Implementing OSI Agents for TMN

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The Telecommunications Management Network (TMN) architecture defines a framework for the management of telecommunications networks and services. It is based on a set of TMN standards developed by the ITU-T, and is finding increased interest in the telecommunications industry, where rapid development of services and open architectures are in demand. OSI agent/managers as defined by the OSI Systems Management standards play a major role in the TMN architecture. However, the complexity of these standards make the implementation of agent/managers and thus TMN systems a challenging task; methodologies and tools to ease the task of building agent/managers are needed. This paper discusses the key difficulties in building OSI agent/managers and presents an architecture and a toolkit that can overcome them. The toolkit automates the generation of code that conforms to TMN and OSI standards, allowing the implementor to focus on the implementation of agent specific components using the facilities provided by the toolkit.

By: M. Feridun, L. Heusler and R. Nielsen

Published in: IEEE Communications Magazine, volume , (no ), pages 62-7 in 1996

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