Using Cyc(R) Technology to Create an Intelligent Network Configuration Tool

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$98,071.00
Award Year:
2001
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
F30602-01-C-0132
Award Id:
52333
Agency Tracking Number:
011IF-2181
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
3721 Executive Center Drive, Suite 100, Austin, TX, 78731
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
883906273
Principal Investigator:
William Wechtenhiser
Project Manager
(512) 514-2976
william@cyc.com
Business Contact:
Mary Shepard
Dir. of Administration
(512) 342-4002
mary@cyc.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
Investigate how to improve not just the precision and accuracy of networkconfiguration tools but also how to qualitatively expand the scope of whatsorts of conditions of interest they report, by incorporating a largecommonsense knowledge base to enable reasoning about network functionality. Current tools are limited by their inability to consider all the factorsthat bear on network configuration analysis, including adherence topolicies, network functionality, network design tradeoffs, and real-worldfactors (e.g., weather, holidays, physical layouts of offices, and so on).To make this happen, the network, the policies, etc. would have to bedeclaratively represented in a formal language such as CycL (predicatecalculus). Then a base of general knowledge similarly represented - e.g.the Cyc KB - could be brought to bear, along with the deductive reasoningengine associated with that KB. Altogether, this could be a power tool forthe network administrator, enabling them to detect multi-step conditions ofinterest (e.g., vulnerabilities) and to perform

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