Ramon Casellas proposes to specify in the RIA 1.1 two name-value pairs which allow to group PathComputationService concurrent provisioning:
It is possible to define an agreement between client and server that the Path Computation task is composed by N distinct Paths, implemented through N PathComputationService requests with a common group id and the index.
This solution does not conform to the protocol, but is doable in TAPI 2.1.3
Nigel Davis will present the PathSet concept as more generic mechanism to group Paths, see next P2 slot.
Karthik Sethuraman In MEF and TMF there is the concept of Order, which purpose is to track the provisioning activity.
Proposed the solution to specify the ConnectivityService / Path constraints as an
ordered set of NEPs (referenced by name),
per each NEP a new data structure (allocation) which includes technology specific constraints, e.g. wavelength, amplifier gain/tilt, etc:
Andrea Mazzini we should try to avoid model duplications, because the detailed path/route constraints can be specified through a subset of current (technology specific) CEP attributes. Ideally we should split the CEP object between intent and state attributes. Nigel Davis we also need to consider intents expressed as ranges., e.g. route the connection using a choice between three time-slots. Ramon Casellas in GMPLS works we started some study considering ranges, but we concluded that it was too complex with respect to actual requirements, where ranges are not required but only exact single time-slot / wavelength. Karthik Sethuraman outlines a Use Case where Orchestrator provisions an end-to-end connectivity spanning three distinct managed domains:
First domain, the Orchestrator requests all the available wavelengths between UNI1 and ENNI1.
Second domain, the Orchestrator requests the subset of available wavelengths between ENNI1 and ENNI2 among the ones available in the first domain.
Third domain, the Orchestrator requests the subset of available wavelengths between ENNI2 and UNI2 among the ones available in the second domain.
Ramon Casellas suggests a simpler scenario, where Orchestrator asks to each domain all the available wavelengths and then enforces the one common to all three domains.
Nigel Davis we also need to consider multi-layer constraints, where not-yet-existing-client NEPs could be part of the constraints.
Ramon Casellas notes that PathComputationService already foresees 1-to-many Paths, hence using the diversityPolicy attribute of RoutingConstraint object it seems possible to implement some grouping provisioning.
Preliminary list of Path Computation Use Cases emerged during the discussion:
Client requests Server to calculate more Paths between same end points, each Path with different constraints (e.g. focus on delay or focus on cost, etc.). One of these Paths will be used as routing constraint for ConnectivityService provisioning. Note that a variable degree of routing diversity could be required between the group of Paths. To be considered also the multiplicity between PathComputationService and its Paths.
ERO provisioning, Client requests more detailed constraints, e.g. the exact label / time-slot / wavelength of a Path. Single layer only.
Stateless PCE, the calculated Path is not created at Server side, i.e. is seen at the management interface only in the reply of Path provisioning Post/RPC (Post could inherently not support a stateless provisioning). (Lower priority UC).
Concurrent computation of multiple Paths/ConnectivityServices (i.e. not be sequential computation) with specific rules for the set (e.g. degree of diversity).
There is an error in the current UML definition, the correct association between Path and Link is [* → 1..*] (rather than 1→ 1..*) because more Paths can share same Link.
Consider the static and dynamic cost of a Link, more in general it is required a dynamic planning (or on-line planning), where planned paths can change during their lifecycle to follow network changes (evolution, faults) while respecting the originally specified constraints (but there is only one RoutingConstraint instance per PathComputationService instance).
Karthik Sethuraman recalls that Path Computation was introduced for architectural purposes, and stateful. Nigel Davis presents the PathSet concept:
Set provides alternative Link Chains
Different PathSets may be used for different services
PathSets may be constructed for future cases that require different routing to current
PathSets are not provisioned
Agreed that PathSet is a generalization of the grouping solution proposed by Ramon Casellas in previous slot P1.2
Nigel Davisnoted that there is a distinction between a path and a connection in a connection oriented context where the connection has explicit network edge points but a path only sets out intermediate links.
