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Calibrating an Active Network Node



Y Carlinet, V Galtier, Kevin L. Mills, Stefan D. Leigh, Andrew L. Rukhin


tive Network technology envisions deployment of virtual execution environments within network elements, so that nonhomogeneous processing can be applied to network traffic. For management purposes, each node must have a meaningful understanding of resource requirements - in terms of bandwidth, memory, and processing. To express the processing requirements in a platform independent manner, we are developing a model of CPU time usage, which comes in two parts: a node model and an application model. In order to generate instances of the model, one needs to gather some metrics relative to the platform, that is, to calibrate a node. We have investigated what factors this process of calibration should account for, and especially how background load on a node affects our ability to obtain accurate calibrations for the CPU time used by node operating system calls and by virtual execution environments. We have shown that a background load, either computation intensive or input/output intensive, has little influence on the calibration. On the contrary, a memory consuming background load introduces an overhead in some measurements. The paper draws the conclusion that the calibration of a node can be done whatever the background load, provided that the memory consuming loads can be suppressed if necessary.
Proceedings Title
Annual Workshop on Active Middleware Services | 2nd | | Kluwer Academic Publishers
No. 583
Conference Dates
August 1, 2000
Conference Title
Kluwer International Series in Engineering and Computer Science


active networks, benchmarks, resource management, software performance metrics, state-transition models


Carlinet, Y. , Galtier, V. , Mills, K. , Leigh, S. and Rukhin, A. (2000), Calibrating an Active Network Node, Annual Workshop on Active Middleware Services | 2nd | | Kluwer Academic Publishers, [online], (Accessed April 13, 2024)
Created September 1, 2000, Updated February 19, 2017