Network Management and Configuration using RMAP

Authors: 
Peter Mendham, Stuart Mills, Steve Parkes
Conference/Journal Name: 
International SpaceWire Conference Dundee 2007
Date Published: 
September 2007
Page References: 
pp.119-129
ISBN of Journal Issue/Conference Proceedings: 
978-0-9557196-0-8

The success of the SpaceWire standard has resulted in the availability of a wide variety of SpaceWire devices. Allowing these devices to inter-operate easily is an open-problem with growing importance. This problem has two different manifestations: interoperability in ground and test equipment, where ease of use is the main driver; and interoperability of flight hardware where improvements could ease both hardware and software reuse and lower costs.

This paper proposes a standard mechanism for network management and configuration of network devices building on the remote memory access protocol (RMAP). The paper argues that RMAP is an appropriate starting point as it layers well in a protocol stack, and many vendors have existing RMAP capabilities. Adding network management and configuration features in this way could be a fairly easy task for both existing and future SpaceWire equipment.