Application Programming Interface


Command Line Interface


Communication Service Access Point Device Under Testing


Local Area Network


Remote Control Facility


Report Generator Tool


Test Agent


Traffic Application Domain of the RCFG


Test Coverage Estimation


Test Environment


TE Engine Tester


Communication Service Access Point

An object, which could be created on a Test Agent to send/receive some data (packets, frames, cells, CLI commands, etc.) A set of primitives to create and destroy CSAP, receive and send data is associated with each type of CSAP.

Device Under Test (DUT)

Station where a tested hardware/software is located.

RCF Application Domain

A semantically independent set of services provided by RCF (for example, TA configuration service). A set of API functions, protocol commands and routines of TA libraries for command handling, corresponds to a particular application domain. Some application domains may be unsupported by some Test Agents.


A complete sequence of actions required to achieve a specific purpose (e.g., a check that tested system provides a required functionality, complies to a standard, etc.) and producing a verdict pass/fail (possibly accompanied by additional data).

Test Package

Group of tightly related tests or test packages, which may share internal libraries and usually run together (one-by-one or simultaneously). Test Package may consist of one test. It may have a prologue (performing some initialization) and epilogue (releasing resources and restoring TE configuration).

Test Agent

An application running on the NUT or other station and performing some actions (configuring NUT or itself, interacting with the tested system, sending/receiving packets, etc.) according to instructions provided by the Test Engine. All interactions with the tested system should be performed via Test Agent only.

Test Engine

Set of applications performing testing of tested subsystem according to Test Package(s) and configuration specified by a user. It is responsible for:

  • preparing executables for Test Packages, Test Agents and TE Subsystems as well as bootable NUT images;

  • starting Test Agents and configuring the environment and NUT via Test Protocol as well as providing configuration information to tests;

  • executing tests in mode and order specified by a user;

  • interacting with Test Agents on behalf of tests;

  • logging and generation of reports.

Test Protocol

Protocol used for Test Engine and Test Agent interaction.

Test Environment (TE)

Software product, which includes:

  • software applications (Test Agent, Test Engine, tools, etc.) allowing to perform the sequence of actions specified by the test scenario and obtain results in convenient form;

  • set of libraries supporting specific protocols, platforms and features;

  • set of documents describing test creation framework and software tools simplifying this task;

  • set of documents describing TE enhancement framework (creation of new libraries, support of new platforms, etc.) and software tools simplifying this task;

  • user guides describing TE usage (how to run tests, possible log formats, libraries API, etc.).

Note, that tests are not considered as part of the TE.

Test Environment Subsystem

A mandatory and logically separate module (which may include software, data, documents) of the Test Environment responsible for one of main services provided by TE. The TE Subsystem can provide service to:

  • TE user (for example, TA Creation Framework);

  • tests or

  • other TE subsystems.

TE Subsystem may run in one or several threads (processes), or on one or several stations (including NUT).