NetAnalyzer: A retrospective network analysis tool

P. Sundareswaran, S. Hariri

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A wide range of public domain and commercial tools currently exist to help network administrator manage networks. However, most of there are real-time analysis tools, and so provide more support in monitoring network activity. A very small subset of these tools assist the network administrator and/or designer in reconfiguring the network as well as identifying optimal resource allocations. The goal of the tool described in this paper is to help in designing and/or reconfiguring of networks for optimal allocation of both clients and file-systems in a distributed computing environment. This paper describes NetAnalyzer, a retrospective network analysis tool running under SUN UNIX (4.1.3) Operating System. The tool uses a utility to passively collect statistics on an Ethernet-based distributed computing environment by operating the interface in a promiscuous mode. The tool allows the user to obtain statistics on the Ethernet utilization, analyze the traffic between the subnetworks of a partitioned network, and also provides comprehensive knowledge of how the various file-system partitions on every server are used in the system. This information would assist the network administrator in reconfiguring the network to meet its requirements in a cost-effective manner.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)77-83
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Computers and Applications
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design


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