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Method For Applying Plume and Other GIS Analysis For Computer Network Recovery

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000028236D
Original Publication Date: 2004-May-05
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-May-05
Document File: 2 page(s) / 40K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Disclosed is a method for applying plume and other Geographic Information System (GIS) analysis for computer network recovery. This method encompasses these two key concepts: 1) the use of Global Positioning System (GPS) transponders in key network devices in a computer network and 2) the overlaying of information about the impact of emergency situations on top of the physical location information for key network devices.

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Method For Applying Plume and Other GIS Analysis For Computer Network Recovery

The impact of natural phenomenon (such as earthquakes, hurricanes, and tornadoes) and man-made disasters (such as nuclear fallout, blackouts, and the escape of poisonous gases) has been well-studied as these events apply to national, state, and local government actions that are required in response. Plume analysis, for example, is a type of GIS analysis that identifies the primary affected area for such activities as evacuation and rescue in advance of a potential failure or an impending disaster. However, this type of information and analysis about an emergency situation is not currently used to inform existing network and system management applications of the likely impact to computer networks in emergency management. As a result, in emergency situations, the impact of these natural phenomenon and disasters on computer networks is not well understood.

Using small and relatively inexpensive GPS transponders, you can identify physical locations on the earth. You can also include such GPS equipment in key network devices in a computer network, such as routers, bridges, and hubs. The physical location information for these key network devices can then be mapped and displayed for a given region. If there are cost considerations, you can choose to fit such transponders on only a representative subset of the physical network.

Using network management software, the logical network can also be displayed for these computer devices. In an emergency situation, though, it may be difficult to anticipate which physical devices within the physical network may be affected.

Separately, the impact of emergency situations on a given region is often well understood. For example, the path of a hurricane is often mapped visually such that residents...