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Hierarchical Management of Battlefield Networks with the SHAMAN Management System

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Technical Report,01 Dec 2000,01 Dec 2000

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University of Delaware Newark

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SHAMAN Spreadsheet-based Hierarchical Architecture for MANagement is a novel management framework developed at the University of Delaware as a part of the research in network management sponsored by the ATIRP Consortium. SHAMAN extends the traditional flat SNMP management model to a hierarchical architecture wherein managers can dynamically delegate management tasks to intermediate managers. Tactical battlefield networks require such a hierarchical management architecture to achieve effective real-time management of the large number of mobile nodes that such networks are expected to have. The SHAMAN framework includes a spreadsheet-based intermediate manager with a scripting language and MIB, a polling subsystem, and an event model a prototype implementation of the system is available. Our research has explored several applications of the SHAMAN system to tactical battlefield networks for the US Army, including a Location Management application and an application to reconfigure dynamically changing topology of Tactical Internets. This paper summarizes the main research results with a description of the SHAMAN system and briefly introduces its applications to the management of tactical battlefield networks.

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