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Program:  SBIR
Topic Num:  N102-188 (Navy)
Title:  Network Manager Capability Enhancement
Research & Technical Areas:  Information Systems

Acquisition Program:  JPEO JTRS ACAT I
 RESTRICTION ON PERFORMANCE BY FOREIGN CITIZENS (i.e., those holding non-U.S. Passports): This topic is “ITAR Restricted”. The information and materials provided pursuant to or resulting from this topic are restricted under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), 22 CFR Parts 120 - 130, which control the export of defense-related material and services, including the export of sensitive technical data. Foreign Citizens may perform work under an award resulting from this topic only if they hold the “Permanent Resident Card”, or are designated as “Protected Individuals” as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3). If a proposal for this topic contains participation by a foreign citizen who is not in one of the above two categories, the proposal will be rejected.
  Objective:  Develop techniques for network planning, management automation, and simulation that will aide the network planner in development and optimization of the overall mobile network configuration.
  Description:  The advancement in wireless communication technology has led to the design and development of mobile networks. However automated and optimal mobile ad-hoc network planning and maintenance including frequency management, IP planning, configuration parameter setting, and updates based on current topology and environment, presents significant challenges. The purpose of this SBIR is to develop advanced concepts and tools for network automation and simulation that will eventually aide the network planner in developing the overall mobile network configuration, ground and airborne. Furthermore, the network automation and simulator could be configured to run, in the background, on a continual basis so that as the network continues to automatically optimize based on changing topology and conditions. The current Wideband Networking Waveform (WNW) JTRS WNW Network Manager (JWNM) will enable the network planner to configure the WNW radios for an optimized configuration based on the operational needs and geographic limitations. Currently the network manager cycles through a series of menus. The network planner sets parameters based on operator entries for each of these configuration windows, and the end product is a Radio Mission Data Set that is loaded in to the radios that eventually will be part of the envisioned network. Once the RMDS is loaded on the radio and the network is established, the JWNM monitors network performance as well as heartbeat and location of the nodes. The JWNM will transition in the next several years to the JTRS Enterprise Network Manager (JENM) which will control the JTRS family of Networking Waveforms with a common user interface. The introduction of JENM will allow the opportunity for the introduction of advanced planning and monitoring techniques that are more fully automated and more optimally plan, configure and manage networks based on state-of-the-art innovative tools.

  PHASE I: Perform research, and development of innovative techniques for implementing network configuration automation, simulation, and optimization, to be used in conjunction with the future JENM. Determine and use methods of modeling and simulation which will demonstrate the proposed enhancements.
  PHASE II: Develop, test and demonstrate the network configuration automation and simulator tool. The concept developed in Phase I should be developed to the point that its concepts can be tested and demonstrated in a relevant modeling and simulation environment.

  PHASE III: Integrate the tested capability into the JWNM and/or JTRS Enterprise Network Manager (JENM), depending on the time this SBIR reaches Phase III. This effort will include integration, test and documentation of the capability. Apply the concepts to commercial mobile and mobile ad hoc network planning and optimization. PRIVATE SECTOR COMMERCIAL POTENTIAL/

  DUAL-USE APPLICATIONS: Wireless network technology is not only limited to the military/JTRS. Commercial wireless network providers are constantly looking to optimize the use of their resources and spectrum. Using a network configuration automation and simulator tool similar to that describe in this SBIR would greatly benefit them as well.

  References:   1. T. Ye, D. Harrison, B. Mo, S. Kalyanaraman, B. Szymanski, K. Vastola, B. Skidar, and H. Kaur, ”Traffic management and network control using collaborative on-line simulations,” in International Conference on Communication, ICC2001, Helsinki, Finland, June 2001. 2. X. Zeng, R. Bagrodia, and M. Gerla, “Glomosim: a library for parallel simulation of large-scale wireless networks,” in 12th Workshop on Parallel and Distributed Simulations, Banff, Alberta, Canda, May 1998. 3. L. A. Law and M.G. McComas, “Simulation of software for communication networks: the state of the art,” IEEE Communications Magazine, vol. 32, pp. 44-50, 1994. 4. NED/JWNM overview located on the JPEO JTRS website, http://jpeojtrs.mil/files/domains/09_NED_AFCEA_Brief_V6.pdf.

Keywords:  Network Management, Network Simulator, Network Performance, Network Parameter Tuning, MANET, Wireless Networks, Airborne Network Management, Optimal Deployment, Mission Planning

Questions and Answers:
Q: Is there an Operating System requirement or preference for this project, or is it at the discretion of the tools used or at the developers option?
A: Linux preferred but not required if good reasons from the developer.
Q: Is privacy/encryption to be considered at this level, or are these concerns handled elsewhere?
A: Designs should be capable of meeting DoD IA/Security requirements for such systems.
Q: 1. Should proposed solutions be restricted to commercially/publicly available network simulation tools (e.g. OPNET, QualNet, ns2, etc.)?
2. Moreover, are the tools for on-line simulation required to be compatible with any specific system or technology?
A: 1. Commercial/publically available tools are acceptable. SBIR data rights will apply to custom development.

2. On-line access might not be readily available for tools in a tactical environment. Management and monitoring functions are performed in real time.
Q: Should waveforms other than WNW be considered as part of this proposal?

A: JTRS MANET waveforms should be considered. Refer to the JTRS JPEO Public Website. Additional waveforms/applications apply for other government and commercial transition opportunities as appropriate.
Q: Will the Government provide access to existing waveform models and specifications?
A: Access will not be provided during a Phase 1 Program. Access will be provided during a Phase II Program if awarded.
Q: Is there a particular environment or terrain that should be the focus of these simulations?
If so, will the government provide access to representative terrain models?
A: Initial focus should be ground to ground, ground to air, air to ground and air to air. Future focus includes all environments.
Contractor to recommend models.

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