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NMF SPIRIT Issue 3.0 Platform Blueprint

NMF SPIRIT Issue 3.0 Platform Blueprint
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Example System Set Usage

This appendix is informative.

This appendix shows an example of the use of system sets. It illustrates the overall architecture of a typical application system that provides service management functionalities and how each component of the application system is specified in terms of system sets.


The objective of the application system described here is to provide customers with diverse network services in a consistent way, in a shorter time, and at less cost. To meet this objective, the application system provides service management functionalities common to network services.

Overall Architecture

The example application system consists of five types of element as shown in Overall Architecture :

  1. Network Service Supports maintain information on customers and other related data required to determine service level and charging.

  2. Network Service Supports receive traffic and charging data from Network Service Controllers via Gateway 2.

  3. Network Service Controllers operate in response to queries from switches and give instructions on destination, connection method, charging method, and so on, based on the data downloaded from Network Service Supports via Gateway 2.

  4. Customer data stored in Network Service Supports is input by service operators using Operation Terminals via Gateway 1. Network Service Controllers are not within the scope of the application system described here.

  5. Management Terminal is used to manage the FDDI network, which connects Network Service Supports, Gateway 1 and Gateway 2.

Note that more than one Network Service Support, Management Terminal and Network Service Controller can be included in a system depending on the type of network service.

Network Service Supports, Control Terminal, Gateway 1 and Gateway 2 are linked by an FDDI network using TCP/IP as the Lower Layer Protocols. Gateway 1 and Operation Terminals are also linked by leased lines using TCP/IP as the Lower Layer Protocols. In contrast, Gateway 2 and Network Service Controllers are linked by leased lines using the OSI Lower Layer Protocols. Operation Terminals use DCE to invoke procedures in Gateway 1, then they call procedures in Network Service Supports using TxRPC. Management Terminal uses SNMP to manage the FDDI network, including Network Service Supports, Gateway 1 and Gateway 2. Events from Network Service Controllers are sent to Gateway 2 using CMIP, then they are reported to Network Service Supports using SNMP. Protocol conversion is done at Gateway 2. Data necessary to operate Network Service Controllers is downloaded from Network Service Supports to Gateway 2 using FTP, then sent to Network Service Controllers using FTAM.

Figure: Overall Architecture

System Set Usage

This section briefly explains which system sets are used for each element of the application system, then gives more detail of the system sets used for Network Service Supports. Finally, other information required to create a complete procurement specification is presented.

First, the choices of system sets made for each element are shown. Transactional Server and Manager were chosen as the system sets for Network Service Support to execute application programs in a transactional environment and receive SNMP events from Gateway 2. For Management Terminal, Manager was chosen as the system set to manage the FDDI network. Non-transactional Client system set was chosen for Operation Terminal, because it requires a human user interface for interaction with service operators but does not need transaction processing. Both Non-transactional Server and Manager system sets were chosen for Gateway 2 to send and receive CMIP/SNMP events and files.

Second, additions and removals of specifications made to the system sets for Network Service Supports are shown. To meet actual requirements, a few optional specifications were mandated and a few mandatory specifications were deleted, as listed below:

Finally, the following additional requirements were included to complete the procurement specification for Network Service Supports:

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