OF FEATHER SESSIONS
15 May 2001 5:30
pm - 6:30 pm
BOF SESSION 1: SMing - The next Generation of SMI
David Durham, Intel
Juergen Schoenwaelder, Technical University
Work has started in the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) on
a new language, SMIng - the Next Generation Structure of Management
Quoting from the IETF web page, SMIng's "objective
is to replace both the SMIv2 and the SPPI with a single, merged
language as the data definition language for the monitoring, configuration,
and provisioning of network devices." Although this sounds a bit
like the search for the Holy Grail, SMIng is very real and presents
interesting possibilities for network management. The meaning of
all the acronyms, the status of the SMIng work and its future implications
will all be discussed.
BOF SESSION 2: Propelling Network Management
Research Into the Mainstream
Most in the networking research community will agree that network
management is an important problem, but general support for the
research is lacking. Network management is considered a high risk
area that is not of interest to a wide audience. This viewpoint
impacts both funding and publication decisions, making the field
less attractive to potential researchers. The BOF session will explore
the reasons for the image problem and seek strategies for getting
this critical research area the attention and recognition it deserves.
Types of issues to be discussed:
- What are the fundamental issues?
- Perception of research
- Quality of research
- Focus on practical results vs. theoretical
- What are the barriers that exist to resolving
- How to remove barriers/ strategies for
Cynthia Hood is an assistant professor of computer science and engineering
at Illinois Institute of Technology. She also holds a visiting appointment
at Argonne National Laboratory. Dr. Hood received a Ph.D. from Rensselaer
Polytechnic Institute in 1997.
Prior to her Ph.D. studies, she worked at Bellcore
for 5 years. Her main area of research is network management with
a focus on fault and performance management. In 2000, she received
the NSF CAREER award for her fault management research.