HIGH-LEVEL PROTOCOL-ORIENTED NETWORK MONITORING

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 5125
Amount: $34,117.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1987
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
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
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Business Contact
 John L. Romkey
Title: Investigator
Phone: () -
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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