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Design and Implementation

of a Web-based Tool for

ATM Connection Management

Martin Bernhardt


August 1996


At the International Computer Science Institute (ICSI), there is an ongoing effort to gain experience on ATM and multi-media applications. ICSI is participating in two ATM pilots called Bay Area Gigabit Network (BAGNet) and Multimedia Applications on Intercontinental Highway (MAY). Beside these wide-area trial ICSI's ATM network is used for local multi-media experiments. The ATM environment at ICSI is heterogeneous. Both, local and long distance traffic is based on permanent virtual connections. The management of this environment has often been cumbersome and time-consuming for a number of reasons: The ATM devices have to be accessed separately in an unintegrated manner. Different vendor-specific tools with different user interfaces are used. Configuration data is stored unstructured, redundant and not centralized. Users cannot setup or verify a connection without knowing device-specific details. Hence, the need for a software tool arose that can minimize the administrative work spent on connection management. This technical report contains my master's thesis which is about the design and implementation of TOMCAD - a tool for monitoring and configuration of ATM devices. Being a web-based software tool it can support local and wide-area connectivity and provide access for local and remote users.