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Actix DV for Agilent 2.1


November 2004
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Contents

1 ACTIX DV FOR AGILENT OVERVIEW ................................... 3
2 SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS .................................................... 5
     RECOMMENDED SYSTEM CONFIGURATION .........................................................5
     MINIMUM SYSTEM CONFIGURATION ...................................................................6
3 WHAT’S NEW IN 2.1? ......................................................... 7
     HANDSET, SCANNER, AND DATA SUPPORT ........................................................7
     SUPPORT FOR AGILENT E6474 (NITRO) RELEASE 8...........................................8
     EV-DO DATA SUPPORT...................................................................................8
     EDGE DATA SUPPORT ....................................................................................9
     REPLAY PANEL .............................................................................................10
     DATA VIEWS .................................................................................................11
     ADDITIONAL FLEXIBILITY ................................................................................16
     ENHANCED WAMS SUPPORT ........................................................................18
     FIXES AND ENHANCEMENTS ...........................................................................18
4 KNOWN ISSUES ............................................................... 19
     GENERAL ......................................................................................................19
     ACTIX SHORTCUTS ........................................................................................19
     CHARTS........................................................................................................19
     CONSOLE .....................................................................................................20
     EVENT NAVIGATOR ........................................................................................20
     PROTOCOL STACK BROWSER .........................................................................20
     REPORTS .....................................................................................................20
     WORKSPACES ...............................................................................................20




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1             Actix DV for Agilent Overview
                         Actix DV for Agilent is an advanced software solution that
                         enables fast, accurate visualization and analysis of
                         information collected by drive test equipment. Engineers
                         tasked with performing localized diagnostics and
                         optimization on GSM, GPRS, EDGE, UMTS CDMA2000
                         and EV-DO wireless networks are empowered to achieve
                         their goals through a carefully designed user interface and
                         powerful underlying data analysis technology.

                         Detailed knowledge of drive test equipment and the
                         environment in which it is used has enabled the design of a
                         solution that will exceed expectations and significantly
                         improve productivity. User-controlled software views
                         enable all of the appropriate information to be displayed on
                         screen in easy-to-read tables, charts and maps that have
                         been tailored for this application. Built-in features such as
                         protocol stack browsing and drill-down enable specific
                         events to be diagnosed in detail within the same intuitive
                         user environment, whilst a range of standardized reports
                         present useful KPIs and other measurements for multiple
                         days of data.

                         Actix DV for Agilent features a unique event navigator
                         view which displays a timeline of the events recorded in the
                         drive test data. Forwards and backwards "replay" of the
                         logfile enables instant identification and analysis of key
                         events within the file without the need for sequential
                         analysis. This feature alone can significantly enhance the
                         user's ability to quickly identify and solve particular
                         problems, often within minutes of the drive test being
                         completed.

                         Actix and Agilent have worked together to deliver this
                         solution based upon ActixVision, a powerful and flexible
                         data processing and statistical analysis engine which is at
                         the heart of all Actix solutions. Using advanced software
                         technology and industry knowledge developed over many


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                         years and fully proven in the field, ActixVision supports
                         incoming data streams from all network technologies, and
                         provides the software application layer with key analysis
                         facilities such as KPI extraction through event-aware
                         processing and multi-dimensional querying and binning.
                         This technology, coupled with Agilent’s industry expertise,
                         has produced a market leading solution for the visualization
                         and diagnosis of network performance information.




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2             System requirements
                         This section defines the recommended and minimum
                         system requirements for successfully running Actix DV for
                         Agilent.

                         If you install DV on a system that does not meet the
                         recommended configuration requirements, you may
                         experience the following limitations:
                               •    You may be unable to process large amounts of
                                    data.
                               •    You may experience delays when trying to
                                    perform certain tasks.
                               •    You may not be able to take advantage of some
                                    mapping capabilities.
                               •    DV’s advanced correlation and analysis
                                    capabilities may not perform as desired.


Recommended system configuration
                         Processor (CPU)         Pentium III 700-MHz or higher.

                         Operating System        Microsoft Windows XP.

                         Memory (RAM)            512 Megabytes.

