Knowing the topology of your network is beneficial both for fault diagnosis and resource provisioning. While other researchers have concentrated on mapping networks using SNMP information from switches and routers, we map networks without this support. This is useful in home or small office scenarios, where users cannot be expected to invest in expensive networking equipment.
This project let to a successful innovation and transfer of the protocol (LLTD) and algorithm that enables the "Network Map" feature in Windows Vista. Additionally the project developed scalable service discovery technology also used in Windows Vista.
- Richard Black, Laurent Massoulié, and Heimir Sverrisson, Scalable Local Area Service Discovery, IEEE Communications Society, June 2007.
- Richard Black, Austin Donnelly, Glenn Ward, Alvin Tan, and Alexandru Gavrilescu, LLTD: Link Layer Topology Discovery Protocol. A Windows® Rally™ Specification., 15 September 2006.
- Richard Black, Austin Donnelly, Alexandru Gavrilescu, and Dave Thaler, Fast Scalable Robust Node Enumeration, in Proceedings of 4th International IFIP-TC6 Networking Conference (NETWORKING 2005), Springer-Verlag, May 2005.
- Richard Black, Austin Donnelly, and Cédric Fournet, Ethernet Topology Discovery without Network Assistance, in Proceedings of 12th IEEE International Conference on Network Protocols (ICNP'04), IEEE Computer Society, October 2004.