ITTC Project

Network Monitoring for Performance Analysis and for Enabling Network-Aware Applications

Project Award Date: 08-01-1999


Emerging Next Generation Internet (NGI) applications will push the limits of available network bandwidth. Two critical services are required to guarantee maximum efficient use of the network resources. The first is a unit for monitoring the performance of each component within the system. The second is a system for monitoring current network characteristics and providing this information to network-aware applications, which can effectively adapt to the current network conditions. Both capabilities require an adaptive monitoring infrastructure: a monitor data publishing mechanism and monitor data analysis tools. This research project will develop a grid service that will provide both of these capabilities.

In addition to being able to locate performance problems, the new class of applications will need to be network-aware. Network-aware applications attempt to adjust their resource demands in response to changes in resource availability. At the same time, they require a general-purpose service that provides information about the past, current, and future state of all the network links that applications are inclined to use.

This project entails the development and deployment of a NGI service that addresses these network-aware issues and provides information on network components, network systems, and applications. This service is called ENABLE: Enhancing of Network-aware Applications and BottLeneck Elimination. This service will include monitoring, visualization, archival, problem detection, monitoring data summary and retrieval tools. The results of the monitoring will be published in directory services via the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) and allow network-aware applications to obtain the information needed to adapt to present conditions.

Currently, a variety of ad hoc techniques are used for performance analysis of distributed systems. The ENABLE system will provide a single, comprehensive, easy-to-use system to address this need. This system will make it much easier to locate problems or bottlenecks in NGI "computational grid" applications, and ENABLE has potential to become one of several important "grid services" in the NGI environment.


Faculty Investigator(s): Joseph Evans (PI), Victor Frost

Student Investigator(s): Timothy Newman, Franklin Jones, Larry Sanders, XueJun Mao, Hungwei Lim, Mahesh Akarapu, Karthik Balasubramanian

Project Sponsors

Primary Sponsor(s): U.S. Department of Energy

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