                         Available Hard Disk Space 15 Gigabytes (about 80MB
                         for DV; most of this space is for drive test data files, map
                         information, and virtual memory needs).

                                   Note    A paging file size of at least 1 GB is
                                           recommended on Windows 2000 and NT
                                           systems. You can set the paging file size
                                           by modifying the System properties from
                                           the Windows Control Panel.



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Minimum system configuration
                         Processor (CPU)       Pentium II 333-MHz or higher.

                         Operating System Microsoft Windows 98 (or later)
                         operating system, Microsoft Windows NT Workstation
                         operating system version 4.0 Service Pack 3 or later,
                         Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional or later operating
                         system.

                         Memory (RAM)          128 Megabytes.

                         Available Hard Disk Space 1 Gigabyte (for DV, drive
                         test data files, map information, and virtual memory needs).

                                Note     A paging file size of at least 1 GB is
                                         recommended on Windows 2000 and NT
                                         systems. You can set the paging file size
                                         by modifying the System properties from
                                         the Windows Control Panel.




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3             What’s new in 2.1?

Handset, Scanner, and Data Support
                         DV automatically correlates devices for you, allowing
                         quick multiple source visualization and analysis.

                         If a single instance of a handset, scanner, and/or data device
                         exists in a datafile, DV assumes that these should be
                         correlated.

                         If multiple instances of any device type exist in a datafile,
                         DV will rely on user-defined labels that can be added in the
                         E6474 (Nitro) software.

                         Identical labels should be used on all devices that require
                         correlation. Correlated devices will show up as a single
                         item in the console view (see below).




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Support for Agilent E6474 (Nitro) Release 8
                         This release provides support for Nitro EV-DO and EDGE
                         drive test data.



EV-DO Data Support
                         DV 2.1 supports EV-DO Data application collected from
                         Nitro by bundling reports, measurement windows and
                         charts.




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EDGE Data Support
                         DV 2.1 also supports EDGE Data application collected
                         from Nitro by bundling reports, measurement windows and
                         charts.




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Replay Panel

                                           Replay panel




                         The Replay panel is used to control the playback of the log
                         file, starting from the beginning of the file and displaying
                         the data message by message, either one message per click
                         of the inner buttons or playing through the messages using
                         the outer buttons, at a speed set using the sliding control.
                         This allows variable-speed, bi-directional playback, and
                         can also be used to step single messages.




                                                   Replay Speed      Properties




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Data Views
                            These views or 'forms' provide many different ways of
                            examining aspects of data for a particular technology, and
                            are provided in a pre-defined arrangement in a DV
                            workspace.

                            Many data views have been added for this release, and this
                            section lists all data views provided (each technology also
                            offers one or more Event Navigator views):

                     GPRS
                            GPRS Data Session – This form provides a snapshot of
                            important data parameters for both received and transmitted
                            packets.

                            GPRS Data Timeslots – This form provides a quick and
                            easy view of time slot usage on the uplink and downlink.

                            GPRS Throughput – This chart provides a time-series
                            view of downlink throughput for several protocol layers.

                            GPRS Composite Measurement Chart– This chart
                            provides a time-series view of multiple measurements that
                            signature the behavior of GPRS network.

                     GSM
                            GSM Current Channel – This form provides a summary
                            of important serving channel and serving cell radio
                            parameters, including BCCH frequency, TCH frequency,
                            Hopping Frequencies, Current TS, MAIO, HSN, Speech
                            Codec.

                            GSM Measurement Chart – This chart provides a time-
                            series view of RxLevSub and RxQualSub. The vertical
                            black bar denotes the currently selected message.

                            GSM Neighbor Chart – This chart provides an ordered
                            view of the signal levels of both serving and neighbor cells.
                            BCCH and BSIC are available in the tool-tip.




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                            GSM Radio Parameters – This form provides a quick
                            look at important radio parameters including RxLev,
                            RxQual, Transmit Power, Timing Advance and FER.

                            GSM Serving + Neighbors – This form provides a list of
                            serving and neighbor cells along with the corresponding
                            ARFCN, BSIC and RxLev.

