Telemetry Standards, RCC Standard 106-20, Chapter 23
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This chapter describes system configuration data for network-based telemetry systems in a common fashion, and provides a language for describing the configuration of all of the components in a telemetry system, as well as their logical and physical interrelationships. The language is intended to be expressive enough to describe a wide variety of systems large and small, simple and complex, from the low-level transducer-to-measurement association for an acquisition card on a data acquisition unit up to network topology of multiple test mission networks. This chapter defines the Metadata Description Language MDL, which has a syntax that defines vocabulary and sentence structure, while the MDL semantics provide meaning. Using the MDL syntax and semantics, MDL instance documents can be created to describe telemetry systems. The descriptions may be used in various ways to configure components, to predict the performance of the network, or to capture requirements for the telemetry system. Additionally, the MDL provides a common exchange language that facilitates the interchange of configuration information between telemetry system components.