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Method for capturing independent packets during automated conformance testing of network protocols

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000007598D
Publication Date: 2002-Apr-08
Document File: 2 page(s) / 131K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method for capturing independent packets during automated conformance testing of network protocols. Benefits include improved testing environment and improved test results.

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Method for capturing independent packets during automated conformance testing of network protocols

Disclosed is a method for capturing independent packets during automated conformance testing of network protocols. Benefits include improved testing environment and improved test results.

Background

              Test suites (TSs) are comprised of multiple test cases that check small fragments of protocol functionality.

              The conventional implementation of the automated test library includes the detailed logging of packets sent or received from a network. A large amount of data is produced and the results are almost unmanageable.

Description

              The disclosed method includes capturing network packets during automated conformance testing of network protocols. Packets are exchanged between an automated testing library (ATL) and a device under test (DUT) by an external program controlled by the library. Before every test case, the library starts a new instance of the capturing application. It performs setup, captures packets from the appropriate interfaces, and stores results in a file. When a test case is finished, the library stops the capturing application.

              The library and the packet-capturing application reside and execute on the same PC system. Support for controlling capturing application must be supplied in the testing library.

Advantages

              The disclosed method provides several advantages, including:

§         Captured frames are presented in compact form.

§         Network packet dumps captured during the test...