Data-Driven Implementation of Highly Efficient TCP/IP Handler to Access the TINA Network

Hiroshi ISHII  Hiroaki NISHIKAWA  Yuji INOUE  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E83-B   No.6   pp.1355-1362
Publication Date: 2000/06/25
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Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: PAPER
Category: Software Platform
fault management,  TINA,  distributed processing environment,  data-driven processor,  pipeline processing scheme,  TCP/IP,  

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This paper discusses and clarifies effectiveness of data-driven implementation of protocol handling system to access TINA (Telecommunications Information Networking Architecture) network and internet. TINA is a networking architecture that achieves networking services and management ubiquitously for users and networks. Many TINA related ACTS (Advanced Communication Technologies and Services) projects have been organized in Europe. In Japan, The TINA Trial (TTT) to achieve ATM network management and services based on TINA architectures was done by NTT and several manufactures from April 1997 to April 1999. In these studies and trials, much effort is devoted to development of software based on service architecture and network architecture being standardized in TINA-C (TINA Consortium). In order to achieve TINA environment universally in customers and network sides, we have to consider how to deploy TINA environment onto user side and how to use access transmission capacity as efficiently as possible. Recent technology can easily achieve application and environment downloading from the network side to user side by use of e. g. , JAVA. In accessing the network, there are several possible bottlenecks in information exchange in customer side such as PC processing capability, access protocol handling capability, intra-house wiring bandwidth. Authors, in parallel with TINA software architecture study, have been studying versatile requirements for hardware platform of TINA network. In those studies, we have clarified that the stream-oriented data-driven processor authors have been studying and developing have high reliability, high multiprocessing and multimedia information processing capability. Based on these studies, this paper first shows Von Neumann-based protocol handler is ineffective in case of multiprocessing through mathematical and emulation studies. Then, we show our data-driven protocol handling can effectively realize access protocol handling by emulation study. Then, we describe a result of first step of implementation of data-driven TCP/IP protocol handling. This result proves our TCP/IP hub based on data-driven processor is applicable not only for TINA/CORBA network but normal internet access. Finally, we show a possible customer premises network configuration which resolves bottleneck to access TINA network through ATM access.