CS 4255/6255 -
Principles of Network Management
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This course provides an introduction to problems in network management
and the current research in the area.
It covers the general challenges faced in the management of modern
data and telco networks with an emphasis on data network management.
The details of the SNMP protocol and SNMP-based management are
covered as part of this class.
Class participation is an important part of this class. You
will be expected to do the readings and prepare to discuss the
topics and papers presented. During the second half of the semester
you will lead the discussion with a research presentation and
the results of your semester project.
You will be working in groups of 3-4 students on a significant
research project in the area of network management. You
should begin the first week by forming a project team and
starting to research various areas of network management
for your project. Most projects will include some amount of
- January 17 - Identify project teams and register with the instructor
- February 2 - Written project proposal - topic must be pre-approved with instructor
- March 9 - Interim project report
- approximately 10 pages
- 10 references
- Detailed background on the problem area
- Proposed project solution, timeline for completion
- April 11 to April 27 - Final presentations
Presentation Guidelines: See below for presentation schedule
- 45 minutes in class
- Describe the background and problem space
- Present your results: demo's if appropriate
- May 2 - Final project report
Report Guidelines: All reports are due May 2
- approximately 20 pages
- 10+ references
- A complete, self contained report.
- Include revised and updated interim report.
- Add results, analysis, conclusions and any future work.
- Performance Monitoring Interfaces for Campus Networks
- Updating the Pinger
- Topology and Dependency Visualization of CoC Network and Campus Networks
- Analysis of Wireless Network (LAWN) utilization and mobility data -
- Internet Routing Analysis and Visualization based on BGP data
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- A web based SNMP to XML proxy
- An RMON probe implementation based on the UCD SNMP agent
- Network service monitoring with Root Cause Analysis -
- Intrusion Detection systems design as part of the core network architecture
- Security analysis techniques for networks
- Accounting approaches for IP networks
- Cellular and Wi-Fi integration
- An Infrastructure for Location Based Services - (e.g.
- Google Maps network visualization projects
GPRS Signal Strength
- Reporting of GPRS signal and availability data
See previous class web sites
for some project presentation ideas.
Throughout the semester we will be covering various current research
topics in network management. In the final weeks of the semester,
each research group will lead one research discussion.
You will present the background and related work for your
research project and then present your project.
You will "assign" the class reading for that
day and prepare a full class presentation.
Supplements to Assignments
- RFC's of Interest
- Network Management Tools and Web Resources
Watch this space for other supplements!
- Mid-Term Exam - Thursday, March 30; closed book and notes
- Final Exam - TBD; Final Exam time will be used
for final semester project presentations.
- Network Management: Principles
Mani Subramanian. Published by Addison Wesley.
The syllabus contains references to reading in the text.
The text will be supplemented with handouts and web pointers.
- Reference Texts
- William Stallings,
SNMP, SNMPv2, SNMPv3, AND RMON 1 and 2,
Addison-Wesley, Third Edition, 1999.
- Marshall T. Rose, The Simple Book, Prentice Hall PTR, 1996.
- Allan Leinwand and Karen Fang,
Network Management; A Practical Perspective,
Addison Wesley Longman, Inc., 2nd Edition, 1996.
Grading and Academic Honesty
Your grade will be determined by your performance on homework assignments
(which will include some programming) and exams. The weights are
Students are expected to abide by the Georgia Tech Honor Code. Honest
and ethical behavior is expected at all times. All incidents of
suspected dishonesty will be reported to and handled by the office of
- Class Participation and Written Homeworks - 30%
- Midterm Exam - 35%
- Final Project - 35%
Topic Outline (updated weekly)
- Introduction - January 10-12 - Text Ch. 1,
Cisco Network Management Overview,
General Network Mgmt Resources
- Network Components - January 17 - Ch. 2
VLAN White Paper by SysKonnect
- Standards, Models - January 19 - Sections 3.1-3.5
- Configuration Management, Network Discovery - January 24-26 - Sections 12.1.3 and 13.1
Cisco Configuration Management White Paper
- Performance Management Overview - January 31
- SNMP the (not so) Simple Network Management Protocol
- ASN.1 and BER - - Sections 3.6-3.9
- SMI, MIB's and MIB-II - - Ch. 4
- SNMP Protocol Operations, BER example, SNMP Tables - - Ch. 5
- Service Level Management, Performance Monitoring, RMON, RMON2 - - Ch. 8
- MIB Design -
- Fault Correlation and Root Cause Analysis -
paper - Text Chapter 13
- SNMP v3, Management Security - - Ch. 7
- Net Management Tool Demos -
- Vendor Talks -
- Project Presentations -
- Internet Routing Studies -
paper 1 -
paper 2 -
- K. Papagiannaki, R. Cruz, C. Diot.
Network Performance Monitoring at Small Time Scales.
In ACM Internet Measurement Conference, Miami, U.S.A.,
- Web Delay Studies -
- WBEM and XML-based network Management
- Network Security - Intrusion Detection Systems
Russell J. Clark
Created: Tue Aug 10 18:26:26 2004