Today there exists a variety of network management tools for
the collection and presentation of network statistical data.
Different kinds of measurements and presentation techniques
make it hard to compare data between networks. There exists a
need to compare these statistical data on a uniform basis to
facilitate cooperative management, ease problem isolation and
network planning.
The working group will try to define a model for network
statistics, a minimal set of common metrics, tools for
gathering statistical data, a common statistical database
storage format and common presentation formats. Collecting
tools will store data in a given format later to be retrieved
by presentation tools displaying the data in a predefined way.