Applying OSI Systems Management Standards to Remotely Controlled Virtual Path Testing in ATM Networks

Satoru OHTA

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E76-B    No.3    pp.280-290
Publication Date: 1993/03/25
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Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Special Issue on Broadband ISDN --Application, Networking and Management--)
communication systems and transmission equipment,  ATM,  testing,  network management,  OSI systems management,  managed object,  

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Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) is an information transport technique that well supports Broadband ISDN (B-ISDN). One unsolved problem to the perfection of ATM networks is to provide a testing environment that conforms to some standardized network management scheme. From this point of view, remotely controlled virtual path testing is considered in this paper. Remotely controlled virtual path testing should be executed through the standardized Telecommunications Management Network (TMN) model, which employs the OSI systems management concept as the basis of information exchange. Thus, this paper addresses the two issues that arise when OSI systems management standards are applied to virtual path testing. One issue is to define relevant information models. The other issue is to provide test resources with a concurrency control mechanism that guarantees a consistent test environment without causing deadlocks. To resolve these issues, technical requirements are clarified for the remote control of test resources. Next, alternatives to the concurrency control mechanism are shown and compared through computer simulations. A method of defining information models is then proposed. The proposed method ensures the easy storage and retrieval of intermediate test results as well as permitting the effective provision of concurrency control for test resources. An application scenario is also derived. The scenario shows that tests can be executed by using standardized communication services. These results confirm that virtual path testing can be successfully achieved in conformance with the OSI systems management standards.