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Method for Gathering Accounting Data on Active Resources

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000110821D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 4 page(s) / 102K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Chen, DD: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Disclosed is a method for gathering accounting data on active resources. The Manager uses the Agent's CHECKPOINT object to create/store accounting records for all currently active resources. This method offers significant features which are not available in traditional methodologies. It can be easily used in providing accounting data for any routing protocol, and is independent of the actual network management protocol.

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Method for Gathering Accounting Data on Active Resources

      Disclosed is a method for gathering accounting data on active
resources.  The Manager uses the Agent's CHECKPOINT object to
create/store accounting records for all currently active resources.
This method offers significant features which are not available in
traditional methodologies.  It can be easily used in providing
accounting data for any routing protocol, and is independent of the
actual network management protocol.

      One of the key network management functions for any routing
protocol is accounting.  Customers have long required routing
protocols to provide accounting data.  This accounting data is
typically then used as input into the customers' billing,
performance, capacity planning and/or problem determination
applications.

      Accounting data for a specific protocol resource, e.g.,
session, consists of a group of data-objects.  This group of
data-objects can be viewed as an accounting record.  Typically in a
Manager-Agent scenario, the data-objects in an accounting record are
accumulated by the Agent while the resource is active, and then
stored for the Manager to retrieve after the resource becomes
inactive.

      Using an "accumulate and store when inactive" methodology, the
Manager does not have a way to request the Agent to create and store
accounting records for active resources at any given point in time.

      This ability is believed to be important for a variety of
reasons.  For example, the accounting data may be used for billing
purposes where rates often differ depending on the time-of-day.  The
accounting data may be used for capacity planning where usage at
given points in time are needed.  The accounting data may be used for
performance monitoring or problem determination where data on active
resources is needed.

      To address the problem of an Agent storing accounting data for
an active resource at any point in time, a new method was developed.
This method uses the following key concepts:

1.  A CHECKPOINT object was defined.  This object exists at the
    Agent, and is exposed to the Manager for modification.

2.  Modification of the CHECKPOINT object by the Manager will cause
    the Agent to create/store accounting records for all currently
    acti...