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GL Announces

APIs for Protocol Simulation and Conformance

Welcome to another July, 2016 issue of GL Communications'
Newsletter providing information and insight into new API's support for
custom development of versatile Protocol Simulation and
Conformance Test Tool referred to asMessage Automation &
Protocol Simulation (MAPS) platform.

GL's Message Automation & Protocol Simulation (MAPS) is a
flexible, script driven platform used to generate protocol signaling
messages and bearer traffic. Each variant of MAPS is delivered with a
set of scripts which offer a working, out-of-the-box state machine to

get users up and running right away. These scripts (and the messages
they send) are also fully customizable so that users can develop their
own complex test cases and implement custom/proprietary usage of
the protocol. All variants of MAPS use the same software architecture
and proprietary scripting language, meaning once a user is
comfortable and familiar with one version of MAPS, his knowledge is
readily transferable to every other version.
This script-based flexibility makes MAPS an appropriate test tool for
almost any testing paradigm, including:

Functional regression testing

Long duration, high volume performance/load testing

Protocol conformance testing

Negative testing

IVR traversal

Interoperability testing

Voice Quality testing

The call control scripts can also automatically handle the generation
and reception of bearer traffic over the established call. MAPS
supports transmission and detection of various traffic types over IP
(RTP, GTP), ATM, & TDMover established calls with the support of
necessary hardware. The types of traffic supported are:

Analog and TDM Traffic (digits, voice files, single tones, dual
tones, Dynamic VF, fax, sms, and IVR)
RTP Traffic (digits, voice files, single / dual tones, fax, video, and
Mobile Traffic (User-plane GTP and Gateway SMS, HTTP, Email,
FTP, Video)
Short Message Service (SMS) Test Solutions
For more information, user can visit Traffic Simulation page.

MAPS also includes support for wide range of codec rates user can
visit Voice Codecs webpage for more details.
New API Features

The new API allows for programmatic and automated control over all
MAPS platforms. Each MAPS server can receive multiple client
connections and offer independent execution to each client. Likewise,
each client is able to connect to multiple MAPS servers, including
servers running different protocols, permitting complex cross-protocol
test cases.
Python and Java API
In addition to existing Tcl and VBS APIs, GL is now offering Python and
Java APIs for most variants of MAPS. The new API is written using an
object-oriented coding paradigm, designed to give the user simple and
intuitive containers for their messages, calls and regressions. The new
API is divided into High and Low level function calls.

High level scripts leave the protocol logic to the underlying call control
script on the MAPS server. Meaning, for example when receiving a
SIP INVITE, the High Level call control script will immediately and
automatically respond with a 100 Trying and 180 Ringing, when it
eventually sends the 200 OK and it will retransmit in accordance with
the RFC.

A Low Level call control scripts transplant that logic to

the API language, giving the user full control over signaling. This
necessarily leads to more complex API scripts but it gives the user
complete control over the state machine.
Full Message Decode in API
The new API, both High and Low, can now extract complete decode of
all messages in a call along with the timestamp of when that message
was transmitted or received:
INVITE -> 12:20:48.717
INVITE sip:0001@ SIP/2.0
Via: SIP/2.0/UDP;branch=z9hG4bK_4_2494928976-54172604
Max-Forwards: 70

From: 348
To: 345 <sip:0001@>
Call-ID: GL-MAPS_3_2494928976-5416-2604@
Contact: 348 <sip:0001@>
Content-Type: application/sdp
Content-Length: 246
This text can be parsed and reacted to using API language regex
libraries or any other means the user wishes. Among many other uses,
this now allows the user to parse and react to custom/proprietary fields
which he otherwise might not be able to. The ability to extract
timestamps for every message also makes it trivial to track message
response delays.
Voice Quality Testing
A new optional license for MAPS RTP Core now offers integrated,
packet-based Voice Quality analysis, example:
CMOS = 4.195313
LMOS = 4.195313
AVG_JITTER = 0.012000