Study of Tools for Network Discovery and Network Mapping


  1. Bantseev, S.
  2. Labbe, I.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Ottawa, Ottawa ONT (CAN);Communications Research Centre, Ottawa ONT (CAN)
The work presented in this report is related to the DRDC Joint Network Management and Defence System (JNMDS) Technology Demonstrator Project. This work is an investigation of the currently available tools that are capable of performing automatic network discovery in an IP-based network. For the proposed system, it is required to provide an assessment of the existing tool’s capabilities in identifying: the network topologies (map of physical links and logical links), the network resources (network elements and the configuration information) and the network services (network applications and system support). In particular, the study addresses the following issues: how is automatic network discovery achieved by the existing tools, and what is discovered. The report presents the detailed evaluation of seventeen commercial sector, open-source and research/academic sector tools. The results of the evaluation are summarized in two characteristic tables. An outcome of the study is that although some tools present good capabilities, they all have their strengths and weaknesses. Within the scope of interest, the “one tool does it all” solution does not exist. It is reasonable to expect that for the Technology Demonstrator Project system, the solution is likely to consist of an integrated suite of tools where functionality of each tool will be combined to achieve the desired capability.
Report Number
DRDC-OTTAWA-CR-2006-302 — Contractor Report
Date of publication
14 Nov 2003
Number of Pages
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