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INSTOOLS, Instrumentation Tools

Instrumentation Tools, or INSTOOLS, is a network instrumentation and measurement framework designed to make it easy to track and understand network behavior. INSTOOLS consists of three basic components:

  • Instrumentation: data capture tools are deployed at points in the network to capture data. instrumentize
  • Measurement: data is captured while the system is running.
  • Presentation: the processed data is presented to the user. INSTOOLS Portal and INSTOOLS Live View

The INSTOOLS framework is designed to make these components easy for the user to specify, configure and deploy. The INSTOOLS user does not need to be an expert in system administration or network management, The goal is not to reinvent the wheel, but, rather develop ways to automatically deploy and leverage existing tools. Network state information is typically more important than packet trace information, therefore many of the tools used measure data such as routing tables, packet counters (e.g., interface counters), cache entries (e.g., ARP, DNS, and NAT tables), processor load averages, memory statistics, host configurations, firewall rules, etc.

Each slice receives its own Measurement Controllers (MCs). Currently the slice has at least one MC per aggregate. This ensures scalability and efficiency since each set of instrumentation tools is tailored to capture, record, and display only the desired information associated with that slice.

This also creates a measurement plane, separate from the data plane, which minimized interference with the slice caused by the various measurement tools.


Protogeni Tutorial: USING INSTOOLS GEC9

GEC7 Conference slides March, 2010

GEC6 Conference slides November, 2009

Instrumentation Tools for a GENI Prototype, GEC3 Conference, 2008 (outlines the project goals and relationships with other projects).

An Instrumentation Approach for ProtoGENI-based Edulabs, GENI Measurement Workshop (June, 2009)

Kentucky INSTOOL update and proposed Shadowbox projects, GEC6 Conference, November 2009

INSTOOLS: Instrumentation Tools for a ProtoGENI Prototype, GEC6 Conference, November 2009

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