Madeira Project Description


  1. Introduction
  2. Technical Objectives
  3. Project Structure

1. Introduction

The goal of Madeira is to provide novel technologies for a logically meshed Network Management System (NMS) that can handle dynamic behaviour of transient network elements. This will enable self-managed services to run on networks with increased numbers of network elements, greater heterogeneity and transience.

The aims of the project are to...

Madeira will generate new knowledge and capabilities through publications and demonstrations of novel management patterns and protocols, will make significant standardization contributions and build a pan-European research laboratory through the integration of shared artefacts and a common case study among partners.

Madeira is a consortium of a number of organizations highly competent in many aspects of network, service, and associated management. It is a project organisation based on work packages (WPs) that will produce designs and technical recommendations at the end of a two-year project. WPs exploring aspects of architecture, a reference framework technology and data modelling will be complemented by a WP for a scenario-based case study, which will develop prototype applications that test and demonstrate the concepts developed. Madeira also has a dedicated WP for project management and widespread result dissemination.

2. Technical Objectives

The goal of the MADEIRA project is to provide an innovative architectural framework, requisite interface protocols and/or standards and a reference software platform with prototypical implementations for a distributed network management system based on a non-hierarchical peer-to-peer paradigm. While there is much research interest in this topic, no dominant or standardised solution yet exists.

The continuous drive for multi access networks, large-scale systems, increased complexity and lower OPEX will drive Madeira to produce a number of technical innovations.

These are...

3. Project Structure

The technical work in the Madeira Project is organised in work packages. Each work package is managed by a Work Package Leader. Because of the size of the workpackages, their work is divided into tasks.

WP 1 - Requirements, Functional Architecture and Interfaces
This WP starts up the project, formulates a requirements framework using scenarios and maintains the technical coherence of the work as the project progresses. It does this by providing an architectural context to the work and at the end of the project expresses the project results at an architectural level. It is responsible for definition of the overall architectural structure for the distributed management solution. Key interfaces will be initially proposed and refined as the project progresses. In addition to its technical role, it will coordinate a case study integrating multiple investigations into a common perspective.

WP 2 - Distributed Management Framework
This work package will elaborate on the requirements from WP1 for the development of the reference computing framework or platform. It will explore optional framework compositions and functionality in light of the applications it should support. This work package will examine a means of incorporating P2P technology in a management communications environment. The results of this WP will be a report on the strategic options for using P2P technology as part of the Madeira platform and a reference prototype that provides proofs of key concepts.

WP 3 - Application Data Modelling and Manipulation
This work package will devise means of rapidly and efficiently describing and securely accessing management operations embedded in network management applications using P2P protocols. This package will create new and more advanced ways of handling management data. Initially it will study issues arising from P2P strategies and propose a preliminary derivation of an existing model such as CIM/DEN. This will be used by the case study to identify weakness and requirements for change. As necessary, this work package will perform its own prototyping. It will cooperate closely with WP1 and WP2 to ensure that the platform and node technologies could support the approaches of this work package. Based on the results of the case study and considerations in other WPs, a final set of solutions to Application and Data Modelling and Manipulation Issues will be issued.

WP 4 - Case study of FM & CM Interworking in a Dynamic Transient Network
For a scenario chosen we will consider an application that is a real network which is integrated and linked to an OSS of operator view (i.e. we will enhance the northbound interface between the NMS and an OSS). However a partial solution will be prototyped showing the new aspect only, not the whole system solution. The essential focus item is to be the connection between CM/FM in a dynamically forming NW. Thus the coordination and interpretation of event information with respect to configuration definition and changes is essential across the network, sub-network and management domains.

For demonstration purposes only we will create an overlaid O&M dynamic mesh WLAN network with multiple core network connections or operators on which the platform and modelling techniques can be evaluated.

WP 5 - Project Management and Output Dissemination
This work package will implement project management as described in section 3 above. This work package will also coordinate the presentations, publications and demonstration of the Madeira results.

WP 6 - Securing the Madeira Framework
This work package is focused on identifying, analysing and providing a solution to secure the existing Madeira framework. The Madeira management solution being based on the peer-to-peer paradigm cannot avoid the security facet and its implications. Security is a key aspect to guarantee the feasibility of peer to peer networks in the real world mainly because the inherent need of trust between peers. Moreover, the fact that the Madeira network is targeted towards next generation networks, where mobility and dynamism is essential, and heterogeneity and multiple operators are inherent, significantly increases the complexity of the security solution for Madeira.

WP 7 - Extended Scalability Study
One of the biggest challenges faced by the Celtic Madeira project lies in its ability to scale to huge mesh networks, in terms of both the network topology and number of network elements managed. Nowadays, this concern is particularly relevant with regard to large-scale wireless networks (e.g., MAN, WAN) envisioned by Telecom Operators. Scalability testing should therefore form a fundamental part of the development process of the Madeira project. In order to address this concern in WP7, Scalability Work Package, we will conduct an extensive investigation of Scalability in the Madeira Project. As a first step towards that goal, we plan to define what scalability means with regard to the application context that we are considering. We will then study the impact of scalability on the designed system and also in the implemented prototype. Our final results shall include an evaluation of the Scalability of the Madeira System, and also quantifiable proposals for improved scalability.