A self-configuring network
Publication Date: 2002-Mar-20
The IP.com Prior Art Database
In a self-configuring network, like for example IEEE 1394 or USB, certain events,
such as the addition or removal of a device, trigger a re-configuration of the network.
Following a re-configuration, certain aspects of the network, like for example the
logical topology, may have changed. Such changes can affect the operation of other
devices in the network or the network as a whole. Because devices take part in the reconfiguration
autonomously, it is often difficult to predict the exact behavior of the
devices and the network.
A test and development tool (software application) is proposed which captures and
stores the configuration data of the network each time it changes, allowing analysis of
the cause/effect of configuration changes.