Distributed Open Management Architecture in Networked Systems


DOMAINS - 5165

Keywords object-oriented environments, ODP, distributed systems, distributed systems architectures


Start Date: 01-OCT-90 / Duration: 30 months

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Objectives and Approach

The aim of DOMAINS was to develop a distributed open architecture for the integrated management of resources in networked systems. The growth in the quantity and quality of networked systems and the consequent increase in problems concerning complexity, heterogeneity and the diversity of components in such multivendor environments require adequate tools supporting all aspects of networked systems management. Such management tools must be based on a new architecture which maintains a clear distinction between management policy and the resources and activities being managed (ie the managed objects). The interface between the managed objects and the management applications will follow international standards (either existing or currently under development). DOMAINS therefore followed the OSI management model for networks as well as the Open Distributed Processing (ODP) recommendations.

The project showed that the architecture can support objects ranging from pure networking resources, such as switches, to computing resources such as programs and databases. It established management domains to structure the real-world management task according to the restrictions given by different policy requirements. The object-oriented approach was considered to be an appropriate method for resolving the problems encountered.

Key components of the DMA were implemented on top of an existing object-oriented system, and served for a demonstrator application to show the management interaction between components.

The workplan comprised:

All participating companies consider the results as key for their future products in the area of distributed and networked systems. The major industrial partners consider the results to be directly usable in their product lines. All companies need a standardising platform to allow multivendor systems to be established and managed in a uniform way, and so the project will contribute to standardisation bodies. DOMAINS will also seek to build upon current and proposed ESPRIT initiatives in the area of distributed systems, thus providing a strong contribution to the development of a securely managed "European Applications Platform".

Subsequent development will take up the results of this project and address the full industrialisation of the developed architecture.


CONTACT POINT

Mrs Marita Moeller
PHILIPS KOMMUNIKATIONS
INDUSTRIE AG
Weisshausstr.
D - 5100 AACHEN
tel: + 49/ 241-6003 510
fax: + 49/ 241-6003 519

Participants

PHILIPS KOMMUNIKATIONS
INDUSTRIE AG - D - C
MARI APPLIED TECHNOLOGIES LTD - UK - P
ROKE MANOR RESEARCH LTD - UK - P
SIEMENS AG - D - P
TÉLÉSYTEMES - F - P
UKAEA HARWELL - UK - S
ARCHITECTURE PROJECTS
MANAGEMENT LTD - UK - A
UNIVERSITE PIERRE ET MARIE CURIE - F - A
NATIONAL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY
OF ATHINAI - GR - A
ITK GMBH - D - A


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DOMAINS - 5165, December 1993


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