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Design and Implementation of a Python-Based Active Network Platform for Network Management and Control

  • Florian Baumgartner
  • Torsten Braun
  • Bharat Bhargava
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 2546)

Abstract

Active networks can provide lightweight solutions for network management- related tasks. Specific requirements for these tasks have to be met, while at the same time several issues crucial for active networks can be solved rather easily. A system addressing especially network management was developed and implemented. It provides a flexible environment for rapid development using the platform-independent programming language Python, and also supports platform dependent native code. By allowing to add new functions to network devices it improves the performance of Internet routers, and simplifies the introduction and maintenance of new services.

To show the capabilities of the approach, two different quality of service related applications, that is a simple multicast algorithm and an approach to automatically set up tunnels, have been implemented. The evaluation of these services shows the advantages of the architecture, and its benefits for the task of network and quality of service management.

Keywords

Active Network Network Management Code Block Internet Service Provider Extension Module 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

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Copyright information

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Florian Baumgartner
    • 1
  • Torsten Braun
    • 2
  • Bharat Bhargava
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Computer Sciences and Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS)Purdue UniversityWest LafayetteUSA
  2. 2.Institute of Computer Science and Applied MathematicsUniversity of BerneBernSwitzerland

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