AutoMon Meeting at DB Systel


For the second time, the AutoMon project met at Deutsche Bahn Systel in Frankfurt. We had far more discussions about networking than about (model) trains, as the picture a with a train-network demonstrator from a different project might suggest.

We exchanged the status of our current work and got valuable feedback also from DBS colleagues not shown on the picture.

The main areas of topics covered

  • Extesion of our demonstrator from Cisco Live towards realtime flow-traffic visualizuation in the topology
  • Simulating trouble ticket behavior for investigation of visual correlation possibilities
  • TCP-aware sampling for measuring network performance and behavior
  • Anomaly detection in traffic behavior
  • Detecting anomalies in TCP options handshakes

And of course we also enjoyed some Äppelwoi in the evening....

AutoMon-Partners meet at Cisco Live

During the five days at Cisco Live we met colleages from partners IBM-AIS (see foto), Deutsche Bahn and Postbank. As there was lots of action we never managed to gather everybody for a one-in-all picture. 

AutoMon presented at Cisco Live in Barcelona


We presented AutoMon as part of the IsarFlow-Booth at Cisco Live in Barcelona. During this 5-day event, we learned lots of new of things regarding technology, use cases and network architecture.

The demo shows dynamic flow forwarding using our API of the flow mediator, which was integrated to Amazon Alexa speach recognition using an Amazon echo at our booth. Using our testbed in the IsarNet labs, we demonstrated the following

  • Flow mediator for dynamic control
  • Live-statistics of the traffic between the mediator and flow-analyzers
  • The mediator-topology visualization
  • Alexa integration (mostly for fun as presenting a REST API is quite boring)

During the three days at which the world of solutions was opened, we presented our ideas and the demo to lots of interested people. This served as a starting point for general discussions of ideas and visions.

AutoMon Project Meeting at Postbank


This time our associated partner Postbank invited us to Bonn and we had an exciting two-day meeting at Postbank Headquarters. Furthermore, Daniel Putzig from Intero was our meeting guest.

We presented and discussed our current work, for example

  • Flow mediator for dynamic control and balancing
  • Demonstrator for the IsarNet booth at cisco live
  • Structured IPFIX export from Vermont and structured IPFIX processing
  • TCP options anomalies and suitable sampling strategies
  • Topology and visualization

AutoMon Project Meeting at TUM


A great winter time meeting at TUM including Christkindl Market visit in the evening!

We gathered once more at TUM with all project participants. Presentations and discussions of both days covered the following topics:

  • The flow mediator component, use cases and dynamic control
  • Online processing dynamics and the AutoMon controller
  • Software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) - and impact on current and future networks
  • Ticket correlation and visualization
  • TCP option analysis and advanced packet sampling methods
  • Active browser-based measurements

Presentation of AutoMon Closed-Loop Control


We presented the AutoMon approach of closed loop control in network monitoring at the 1. KuVS Fachgespräch "Network Softwarization". This workshop took place at the University of Tübingen with lots of interesting input and discussions on softwarization approaches in networks and also monitoring topics. Slides and Extended Abstract are available online

Project meeting at IsarNet

We had another two day meeting at IsarNet in Hallbergmoos. Very fruitful discussions about TCP timestamp investigations, sampling effects and the AutoMon controller approach. In the evening we jointly visited the Oktoberfest (this is the reason for Florian's special dress code on the photo).

Project meeting at DB Systel in Frankfurt


This was our first project meeting at Deutsche Bahn Systel GmbH in Frankfurt. As first  agenda item, we visited the Network Operations Center (NOC) and got an overview of service provider operations and tooling world at Deutsche Bahn.

Although we have been a smaller group this time, we got additional input and had discussions with on-site experts at DB. At the first day we have been invited to visit DB's innovation center Skydeck and put the railway context of the meeting also into our group foto.

Our brainstorming and planning sessions continued at the second day. We covered topic such as

  • Evaluation of TCP timestamps and sampling approaches for delay monitoring
  • Traffic prediction algorithms
  • Anomaly detection for MTU issues
  • Active measurements of middlebox effects

AutoMon at IETF 99 NMRG


We presented the AutoMon project and our current topic on passive TCP delay analysis at the Network Management Research Group (NMRG) "workshop on measurement-based network management", which was part of the IETF 99 Meeting in Prague. The slides of our talk are available as pdf for download.

