mPlane
an Intelligent Measurement Plane for Future Network and Application Management

Programme Seventh Framework Programme (FP7)
 
Duration 1st November 2012 – 31th October 2015
Participants Politecnico di Torino (Italy)
Fondazione Ugo Bordoni (Italy)
SSB Progetti (Italy)
Telecom Italia (Italy)
Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs (France)
EURECOM (France)
Telecom Paritech (France)
NEC Europe LTD (United Kingdom)
Telefonica Investigacion Y Desarrollo Sa (Spain)
Invitel Távközlési Zrt (Hungary)
Netvisor (Hungary)
Forschungszentrum Telekommunikation Wien Gmbh (Austria)
Fachhochschule Augsburg (Germany)
Universite de Liege (Belgium)
Eidgenoessische Technische Hochschule Zurich (Switzerland)
Alcatel-Lucent Bell Nv (Belgium)
Web Site www.ict-mplane.eu/

Decentralized and diverse, the Internet is resilient and universal. However, its distributed nature leads to operational brittleness and difficulty in identifying and tracking the root causes of performance and availability issues. The first step to improve this fragmentation is measurement: illuminating the currently obscure dynamics of the Internet. To address this, we advocate a measurement plane, or mPlane alongside the Internet’s data and control planes.

mPlane consists of a Distributed Measurement Infrastructure to perform active, passive and hybrid measurements; it operates at a wide variety of scales and dynamically supports new functionality. A Repository and Analysis layer collects, stores, and analyses the collected data via parallel processing and data mining. Finally, an Intelligent Reasoner iteratively drills down into the cause of an evidence, determining the conditions leading to given issues, and supporting the understanding of problem origins.

The design of mPlane architecture will be detailed first. A set of representative use cases will seed the architecture specification and requirements. The same use cases will be used to validate the mPlane approach and to demonstrate its achievements later on. Together with the technical architecture, mPlane will define proper ownership and administration model for the various components.