It was noted that a PathComputationService is defined in terms of PathServiceEndPoints which are SIPs and hence is edge to edge. Editor's note (ND): So a Path that is chosen as a constraint in a ConnectivityService request should belong to a PathComputationService that has the same SIPs as the requested ConnectivityService (as other Paths, even those that go between the right NEs may not be viable for the SIPs - of course a path may not have capacity anyway as it was precomputed intentionally with no analysis of capacity)
Nigel Davis we should explore whether to collapse Path Computation into ConnectivityService provisioning, given that the Path is essentially a pre-computed intent for the Route.
Also consider the provisioning of multiple ConnectivityServices with intra-constraints.
The stateful paths may be known by a Control Plane and used for preplanned restoration etc.
Editor's note (ND): The distinction between a stateful Path and a ConnectivityService is that the Path is not activated to carry traffic and cannot be activated to carry traffic until used by a ConnectivityService and the connections are provisioned and activated.
Editor's note (ND): There are several dimensions here which need to be considered in any convergence/collapse,
stateful: Path/ConnectivityService are retained by the provider systems (controller and potentially a control plane or the underlying devices)
stateless: The path/ConnectivityService is not retained by the provider systems
specificity (there may be other forms of specificity in addition to the two listed... it could be argued that elements of viability are actually also elements of specificity)
path: Just a description of a way to get across the network for some purposes without details of the channel etc.
connection: A specific way across the network with details of the channels etc. sufficient to carry traffic assuming viable
viable: proven to have available potential capacity etc. at the point of calculation. It is questionable whether a path can be considered as viable.
reserved (must be stateful, ought to be viable, ought to be complete, i.e., a full connection statement): all necessary resources have been allocated and are not available to others (in a timeframe etc.)
deployed (essentially is reserved and stateful, ought to be viable, ought to be complete): all necessary resources are in place in the network and are setup for the purpose of supporting the ConnectivityService
operating (essentially is reserved, stateful, viable, complete): resources are operating and providing the necessary ConnectivityService
Editor's note (ND): There is a corner case of a serial compound link that appears as a link but is supported by serial connections within the span of the link where those connections are of the same layer/qualifier as the connection and where that necessary capacity can be reserved etc.
Andrea Mazzini considers that the Path could also be infrastructure, i.e. a virtual network to be used for future end-to-end ConnectivityService provisioning.
E.g. the ODUk Serial Compound Link Connection which interconnects the transponders.
Editor's note (ND): A virtual network is more than just paths. We need to study this in detail, I think it will end up being Node/Link construction with some viability considerations etc. as per discussion in the core. The current TAPI VN is lacking.
Some further considerations done on 15 April session:
Nigel Davis Can we combine ConnectivityService and PathComputationService into a single service?
Ramon Casellas To be considered the intra-Node constraints in WDM routing of IETF
Andrea Mazzini Reachability from line port to line port (e.g. Serial Compound Link Connection), in addition to reachability from UNI/ENNI to UNI/ENNI.
Consolidation of ODU OAM
Nigel Davis indicates that the CurrentData is not associated to the MEP/MIP/CEP instance providing the measurement.
Note that in Ethernet OAM the association is likely inherently defined by OAM job types.
Agreed that CurrentData shall include a reference to the MEP/MIP/CEP instance providing the measurement.
Discussion on PM data collection, there could be a degree of variations between the two extreme cases where PM data storage is either exclusively maintained on Server or on Client Controller side. These architectural differences can require different PM data structures.
Nigel Davis there is the need to represent policies like zero suppression and repetition suppression, by e.g. a new dedicated object, distinct but maybe related to OamProfile object.
Agreed that FEC parameters shall augment CurrentData and HistoryData rather than OTU CEP.
The FEC related measurements can be triggered automatically when OTU MEP (pac of OTU CEP) is provisioned.
