Other Tools
Some Very Useful Tools for Monitoring Different Aspects of Multicast


The following table lists various tools available for monitoring the multicast. The characterstics of the tools have been grouped into four major categories (listed in the first row of the table header).

 

Tool Source for data collection Type of Monitoring Scope of monitoring and analysis Utility of the Output
Router/ NW/ SNMP Applic - ation Other Tools Traffic & Route Session Session Subnet Time Text Files GUI
Single Multiple Intra Inter Online Historic
MantaRay     X X         X X       X
Mantra X     X X X X X X X X   X X
Mhealth   X X X X X     X X X   X X
Mlisten   X     X   X   X X X   X X
Mrinfo X     X       X   X   X    
Mtrace X     X   X     X X   X    
MultiMON X X   X     X X   X X     X
RM X   X X         X X X   X  
RTPmon   X     X X   X   X       X
SDR-Monitor   X     X   X   X X     X X
SM X X   X X X X X   X       X

MantaRay
URL: http://www.caida.org/publications/papers/1999/manta/
Contact: Brad Huffaker (bhuffake@caida.org)
Caption: MBone Visualization
Summary: This tool gives and online graphical display of the geographical placement of the MBone infrastructure and detailed views of the topologies of these placements. Another tool useful for the visualization of MBone topology and other networking data is Otter, also developed by Bradley Huffaker.
Mechanism: mtrace + mrinfo
Comment:
Avail: free

Mantra
URL: http://imj.ucsb.edu/mantra/
Contact: Prashant Rajvaidya (prash@cs.ucsb.edu) and Kevin Almeroth (almeroth@cs.ucsb.edu)
Caption: Monitor and Analysis of Traffic in Multicast Routers.
Summary: Mantra is a tool for monitoring the multicast traffic at the router level. The main tasks of Mantra include collecting data from the routers, processing and analyzing the collected data, generating online reports and logging the processed data as well as the analysis results. The results are presented online, through web pages, in the form of interactive graphs and HTML tables.
Mechanism: Information from the router-tables.
Comment:
Avail: results

MHealth
URL: http://imj.ucsb.edu/mhealth/
Contact: David Makofske (davidm@cs.ucsb.edu) and Kevin Almeroth (almeroth@cs.ucsb.edu)
Caption: A Real-Time Multicast Tree Visualization and Monitoring Tool
Summary: A graphical, near real-time multicast monitoring tool. MHealth is able to discover and display the full network tree distribution and delivery quality for a group. MHealth also provides data logging functionality for the purpose of isolating and analyzing network faults. Logs can be analyzed to provide information such as receiver lists over time, route histories and changes, and the location, duration, and frequency of loss.
Mechanism: RTCP-Data + mtrace
Comment:
Avail: free

Mlisten
URL: http://www.cc.gatech.edu/computing/Telecomm/mbone/
Contact: Kevin Almeroth (almeroth@cs.ucsb.edu)
Caption: MBone Collection Tool
Summary: A tool for the collection and processing of MBone membership information. The tool can be used to generate information about (1) join and leave statistics, (2) connection time characteristics, and (3) multicast tree size and characteristics.
Mechanism: Information from Session Announcements + RTCP-data
Comment:
Avail: free

Mrinfo
URL: ftp://ftp.parc.xerox.com/pub/net-research/ipmulti/
Contact: Bill Fenner 
Caption: Display configuration info from a multicast router.
Summary: Mrinfo uses the ASK_NEIGHBORS IGMP message to the specified multicast router. The results include version number of the router being queried and a list of the neighboring multicast routers along with the additional information related to them such as metrics, thresholds, and flags.
Mechanism: IGMP message.
Comment:
Avail: free

Mtrace
URL: ftp://ftp.parc.xerox.com/pub/net-research/ipmulti/
Contact: Bill Fenner 
Caption: Multicast traceroute
Summary: Returns a snapshot of the set of links used to connect a particular source with a particular destination. Additional information that can be obtained includes loss rates along the links, number of multicast packets flowing across each hop per second for that particular address. A trace query is passed hop-by-hop along the reverse path from the receiver to the source, collecting hop addresses, packet counts, and routing error conditions along the path, and then the response is returned to the requestor. Currently the most effective means of debugging mbone routing problems.
Mechanism: Tracing feature in multicast routers and extension to IGMP messages
Comment: The results are not guaranteed all the time and are not 100% reliable. However, currently it is the most effective means of debugging mbone routing problems.
Avail: free

MultiMON
URL: http://www.merci.crc.ca/mbone/MultiMON/
Contact: J.L.Robinson (john.robinson@crc.ca) and J.A.Stewart (john.stewart@crc.ca)
Caption: Multicast Network Monitor
Summary: MultiMON is a monitor that collects, organises and displays all the IP multicast traffic that is detected at the location of the MultiMON Server. While MultiMON is a general purpose muticast monitoring tool, it is intended in particular to monitor multicast traffic on local network segments and should assist a network administrator in managing the traffic on an Intranet. Multimon is built on a client/server basis which allows the data collectors (Servers) to be distant from the GUI front end displays (Clients).
Mechanism: TCPdump
Comment:
Avail: free

RM
URL: http://ganef.cs.ucla.edu/~masseyd/Route/
Contact: Bill Fenner and Daniel Massey (masseyd@cs.ucla.edu)
Caption: Route Monitor
Summary: Multicast Routing Monitor (RM) focuses mainly on monitoring the stability of various multicast routes in the existing topology of multicast. This tool collects data at the network layer by recording the DVMRP route updates issued by the local multicast routers. The results generated by Multicast Routing Monitor are in the form of regularly and frequently updated reports, listing some of the most unstable routes and describing plausible reasons for their instability.
Mechanism: Listen for Route Updates
Comment:
Avail: free

RTPmon
URL: ftp://mm-ftp.cs.berkeley.edu/pub/rtpmon/
Contact: Andrew Swan (aswan@cs.berkeley.edu) and David Bacher (drbacher@cs.berkeley.edu)
Caption: RTCP Monitor
Summary: Rtpmon can be used to monitor the control information exchanged between applications that implement RTP, Real-Time Transport Protocol. Feedback from receivers, including the loss rate and jitter, are displayed in a table that can be sorted in various ways to help isolate and diagnose multicast distribution problems.
Mechanism: RTCP-Data
Comment:
Avail: free

SDR-Monitor
URL: http://imj.ucsb.edu/sdr-monitor/
Contact: Kamil Sarac (ksarac@cs.ucsb.edu) and Kevin Almeroth (almeroth@cs.ucsb.edu)
Caption: Sdr Global Session Monitoring Effort
Summary: An effort to track, manage, and present information about the availability of world-wide sdr sessions. A collection of web pages has been put together, updated several times every hour, where an aggerageted view of sdr-cache entries sent by participants from around the world is displayed.
Mechanism: Information from the sdr-cache.
Comment:
Avail: results

SM
URL: http://carmen.cselt.it/ipmc/sm/
Contact: Domenico Lento (domenico.lento@cselt.it)
Caption: MBone Session Monitor
Summary: Session-Monitor (SM) is a tool for listing all the SDR sessions currently visible to the host running the tool. Also displays various SDP, User and Traffic Statistics graphically.
Mechanism: Information from Session Announcements + RTCP-data
Comment:
Avail: free


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