Charting Networks in the X.500 Directory (RFC1609)
Original Publication Date: 1994-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2019-Feb-13
Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)
G. Mansfield: AUTHOR [+2]
This document presents a model in which a communication network with all its related details and descriptions can be represented in the X.500 Directory. This memo defines an Experimental Protocol for the Internet community.
Network Working Group G. Mansfield Request for Comments: 1609 AIC Systems Laboratory Category: Experimental T. Johannsen Dresden University M. Knopper Merit Networks, Inc. March 1994
Charting Networks in the X.500 Directory
Status of this Memo
This memo defines an Experimental Protocol for the Internet community. This memo does not specify an Internet standard of any kind. Discussion and suggestions for improvement are requested. Distribution of this memo is unlimited.
There is a need for a framework wherein the infrastructural and service related information about communication networks can be made accessible from all places and at all times in a reasonably efficient manner and with reasonable accuracy. This document presents a model in which a communication network with all its related details and descriptions can be represented in the X.500 Directory. Schemas of objects and their attributes which may be used for this purpose are presented. The model envisages physical objects and several logical abstractions of the physical objects.
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RFC 1609 Charting Networks in the X.500 Directory March 1994
Table of Contents
1. Introduction 2 2. Infrastructural information requirements 2 3. The Nature of the Network Map - The X.500 Solution 4 4. The hierarchical model of a network 5 4.1 Network maps 5 4.2 Representation in the X.500 Directory 6 5. Position in The Directory Information Tree(DIT) 7 6. Proposed Schemes 8 6.1 Communication Object Classes 9 6.2 Physical elements 10 6.2.1 Network 10 6.2.2 Node 11 6.2.3 NetworkInterface 12 6.3 Logical Elements 12 6.3.1 Network 13 6.3.2 Node 13 6.3.3 NetworkInterface 13 7. Security Considerations 14 8. Authors’ Addresses 14 9. References 15
The rapid and widespread use of computer networking has highlighted the importance of holding and servicing information about the networking infrastructure itself. The growing and active interest in network management, which has concentrated mainly in the areas of fault and performance management on a local scale, is severely constrained by the lack of any organized pool of information about the network infrastructure itself. Some attempts have been made, on a piecemeal basis, to provide a larger view of some particular aspect of the network (WHOIS, DNS, .. in the case of the Internet; , ). But to date, little or no effort has been made in setting up the infrastructural framework, for such an information pool. In this work we explore the possibility of setting up a framework to hold and serve the infrastructural information of a network.
2. Infrastructural information requirements
Network operation and management requires information about the structure of the network, the nodes, links and their properties. Further, with current networks extending literally beyond bounds, the scope of the information covers networks beyond the span of local domain of authority or administration. When the Network was relati...