The ODUCn contains n instances of the ODU PM overhead, numbered 1 to n (PM #1 to PM #n).
Agreed to model this multiplicity by a 1..n packages of ODU MEP, and analogously by an array of measurements for CurrentData/HistoryData.
<-- east cable from a to z -->
NodeA ; NodeZ ; Distance km ; Fiber type ; Lineic att ; Con_in ; Con_out ; PMD ; Cable Id ; <-- west from z to a --> Distance km ; Fiber type ; Lineic att ; Con_in ; Con_out ; PMD ; Cable Id
After some discussion, a possible approach could be a recursive forwarding topology, where the higher partitioning level shows the Connections spanning the Node (e.g. ROADM Node) and the lower partitioning level shows an abstraction of the internal topology of the ROADM, with "cross connection" view only where useful for management.
The main goal of PASSION project is the development of application driven photonic technologies supporting an innovative transceiver and node featuring different levels of aggregation (in spectrum, polarization and space) for an envisaged network architecture able to match the growing traffic demand in metro connections.
The viewpoint from SDN for the management of Media layer.
One of the key advantages of the SBV-T technology is the capability for dynamically add/remove bandwidth to a DSR service operating directly at optical layer
Switching on/off each single VCSEL (Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Laser), where O/E conversion is performed
This capability can be abstracted by managing the optical resources of the SBV-T transmitter and receiver nodes as “OTSi pools”.
The Muxponder Model:
In terms of TAPI model:
Nigel Davis shall the spectrum be contiguous? Germano Gasparini replies that while in theory a free spectrum management would improve the network usage, at least for metro networks the measured improvement was not meaningful, so for now it is considered only the contiguous mode.
Discussion on possible generalization to more line ports. A single OTSi SIP instance could represent the whole SBV-T capability, referencing more OTSi NEPs where the 40 OTSi could be routed.
Note that is possible either to add/remove bandwidth (quantitative) or to add/remove one or more given OTSi (qualitative).
This hardware moves the boundary of WDM network nearer to the client/UNI side.
Agreed that OTSiCoordinatesPac is not strictly necessary, but useful to identify hardware.
Agreed that groupId is redundant.
The considered service is DSR, directly adapted on optical carrier(s). For further study the OTN/Flex-O.
Consolidation of Alarm/TCA
Karthik Sethuraman we shall define the invariant information of alarms, the Alarm Catalog (or Specification), which could be
configurable (populated - Onboard API) or at least retrievable.
For example the Alarm notification includes an AlarmId which is the entry of Alarm Catalog, where to find the invariant associated information like "probable cause alias".
This to avoid the communication of unnecessary data at each alarm notification.
Nigel Davis There are three strategies for Specifications:
Nigel Davis these layers are often modeled as unidirectional, there is no strong reason - as every transmission fuction is inherently unidirectional - but the model shall include the unidirectional representation.
OTSiA could theoreticaly use a mix of C and L band spectrum
After some discussion, agreed that there are no strong criteria to steer the model hence
OTS and OMS can be represented by a single CEP instance with the new OTS_OMS layer protocol qualifier (instead of UNSPECIFIED qualifier)
OTS and OMS can be represented by distinct CEP instances with resp. OTS and OMS layer protocol qualifier
OTS and OMS layers can be represented wither unidirectionally or bidirectionally
OTS, OMS, MC are essentially different aggregations of Media Channels, agreed to keep only MediaChannelConnectionEndPointSpec class, with OTS/OMS/MC specific packages.
E.g. the MC pac will have a single spectrum info, while OTS/OMS pacs can list more non-contiguous spectrums.
A single OTS/OMS/MC CEP can represent C and L (and other future) bands
A single OTS/OMS/MC CEPs can represent a single band
In this case some parameters, e.g. related to OSC or amplifier, shall be common for more CEP instances.
Agreed to represent these parameters through an additional CEP instance, with PHOTONIC_MEDIA layer protocol name and UNSPECIFIED qualifier.
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