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  1. DICOM Anniversary Conference & WorkshopBaltimore, 22-23 Sept 2003 Automatic Configuration of DICOM Network Applications Experience with Frozen Draft of Supplement 67 Andrew Hewett Siemens Medical Solutions

  2. Scope – DICOM Configuration Management (Supplement 67) Scope Status Quo Future Vision Profiles Trial Test Cases Experience • Simplify installation and maintenance of DICOM Network Applications • Reduce manual data entry of network parameters • Automate collection of network parameters • Automate distribution of network parameters • Use industry standard IT network protocols • DHCP – Obtain Network Parameters • DNS – Resolve names to addresses • NTP – Maintain accurate synchronized time • LDAP – Directory lookup of network devices & capabilities

  3. Status Quo – Install a new Workstation Scope Status Quo Future Vision Profiles Trial Test Cases Experience • Administrator / Technician / User • Identify network parameters of new Workstation • Manual entry of “self” network parameters • Hostname, IP-Address, Netmask, DNS, Default Gateway, … • Unused Unique AE Title(s), Local Port, Supported Services, … • Manual entry of “remote node” network parameters for each device with which communication is desired • Hostnames, IP-addresses, AE Titles, Ports • Supported Services, Roles, Transfer Syntaxes • Device type (e.g. RIS, Archive, Printer, …), … • Visit each device in network • Manually enter network parameters of new WS

  4. Future – Install a new Workstation(Centrally Driven) Scope Status Quo Future Vision Profiles Trial Test Cases Experience • Administrator • Creates name/credentials and registers WS with DHCP/DNS/LDAP • Loads predefined WS configuration in LDAP server • Device details, hostname, ports, AETs, SOP Classes, etc. • Peer (Workflow) Devices, etc. • Technician • Installs hardware & enters WS name/credentials • Workstation Automatically • Obtains network parameters & synchronizes to network time • Obtains “own” configuration from LDAP server • Technician • Refines WS configuration (if necessary)

  5. Future – Install a new Workstation(Client Driven) Scope Status Quo Future Vision Profiles Trial Test Cases Experience • Administrator • Creates name/credentials and registers WS with DHCP/DNS/LDAP • Technician • Installs hardware & enters WS name/credentials • Workstation Automatically • Obtains network parameters & synchronizes to network time • Identifies available unique DICOM AE Title(s) for own use • Registers WS own capabilities to LDAP server • Searches for “interesting” remote DICOM devices in LDAP Server • RIS, Archive, Network Printers, Workstations • Technician • Refines WS configuration (if necessary)

  6. Future – Send images to a new WS Scope Status Quo Future Vision Profiles Trial Test Cases Experience • A new WS is installed • Other devices can immediately send images to new WS • Fully Dynamic Configuration (e.g. on a Modality) • Open Patient Browser (view of Local Database) • Select Patient and choose “Send to WS …” • Dialog shows “filtered” list of “assigned” Workstations • Obtained from central config server • Select desired WS (if more than 1) • Send images to selected WS • Using network parameters obtained from central config server (LDAP & DNS) • Many variations on this theme are possible

  7. Configuration Management Profiles Scope Status Quo Future Vision Profiles Trial Test Cases Experience • Products can claim conformance to separate Profiles • Network Address Management Profile • Obtain Network Parameters & Resolve names to addresses • Client must support DHCP & DNS • Time Synchronization Profile • Maintain accurate synchronized time • Client must support SNTP or NTP • DICOM Application Configuration Management Profile • Directory lookup of network devices & capabilities • Client must support LDAP protocol & DICOM schema • Each Profile defines • Actors & Transactions (Required/Optional)

  8. Configuration Management Profiles Scope Status Quo Future Vision Profiles Trial Test Cases Experience • Products can claim conformance to separate Profiles • Network Address Management Profile • Obtain Network Parameters & Resolve names to addresses • Client must support DHCP & DNS • Time Synchronization Profile • Maintain accurate synchronized time • Client must support SNTP or NTP • DICOM Application Configuration Management Profile • Directory lookup of network devices & capabilities • Client must support LDAP protocol & DICOM schema • Each Profile defines • Actors & Transactions (Required/Optional)

  9. Trial Implementation Scope Status Quo Future Vision Profiles Trial Test Cases Experience • WG6 created a “Frozen Draft for Trial Implementation” • Sup67 is unusual for DICOM Standardization • Discover and fix problems before Ballot • “Frozen Draft” status will be reviewed in January 2004 • Siemens has developed a demo client implementation • Microsoft .NET Environment • Uses DirectoryServices class library for LDAP client support • Tested against the SunONE and OpenLDAP directory servers

  10. Test Cases Scope Status Quo Future Vision Profiles Trial Test Cases Experience • Install a new LDAP Server into a legacy network • Install a new managed device (pre-loaded LDAP Server configuration) • Install a new managed device (file-based data upload) • Install a new managed device (protocol-based data upload) • Find archives, workstations and printers • Change managed device configuration on the server • Change managed device configuration (file-based data upload) • Change managed device configuration (protocol-based data upload)

  11. Trial Experience Scope Status Quo Future Vision Profiles Trial Test Cases Experience • Successfully completed all LDAP-related test cases • Limitations of LDAP server products & client libraries • Multi-valued RDNs • Modify RDN • Minor revisions to DICOM LDAP schema necessary • Clarification of some details necessary • Renaming a device • Intended use of “Peer AE Titles” • Important to test with multiple LDAP servers • Strict vs. lenient syntax checking