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Network Helper

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000114550D
Original Publication Date: 2005-Mar-29
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-29
Document File: 3 page(s) / 83K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Proposed is an automated network simulator and topology discovery engine. The original design purpose was to ease engineers’ work of organizing a massive network in terms of cabling. The concept is extensible to permit optimization and furthermore to a new building design approach based on network requirements prior to the actual building construction.

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Network Helper

Proposed is an automated network simulator and topology discovery engine -- the network helper. The original design purpose was to ease engineers' work of organizing a massive network in terms of cabling. The concept is extensible to permit optimization and furthermore to a new building design approach based on network requirements prior to the actual building construction.

The network helper eases

-- Physical Ethernet cables testing:

    By using the two ports on a computer, plug both ends of a cable into each port, and the testing will be done within fraction of a second. Or in similar way, use two ports of two computers to complete this task by running the network helper on both of them (or instead of running on several computers, client and server modes can be introduced). -- Network Visualization in a map:

    Display physical cables' connections: it is a problem for everyone dealing with cable connections inside a network. Besides the interest in the relation among machines (in a big picture), the topology map is also interested in the location of each cable (for example, from Port One of Machine M via Port 12 of switch S to Port Two of Machine A). The network helper will also be able to show port availability on each machine and the functionality of each cable plugged in (e.g. link to the outside of subnet, hierarchy position of each machine etc). -- Network Utilization Analysis. -- Automatic generation of cable connection topology for a new network. By simply entering the resource you are currently holding, the network helper will create a optimized network map. Thus a user can directly build up the network accordingly. -- Network simulation:

To large companies, a single network failure can possibly mean millions of dollars lost, before and after setting up the physical connections of a network.

          The developed network helper is able to carry out software network simulations on a regular basis in the real-time (system) network. In this way, severe failures and the effects caused to any additional sub network may be forecast. Consequently, actions may be performed to prevent predictable failures. -- Network optimization diagnosis:

The network helper assist in determining what is the most efficient and economic way to make the connections in a network in real time. Therefore the optimized network generated will consider: quantity of cables and switches, length of wires and hundreds of other factors related to its costs. These cost issues may need to be considered before a building is constructed. What is the most economic way to deploy 300 PCs, or perhaps 5000 PCs, will also be a part of this issue. Therefore the conventional construction of a building may be modified thus: instead of inserting computers into a newly-constru...