LISA 2000 Abstract
Peep (The Network Auralizer): Monitoring Your Network with Sound
Michael Gilfix and Alva Couch, Tufts University
Activities in complex networks are often both too important to
ignore and too tedious to watch. We created a network monitoring
system, Peep, that replaces visual monitoring with a sonic `ecology'
of natural sounds, where each kind of sound represents a specific kind
of network event. This system combines network state information from
multiple data sources, by mixing audio signals into a single audio
stream in real time. Using Peep, one can easily detect common network
problems such as high load, excessive traffic, and email spam, by
comparing sounds being played with those of a normally functioning
network. This allows the system administrator to concentrate on more
important things while monitoring the network via peripheral hearing.
This work was supported in part by a USENIX student software