                     EDGE
                            EGPRS BEP Chart – This form provides trend of BEP at
                            different modulation scheme as well as a detail view of
                            RMAC layer KPI.

                            EGPRS Current Channel - This form provides a
                            summary of important serving channel and serving cell
                            radio parameters, including BCCH frequency, TCH
                            frequency, Hopping Frequencies, Current TS, MAIO, HSN.

                            EGPRS Data Session – This form provides summary view
                            of each data session

                            EGPRS Uplink/Downlink Analysis Chart – This chart
                            provides a time-series view of multiple measurements that
                            signature the behavior of EDGE supported network.

                            EGPRS Status – This is a detail view of multiple key
                            EDGE parameters such as BEP, Coding Scheme, Window
                            Size, etc.

                            EGPRS Summary – This is a summary view of EDGE
                            KPI including RLC, LLC, SNDCP, Application
                            Throughput, Data Retransmission, RMAC Metrics, etc.

                            EGPRS Throughput Chart – This form provides a time-
                            series view of Uplink and Downlink RLC/LLC
                            Throughput.

                     UMTS Voice
                            UMTS Active NBor Sets Chart – This chart shows a
                            snapshot of the SC's in the Active and Monitored sets, and
                            their signal levels at a particular instance in time.

                            UMTS Active NBor Sets Time Chart – This chart shows
                            a time series of Ec/Io of Active and Monitored set
                            measurements.


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                          UMTS Active NBor Sets RSCP Time Chart – This chart
                          shows a time series of RSCP of Active and Monitored set
                          measurements.

                          UMTS Measurement Charts – This chart shows a time
                          series view of coverage parameters during the drive route.

                          UMTS Radio Parameters – This form shows the
                          measurements from the Active and Monitored sets with the
                          corresponding mobile transmit power and average
                          downlink transport channel Block Error Rate.

                          UMTS Measurement Control Summary – This form
                          shows the measurements retrieved from RRC layer’s
                          measurement control summary of both uplink and
                          downlink.

                          UMTS Neighbor List – This form reports the current
                          neighbor list.

                          UMTS Scanner Charts – This chart shows the signal
                          levels from the Top N scrambling codes read by the
                          scanner.

                          UMTS Pilot Pollution Chart – This chart best works with
                          UMTS voice event navigator. It indicates the possible
                          pollutants in the event of pilot pollution.

                     UMTS Data
                          UMTS Composite Measurement Windows (UL/DL) –
                          These are charts in time series showing RRC throughput in
                          parallel with other related measurements for both Uplink
                          and downlink.

                          UMTS RLC Statistics Measurement – This window
                          provides measurements for some of the key performance
                          indicator collected in the RLC layer.

                          UMTS Task Summary – This is a summary view of
                          measurement collected from Nitro Data Testing Device.

                     CDMA 1X
                          CDMA Handset Summary Information – This form
                          gives handset information such as MIN, channel, protocol
                          in use. The serving site is also called out.


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                         CDMA RLP Statistics – This form shows uplink and
                         downlink RLP statistics such as frame counts and erasures.
                         Charts of uplink and downlink RLP cumulative throughput
                         are also show.

                         CDMA Radio Link Measurements – This chart shows
                         time-series views of FER, transmit power, receive power,
                         and aggregate Ec/Io.

                         CDMA Radio Link Summary – This form shows handset
                         information, a summary of radio link statistics, and a chart
                         showing EcIo values for each measured finger.

                         CDMA Code Domain Power by Walsh Code – This form
                         shows the measurement uniquely collected Nitro – Code
                         Domain Power. Chart view measurements in the order of
                         the PN.

                         CDAM Code Domain Power by Lowest Channel – This
                         form shows the measurement uniquely collected Nitro –
                         Code Domain Power. Chart view measurements are pre-
                         sorted by Channel.

                         CDMA Code Domain Statistics – This measurement
                         window provides a detail view of multiple Code Domain
                         Attributes.

                         CDMA Composite Measurement Chart – This chart
                         shows a time series of several key CDMA RLP layer
                         measurements

                         CDMA Task Summary – This is a summary view of
                         measurement collected from Nitro Data Testing Device

                         CDMA Pilot Pollution Chart – This chart best works with
                         CDMA voice event navigator. It indicates the possible
                         pollutants in the event of pilot pollution.

