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Automatic resource registration in Spaces

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000238563D
Publication Date: 2014-Sep-03
Document File: 4 page(s) / 197K

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A method for automatic resource registration in spaces within a Software Defined Networking environment is disclosed.

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Automatic resource registration in Spaces

Disclosed is a method for automatic resource registration in spaces within a Software Defined Networking environment. A 'space' is defined as a logical abstraction mapped to a set of geographical coordinates. It can be simple or complex. It can be a 2D or 3D representation of a geographical location specified by latitude, longitude, and altitude. It can be of any size (office, floor, building, region, country...). Figure 1 depicts some example spaces.

Figure 1

As depicted in Figure 2, in order to provide the functionality it is intended for each 'space' to maintain a list of the resources in the 'space'. The resource registration process can be manual or automatic. In a manual registration process, a user with administrative authority creates the 'spaces' in the 'Space Name Server' and assigns the resources to the 'spaces'.


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Figure 2

The automation of the registration process can be done in two different ways based on what set of information is available at resource level. After the 'space' is created, a list of resources is sent to the Space Name Server (SNS) to be categorized and placed into the adequate 'space'.

Resources with geolocation information

For resources with geolocation information setup (latitude and longitude setup in the Management Information Base (MIB) and made available through the Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP)). The SNS processes the list, and gets access to the geolocation information using SNMP. For every single resource, the SNS determines whether or not the geographic coordinates are inside a known 'space'. If yes, the resource is registered and added to the 'space'.

Resources without geolocation information

For resources without geolocation information, an automated process sets up a host name of the system with enough information to have the resource automatically categorized.

Figure 3 shows how spaces and resources registered in the...