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2.3 EML
Element Management Layer


  1. Views at EML

[M.3010]  The EML manages each network element on an individual basis and supports an abstraction of the functions provided by the NE layer.
The element management layer has a set of element managers, that are individually responsible, on a devolved basis from the network management layer, for some subset of network elements.
Each element manager has the following three principle roles:

In short: Manage a Network Element as an individual component.  Managing equipment and local functions.  EML manages a Network Element, potentially more than one (most likely of similar type), but on individual basis.

Views at EML

Display a network element: node, trunk, station and connections.  For small sites the display will immediately show the individual components, for large site you need a layered approach (e.g. first the functional types of components).

Managed objects: (examples)

Operations: (examples)

Functional views

Function block diagram:  A functional view is represented by a block diagram.
Example of function block diagram:

Function Block diagram

Function type diagram:  When there are many instances of a particular type, it is useful to start with a function type diagram, i.e. there is a block for each function type, and such a block represents multiple functions of the same type.  When there are only a few instances, and all can be displayed at once, the block type diagram has no added value.
Example of function type diagram:

Function Type diagram

Block diagram:  To identify an individual function instance, one needs to 'zoom-in'.
Example zoomed-in on 'T' blocks of above view:  All individual blocks (trunk modules) are shown:

Block diagram

Physical views

Floorplan: The physical view at EML is typically a floorplan of a site.  Again, it is only useful when there are multiple racks/stacks; otherwise it can be skipped.
Example of a site floorplan:

Floor plan

Racks:  The next step is zooming-in on a particular rack (sometimes called cabinet), or equipment stack.  Again, when there is only a single subrack or equipment box, this step should be skipped.
Example of a rack view and box stack respectively:

Rack/Stack view

Subrack:  Zooming-in on a subrack (sometimes called shelf) or a box:

Shelf view

Board:  The last step is zoomed-in on a board. {Sometimes possible, of questionable use.}

Board view

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