HIGH-LEVEL PROTOCOL-ORIENTED NETWORK MONITORING

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$34,117.00
Award Year:
1987
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
5125
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Ftp Software Inc.
33 Richdale Ave, Cambridge, MA, 02140
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
() -
Business Contact:
John L. Romkey
Investigator
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
EXISTING LOCAL AREA NETWORK ANALYSIS EQUIPMENT IS GENERALLY ORIENTED TOWARDS LOW-LEVEL MONITORING, PRIMARILY FOR DATA INTEGRITY AND LOW-LEVEL OPERATIONAL CHARACTERISTICS AT THE PHYSICAL-LINK LEVEL. FURTHERMORE, A HARDWARE-ORIENTED DESIGN PHILOSOPHY IS EVIDENT IN MOST OFFERINGS, RESULTING INHIGH PER-UNIT COSTS. THIS EXPENSE, AND THE ARCANE KNOWLEDGE NECESSARY TO INTERPRET THE LOW-LEVEL DATA STREAM DISCOURAGES THEIR ROUTINE USE IN LAN INSTALLATION ANDMAINTENANCE. WE PROPOSE TO DETERMINE THE FEASIBILITY AND EFFECTIVENESS OF A SOFTWARE-AND PROTOCOL-ORIENTED HIGH-LEVEL LAN MONITORING APPROACH, BASED ON A COMMON MICROCOMPUTER ARCHITECTURE AND COMMERCIAL LAN INTERFACE HARDWARE TO MINIMIZE PER-UNIT COSTS WHILE PROVIDING SIMPLE USER-EXTENSIBILITY. OUR INTENT IS TO ATTEMPT TO AID THE ANALYSIS AND MAINTENANCE OF HIGH-LEVEL PROTOCOLS, NETWORK ADDRESSING, GATEWAY BEHAVIOR AND ROUTING. OUR INITIAL EMPHASIS WILL BE ON THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE'S TCP/IP PROTOCOL FAMILY, BUT THE UNDERLYING STRUCTURE WILL BE EXTENSIBLE TO ANY PROTOCOLS USING STANDARD TRANSMISSION MEDIA AND ENCAPSULATION.

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