The NMRG workshop was on Monday morning, so it was a perfect timing to chat to other IETFers on Sunday evening, on Monday and leave in the afternoon to our AutoMon meeting in Frankfurt. Nevertheless, it was quite a short IETF visit as there were really interesting things going on and time to chat to others was scarce.

Visit of IBM Watson Center Munich

The AutoMon project and some of our guest visited the IBM Watson Center and got insight into awesome demonstrations in the lab. Afterwards, we continued the AutoMon project meeting in a meeting room in the same building with a stunning view over Munich.

Project meeting/status seminar at IsarNet

The AutoMon project met with some guests at IsarNet for a status meeting after almost one year of project duration. We presented the current state of our work in the morning to an interested audience including guests from CIT-Jena and Controlware. In the afternoon, we continued the meeting with several workshop sessions on currently ongoing working items.

Project meeting at TUM


We met at TUM on 21. and 22. of March. The first day Andreas Gilberg from Postbank joined us an interested guest. He got insight in the current work in AutoMon and gave valuable feedback. Also on the first day we visited the nuclear fusion/plasma physics research center (IPP) close to TUM. There we got a physics update and insight into a completely different domain of research. 

At both days we had lively and fruitful brainstormings on the following topics:

  • Related research work at TUM regarding DNS, IP-siblings detection and topology detection/modeling
  • Current developments in network monitoring
  • Update on the state of exply and research on advanced ticket data use cases
  • Visualization approaches and ideas for network monitoring data that in future could enhance the user experience of IsarFlow
  • Network and application timing and anomaly detection
  • ...and far more

Cisco Live 2017 in Berlin


AutoMon participants from Deutsche Bahn, IBM and IsarNet attended at Cisco Live in Berlin. There were lots of opportunities for dicussing networking topics as well as for getting input on new technologies and network monitoring concepts. Especially, we had several sessions and talks with Cisco engineers about interfaces for obtaining network monitoring data and device configuration. 

We presented AutoMon at the IsarNet booth in the world of solutions. There, we discussed the AutoMon ideas with customers and interested participants.  Furthermore, a demonstrator of AutoMon functionality was presented at the booth and we got valuable feedback.

Unfortunately there is no picture with all AutoMon participants, as we all had a couple of very busy days.

Project meeting Dresden


The project partners met on 24. and 25. of January in Dresden to talk about the current state of the project and the next steps.

We focused on:

  • discussion on various network topology topics
  • continued planning and refinement of research and application use cases
  • planning of the continued collaboration; including setup of a test site at the partners
  • a team retrospective

... And of course, we again had time to talk about lots of interesting networking topics and challenges we are currently working on; brainstorming and discussing our current challenges.

Project meeting at TUM (Garching)


The AutoMon project met at Technical University Munich in Garching for a two day meeting. We had a productive time and took a break for visiting

the SuperMUC super computer at the Leibniz super computing center.

Main topics of this meeting included

  • Adaptive NetFlow/IPFIX collection and processing
  • Results from prototypes for selecte use cases
  • Automon architecture concepts

AutoMon at KMU-Innovativ meeting

Automon presented a Poster at the KMU-Innovativ meeting in Hannover (KMU Innovativ Fachtagung). We had interesting discussions with other projects and got valuable input from panel discussions and science dating activities.

Project meeting at IBM in Kelsterbach


Our first project meeting after the kickoff took place at IBM-AIS in Kelterbach, close to Frankfurt Airport. As you can see, we hat lots of fun in the fancy lab of IBM Multinetwork WAN Services. At this meeting we

  • discussed AutoMon use cases and refined them considerably
  • evaluated our research activities on the current implementation state of RestConf/NetConf and SDN controller support for today's networking gear for flexible network monitoring configuration
  • had a WebEx with the product manager and development of Cisco APIC-EM SDN controller

Project kickoff at IsarNet


The AutoMon project started in June and we met right at the first day in June for our kickoff meeting at IsarNet in Hallbergmoos. Unfortunately, we did not take a picture, but nevertheless had fun and a productive time. Besides introding the partners and revisiting the working areas of all partners, we started our first work packages on requirements, use cases and the general architecture.