Scalable Network Emulator Architecture for IP Optical Network Management

Eiji OKI  Nattapong KITSUWAN  Shunichi TSUNODA  Takashi MIYAMURA  Akeo MASUDA  Kohei SHIOMOTO  

Publication
IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E93-B   No.7   pp.1931-1934
Publication Date: 2010/07/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1345
DOI: 10.1587/transcom.E93.B.1931
Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: LETTER
Category: Network
Keyword: 
network emulator,  network management,  IP optical network,  

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Summary: 
This letter proposes a scalable network emulator architecture to support IP optical network management. The network emulator uses the same router interfaces to communicate with the IP optical TE server as the actual IP optical network, and behaves as an actual IP optical network between the interfaces. The network emulator mainly consists of databases and three modules: interface module, resource simulator module, and traffic generator module. To make the network emulator scalable in terms of network size, we employ TCP/IP socket communications between the modules. The proposed network emulator has the benefit that its implementation is not strongly dependent on hardware limitations. We develop a prototype of the network emulator based on the proposed architecture. Our design and experiments show that the proposed architecture is effective.