P208 TMN Operation Systems Platform

Rationale
By the introduction of future TMN (and later also IN) systems, the deployment of several Operation Systems (OS) can be envisaged. To ensure interoperability and portability of software components between different OS, there is a need for a defined platform. The platform support for the reusability of concepts will be considered. The introduction of such a platform will:

The interface platform consists of mainly two parts: A run-time platform and a development platform.

Objectives
The main objectives of this project are to:

The prime objective of the platform is to provide the run-time support for the applications (through the above APIs) and to identify the impacts on the development environment; front-end tools and 4GLs have lower priority in the project, however in selecting and/or defining the APIs, at least trends in CASE technologies could be considered.

At least two broad types of applications and supporting platforms could be envisaged: Administrative applications (e.g. Billing) and Network Management applications (e.g. Alarm Surveillance). The platform to be defined should support their convergence.

The above will enable development of telecommunication management software modules that satisfy interoperability and portability criteria in a distributed (transactional) multi-vendor environment.

The SPIRIT (Service Providers Integrated Requirements for Information Technology) initiative within the Network Management Forum is also addressing a platform for distributed applications. The P208 project has therefore decided to put more emphasis on the TMN-aspects than originally foreseen, since the profiling of the basic platform will likely be supplied by SPIRIT.

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Duration - Project start: Sep 92 - Project completion: Mar 95

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