Craig Partridge (craig@NNSC.NSF.NET)
Thu, 10 Dec 87 14:39:24 -0500
I got a couple of inquiries today from people who mis-interpreted Lee's
note to suggest that all network management activities are being
coordinated through him. That's not what the note was intended to
Regretfully, network management work is still a multi-headed beast.
Here's a short Who's Who:
NETMAN (Network Management) Working Group of the IETF. Chaired
by Lee LaBarre. As Lee's note indicated, they are working on
fashioning their own network management proposal, based in part
on work done by the HEMS group. Contact Lee (firstname.lastname@example.org)
GWMON (Gateway Management) Working Group of the IETF. Chaired
by me, and the source of the High-Level Entity Management System
(HEMS) proposal, documented in RFC1021-1024 and recently implemented.
Operates the GWMON mailing list, which is the mailing list for
all general interest announcements/correspondence on network
management. Mail to email@example.com to join.
SGMP (Simple Gateway Monitoring Protocol). Affiliated with the
IETF but not a working group (for odd historical reasons).
Documented in RFC 1028 (which I believe has not yet been released).
Several test implementations exist. I believe most SGMP announcements
appear on GWMON, although there is a separate mailing list for
There are also activities attempted to build applications or protocols
that work at a higher level that these protocols (which primarily address
the problem of data extraction). These activities include:
The Network Computing Forum (NCF) is trying to develop higher level
management applications/protocols. This is being led by Terry
Hardgraves (pardon any mis-spelling, his business card is in
my briefcase at home) of the Software Productivity Consortium.
ANM (Automated Network Management), a project at BBN Laboratories
which uses a distributed database system and AI tools to effect
network management. Contact Jil Westcott, firstname.lastname@example.org, for
An IETF working group led by Jeff Case (one of the SGMP authors).
I hope this all helps.
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