1st International ICST Workshop on Multimode Wireless Access Networks

Research Article

Network Topology Visualization and Monitoring for Multi-hop Wireless Networks

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1007/978-3-642-30376-0_31,
        author={Roberto Riggio and Matteo Gerola and Antonio Francescon and Andrea Zanardi and Tinku Rasheed and Fran\`{e}ois Jan},
        title={Network Topology Visualization and Monitoring for Multi-hop Wireless Networks},
        proceedings={1st International ICST Workshop on Multimode Wireless Access Networks},
        proceedings_a={MOWAN},
        year={2012},
        month={10},
        keywords={wireless networks network management network monitoring mesh architecture},
        doi={10.1007/978-3-642-30376-0_31}
    }
    
  • Roberto Riggio
    Matteo Gerola
    Antonio Francescon
    Andrea Zanardi
    Tinku Rasheed
    François Jan
    Year: 2012
    Network Topology Visualization and Monitoring for Multi-hop Wireless Networks
    MOWAN
    Springer
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-30376-0_31
Roberto Riggio1,*, Matteo Gerola1,*, Antonio Francescon1,*, Andrea Zanardi1,*, Tinku Rasheed1,*, François Jan2,*
  • 1: CREATE-NET
  • 2: France Telecom, R&D Division
*Contact email: Roberto.Riggio@create-net.org, Matteo.Gerola@create-net.org, Antonio.Francescon@create-net.org, Andrea.Zanardi@create-net.org, Tinku.Rasheed@create-net.org, francois2.jan@orange-ftgroup.com

Abstract

Multi-hop wireless systems represent a viable means for deploying access networks covering medium-size areas with limited investment, making use of commodity hardware and freely available software suites. At the same time, management of such networks represent an overly complex task, due to the joint effect of the time-varying nature of the radio channel, user mobility and the inherently distributed nature of the system. A number of solutions are currently researched, whereby network management functionalities get embedded within the wireless network itself. A common building block of such approaches is represented by a monitoring framework able to bring the relevant network-level information to the decision points. In this paper, we present a distributed network monitoring toolkit, specifically developed for wireless multi-hop networks. The toolkit allows network administrators to monitor the status of the network as well as to plan and execute active measurement campaigns. Information is stored in a distributed network-wide repository and is accessible through a web interface.