A Platform Architecture for the Integration of CORBA Technology within TMN Framework

Jong-Tae PARK  Moon-Sang JEONG  Seong-Beom KIM  

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IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E82-B   No.11   pp.1770-1779
Publication Date: 1999/11/25
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Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Special Issue on New Paradigms in Network Management)
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TMN,  CORBA-based management,  integrated network management,  OSI management,  network management architecture,  GDMO,  IDL,  gateway,  

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Summary: 
Up to now, a lot of efforts have been made for the management of telecommunication networks and equipment, but less effort has been made for the realization of higher-layer service and business management. Common Object Request Broker Architecture (CORBA) provides the infrastructure for interoperability of various object-oriented management applications in a distributed environment, and being widely used to develop distributed systems in many areas of information processing technologies. There are recently worldwide growing interests for applying CORBA technology for the realization of higher layer Telecommunication Management Network (TMN) management functions. In this paper, we propose a platform architecture for the efficient integration of CORBA technology within TMN framework, where CORBA-based management functions as well as TMN-based management functions can be realized efficiently. GDMO/ASN. 1 to IDL translator has been designed and implemented for translating TMN management information into OMG CORBA IDL interface. The CORBA/CMIP gateway has also been designed for realization of the interaction translation specification of JIDM task force with some additional extensions. Finally, we evaluate the performance of the CORBA-based network management system, and analyze the code reusability for the construction of the CORBA-based management system, in order to show the efficiency of the architecture.