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Method for Consistent Interpretation of Accounting between an Agent and a Manager

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000110972D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 4 page(s) / 119K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Chen, DD: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

A unique method for consistent interpretation of accounting data between an agent and a manager has been uncovered. 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 Consistent Interpretation of Accounting between an Agent
and a Manager

      A unique method for consistent interpretation of accounting
data between an agent and a manager has been uncovered.  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 this
group of data-objects will consist of character strings (names) and
numbers (counters, values).

      Using a standard network manager protocol (SNMP, CMIP) to
retrieve the accounting data from the Agent, the Manager will not
experience difficulties interpreting the Agent-created data.  These
interactive protocols specific format and interpretation rules.

      The Manager may choose to retrieve the accounting data from the
Agent through bulk data transfer, e.g., file transfer, for a variety
of cost and performance reasons.  In this case, the Manager must be
very aware of the internal representation of the accounting data.

      The Manager's interpretation of the internal representation of
accounting data created by an Agent may be incorrect due to its
underlying hardware platform.  This situation exists when the Manager
retrieves the accounting data through bulk data transfer, e.g., file
transfer.

      The internal representation of strings and numbers is dependent
upon the hardware platforms of the Agent and th...