Connection Manager

Emulation Technology

connection managerThe SCALABLE Connection Manager works in conjunction with the EXata platform to provide an easy-to-configure interface between the software virtual networks "inside" the platform and the live hardware and applications that are connected externally.  The Connection Manager makes EXata advanced emulation technology simple to use. Applications use the Connection Manager to run their network traffic over a SCALABLE software virtual network, and need no modification or customization to use the realistic emulated network in EXata.

Connection Manager supports a large variety of applications such as:

  • Internet browsers
  • Tactical communications
  • Situational awareness information
  • Sensor data
  • Instant messengers
  • VoIP
  • Streaming video
  • Multi-player games

To connect hardware-in-the-loop and to run applications on emulated nodes, including Internet-based applications and SNMP managers, it is required to connect the operational hosts with EXata running on the emulation server. Connection Manager application runs on an operational host and is responsible for managing the operational host’s networking configuration. Connection Manager is used to establish a connection between the host and the emulation server. When a connection is established, Connection Manager displays the list of emulated network nodes. Connection Manager can also be used to run multiple applications on different emulated nodes from the same operational host . After launching Connection Manager, a connection can be established between the operational host and the emulation server, either by manually providing the address of the emulation server, or by letting Connection Manager automatically detect the emulation server.

Network emulation technology provides an environment in which design decisions can be easily changed and their impact evaluated. Customers of the net-centric system can use emulation technology to develop a network and see how their applications (such as VoIP, situational awareness, sensor data, and streaming video) will perform when the real system is built. Emulation technology allows the network to be integrated with legacy systems to test interoperability and be used to train users on the next generation networks. By evaluating what works best early in the design cycle, the cost of modifying a system can be greatly reduced. This also sets realistic expectations of what the communications network will deliver, i.e., it provides predictability.

Supported Platforms
Connection Manager 4 is supported on:

Microsoft Windows 

  • XP Professional with service pack 3 (SP3) 32-bit edition
  • XP Professional x64 Edition with service pack 2 (SP2)
  • Windows 7 Home Premium and Professional 32-bit and 64-bit editions

Linux 32-bit and 64-bit Systems

  • CentOS 5.3 and 5.4
  • openSUSE 10.2 and 11.1
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.3 and 5.4
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 SP2 and 11
  • Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic)