, and of IBC network components.
- Test conformance to TMN standards.
- Provide TMN components to operational TMNs within an IBC environment.
- Support education and training in IBC and TMN concepts.
- Provide the foundations of continued research in advanced communications, especially through the provision of a sophisticated environment for the development and execution of management experiments.

Coordinator

Cray Communications Ltd
Address
Caxton Way Watford Business Park
WD1 8XH Watford
United Kingdom

Participants (14)

ALPHA SAI
Greece
Address
3 Xanthou Str
17778 Tavros Athen
ASCOM TECH
Switzerland
Address
Freiburgstrasse 370
3018 Bern
CENTRO DE ESTUDOS DE TELECOMUNICACOES
Portugal
Address
R. Jose Ferreiro Pinto Basto
3800 Aveiro
DELTA SOFTWARE ENGINEERING
Denmark
Address
Venlighedsvej 4
2970 Horsholm
DNAC
France
Address
28 Bis Boulevard Sebastopol
75004 Paris
GN ELMI AS
Denmark
Address
Kirkebjerg Alle 90
2605 Broendby
INSTITUTE OF COMPUTER SCIENCE
Greece
Address
Science And Technology Park
71110 Heraklio
KJOBENHAVNS TELEFON AKTIESELSKAB
Denmark
Address
1 Teglholmsgade
1790 Copenhagen
NOKIA CORPORATION
Finland
Address

02101 Espoo
NTUA
Greece
Address
Heron Polytechneiou 9
15773 Zografou Athens
TECHNICAL RESEARCH CENTRE OF FINLAND
Finland
Address
Otakaari 7B
2150 Espoo
UNIPRO LIMITED
United Kingdom
Address
28 Campus Road, Listerhills Science Park
BD7 1HR Bradford
UNIVERSITY OF DURHAM
United Kingdom
Address
South Road
DH1 3LE Durham
Birkbeck College, University of London
United Kingdom
Address
Malet Street, Bloomsbury
WC1E 7HX London