                     EV-DO
                         EVDO Pilot Measurement – This is a graphical view
                         showing Ec/Io of Active Set, Candidate Set, and Neighbor
                         Set of measured pilots.

                         EVDO Forward Rate Statistics (Traffic Channel) – This
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                         of each traffic channel. It is also accompanied with RLC
                         throughput chart.

                         EVDO Forward Rate Statistics (Control Channel) –
                         This form offers a detail breakdown of Good/Bad CRC
                         received of each control channel. It is also accompanied
                         with RLC throughput chart.

                         EVDO Handset Power Measurement – This window
                         provides handset power information such as open/close
                         loop transmit power, AGC Power, and total transmit power.

                         EVDO Reverse Traffic Statistics – The form provides a
                         distribution of usage in reverse traffic channels.




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Additional Flexibility
                         DV 2.1 provides much more flexibility for users to
                         visualize data in different ways:
                              •    Configurable Table



                                                 Attribute Picker




                              •    Configurable Chart




                              Attribute Picker




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                                  •   Filter for controlling the data displayed in each
                                      data window:


                         Filter




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Enhanced WAMS Support
                         DV 2.1 provides a seamless method for automerging
                         WAMS data set and RF data from the handset. This allows
                         users to correlate between WAMS data and trace data.




                                                                                WAMS Data



                                                                          GSM Rx Lev




                              •   DV 2.1 now also supports MMS and WAP Test.


Fixes and Enhancements
                              •   Fixed UMTS handset name in Console View.
                              •   Included UMTS Pilot Pollution and Missing
                                  Neighbor Rx information.
                              •   Included CDMA Pilot Pollution and Missing
                                  Neighbor Rx information.
                              •   Enhanced UMTS MultiRAT support.
                              •   Enhanced mapping functionalities.
                              •   Enhanced replay tool.
                              •   General file loading and memory-usage
                                  performance improvement.




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4             Known Issues

General
                         •   Actix DV automatically synchronizes CDMA
                             handset and PN Scanner measurements that were
                             made on the same frequency at the same time.
                             When the handset is in idle mode, DV may
                             incorrectly determine the handset’s frequency
                             and, as a result, synchronize incorrectly with PN
                             Scanner measurements during these times.
                         •   Matching cellref data is required to properly show
                             the handoff state in UMTS data.
                         •   Downlink TFI information for Nitro 8 files
                             captured using a Nokia 6230 handset is not
                             displayed, as the information is not available in
                             the .sd5 file – the RMAC messaging containing
                             the DL TFI information from the Nokia 6230 is
                             not captured by Nitro 8 and thus not visible in
                             DV.


Actix shortcuts
                         •   Some Actix shortcuts are not removed from the
                             Windows Start menu on an upgrade.


Charts
                         •   The Chart's Attributes icon does not respond to
                             changes to the Toolbar size. When changing the
                             Preferences option to deselect "Use Small
                             Toolbars", the chart Attributes icon does not
                             change at all. It should update with text as with all
                             other toolbar icons.



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Console
                         •   The console defaults to showing details on the last
                             stream loaded rather than the defaulting to the
                             first.
                         •   No console report will show up for data devices
                             and scanners that are not correlated to handsets.


Event Navigator
                         •   Data views that are docked do not open properly
                             when saved in a workspace, but appear
                             compressed to the left. To correct the view,
                             simply refresh the window.


Protocol Stack Browser
                         •   All the Layer 3 protocol messages are displayed
                             as UPLINK.


Reports
                         •   The FTP GET report also shows FTP PUT results
                             and vice versa.
                         •   Rx Power should be part of CDMA Radio Link
                             Distribution window.
                         •   The WAMS tests should be separated because
                             they have measurement names in common, and it
                             is not possible to identify which WAMS test the
                             measurement refers to.


Workspaces
                         •   Workspaces saved in DV2.0 do not open properly
                             in DV2.1. The map is empty and it is not possible
                             to add any further attributes. Also, the console
                             report says 'page cannot be found'. There is an
                             extra stream in the stream selector pane.




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