Performance Analysis of SNMP in Airborne Tactical Networks

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Executive Summary

SNMP, SNMPv2 and SNMPv3 are the standard protocols for network management in traditional wired networks. New RFCs have updated SNMP, but it remains focused on high-availability, high-bandwidth networks. In the dynamic MANET of tactical edge networks, fast-moving aircraft and terrain obscuration combine to create conditions where traditional SNMP is less effective. In this paper, the authors propose innovative ways to improve SNMP Agent/Manager interactions, specifically addressing the limitations of a bandwidth constrained tactical edge network. They will analyze the performance improvements using a variety of aggregation techniques of multicast, reliable multicast and aggregation techniques to enhance the SNMP Agent/Manager interactions thus conserving bandwidth but still monitor and provide network situational awareness to the War Fighter.

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