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Senior Project - NETWIT


X Windows Interface to Network Management and Analysis Tools

Senior Project: 1990-1991
Henning Olsen, Sherri Parsons, Brian Symmonds and Christopher Webster
Scientific Computing Division
Boulder, CO

The Networking and Data Communication (NADC) Group of the Scientific Computing Division at NCAR designs and administers all of the networks in general use, and all of the inter-network links at NCAR. In support of this task, this group uses a wide variety of software tools to obtain information and statistics about various aspects of the network performance. Most of these tools are UNIX-based and running on Sun Microsystems computers, using the Suns to either collect the data directly or to query other network devices for the information. The unique aspect of the implementation of the tools is that they can be used together from a central collection point that reaches out to all monitored network segments. This project defined and implemented a single consistent and useful X Windows interface for this set of tools, as well as methods to allow the X Windows application to display the collected data in various useful formats. It also provided a means to add new tools to the system, and to reconfigure existing tools at run time through user-defined configuration files, thus requiring no modification to the source. The implementation of this project was done using C, the Motif user interface toolkit, and the UNIX operating system, resulting in an application that provided a very useful, powerful, and flexible tool that improved NCAR's network management and analysis capabilities.

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