Automatisiertes Performance-Monitoring


Outages and disruptions of IT business applications in enterprise networks can cause severe economic damages. Therefore corporations and public institutions invest heavily in their IT infrastructure to prevent outages and to faster detect their root causes. Monitoring systems are deployed which control the functionality of IT systems on different layers, such as networks, servers, and applications. These controls are mostly done locally and are not interconnected with each other. Issues such as overloading of routers can nowadays be detected on a subsystem level. However, the correlation with a root causes such as starting a software update during business hours which slows down other network applications remains unknown. The root cause analysis is mostly a manual process where monitoring data from different subsystems is linked together manually. This analysis is only done when the use is already affected and annoyed by the respective issue.

Goals and approach

The goal of the AutoMon project is to increase the robustness of IT infrastructures through a continuous, proactive, and cross-system function and performance monitoring as well as an automated root cause analysis. To this end we develop processes to automatically link monitoring data on a cross-system basis. These processes will then be implemented on distributed network systems. This allows administrators to receive visually enhanced and meaningful analyses of outages and disruptions. Issues can then be tackled more swiftly and the maintenance cost is reduced. Furthermore we develop a business intelligence solution which balances cost and gain of outage analyses. AutoMon delivers a founded information base to improve organizational and economical decisions in an enterprise. The system will be tested and evaluated in practice within the project partners' networks.

Innovations und perspectives

The potential for innovation in the AutoMon project lies especially in the economical use of system resources due to a automated self-configuration and self-optimization. Functions developed within the project will promptly be integrated into monitoring and data analysis solutions offered by both SME partners to increase their competitiveness with these unique unique selling points.


  • IsarNet Software Solutions GmbH
  • Sandstorm Media GmbH
  • IBM Deutschland Aviation Industry Services GmbH
  • DB Systel GmbH (IKT-Organisation der Deutschen Bahn)

Related publications

2018-11-01 Oliver Gasser, Quirin Scheitle, Pawel Foremski, Qasim Lone, Maciej Korczynski, Stephen D. Strowes, Luuk Hendriks, Georg Carle, “Clusters in the Expanse: Understanding and Unbiasing IPv6 Hitlists,” in Proceedings of the 2018 Internet Measurement Conference, New York, NY, USA, Nov. 2018. [Pdf] [Slides] [Homepage] [Rawdata] [Arxiv] [Blog] [DOI] [Bib]
2017-10-01 Oliver Gasser, Quirin Scheitle, Benedikt Rudolph, Carl Denis, Nadja Schricker, Georg Carle, “The Amplification Threat Posed by Publicly Reachable BACnet Devices,” Journal of Cyber Security and Mobility, Oct. 2017. [Url] [Pdf] [Bib]
2017-06-01 Quirin Scheitle, Oliver Gasser, Patrick Sattler, Georg Carle, “HLOC: Hints-Based Geolocation Leveraging Multiple Measurement Frameworks,” in Network Traffic Measurement and Analysis Conference (TMA), Best Dataset Award, Dublin, Ireland, Jun. 2017. [Pdf] [Slides] [Rawdata] [Arxiv] [Bib]
2017-05-01 Oliver Gasser, Quirin Scheitle, Carl Denis, Nadja Schricker, Georg Carle, “Security Implications of Publicly Reachable Building Automation Systems,” in Proc. 2nd Int. Workshop on Traffic Measurements for Cybersecurity, San Jose, CA, USA, May 2017. [Pdf] [Bib]
2017-02-01 Oliver Gasser, Quirin Scheitle, Carl Denis, Nadja Schricker, Georg Carle, “Öffentlich erreichbare Gebäudeautomatisierung: Amplification-Anfälligkeit von BACnet und Deployment-Analyse im Internet und DFN,” in 24. DFN-Konferenz Sicherheit in vernetzten Systemen, Hamburg, Germany, Feb. 2017. [Pdf] [Bib]

Finished student theses

Author Title Type Advisors Year Links
Christoph Schwarzenberg Measuring Performance and Path Characteristics of Webservers MA Simon Bauer, Benedikt Jaeger, Patrick Sattler 2019
Patryk Brzoza Accuracy Optimization of Passive Capacity Estimation GR Simon Bauer, Benedikt Jaeger 2019
Kilian Holzinger High Performance Online TCP Root Cause Analysis MA Simon Bauer, Paul Emmerich, Benedikt Jaeger 2019
Patryk Brzoza Implementation of a Network Bandwidth Estimation Tool BA Simon Bauer, Benedikt Jaeger 2018
Leonhard Stemplinger TCP Flow Performance Root Cause Monitoring BA Simon Bauer, Benedikt Jaeger 2018
Emanuel Vintila Continuous Development of Open Source C++ Flow Toolkit HiWi Oliver Gasser, Johannes Naab 2017
Johannes Fischer Browser-based Internet connection testing MA Florian Wohlfart, Oliver Gasser 2016
Jonas Heintzenberg Browser-based Internet connection testing BA Florian Wohlfart, Oliver Gasser 2016
Sven Hertle Analysis of cellular ISP networks MA Florian Wohlfart 2016
Nadja Schricker Active Security Evaluation with Network Scans BA Oliver Gasser, Quirin Scheitle 2016