The project has been organized as follows:
Task 1: Optimisation of management and control plane, including a cost analysis and management and control plane requirements based on the experience gained from existing networks development (SkyplexNet, AmerHis, A9780).
Task 2: Specification of management and control plane including UML diagrams.
Special attention is given to the Connection Control Protocol (C2P) specification. This specification includes the protocol state machines, the connection control procedures (considering successful and unsuccessful scenarios), and the C2P messages formatting.
The management and control functions critical for interoperability (based on protocol message exchange for the interface between RCST-NCC/NMC) are defined thanks to UML diagrams. UML (Unified Modelling Language) notation is a graphical language for visualization, specifying, constructing, and documenting the artefacts of a software intensive system.
Task 3: Interoperability Outline Test Plan (OTP)
Interoperability Outline Test Plan (OTP) for the Management Plane and Control Plane includes the test cases which need to be performed to ensure the interoperability of SatLabs Group EEIG recommended DVB-RCS terminals with respect to the harmonized management and control plane specifications provided in the frame of the HM&C Artes 1 project.
Task 4: Control plane detailed design
The aim of this Task was the specification of the control plane functions which are critical for interoperability, in other words, that require a protocol message exchange. This is done by UML and the generation of the methods, attributes, procedures and the inter objects dependencies using pseudo-coding (C++). Especial attention was paid to the C2P solution, as result of this task, the code of the protocol that can be made available for the Satellite community through ESA / SatLabs group for future C2P implementations.