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Layer Independent OAM Management in the Multi-Layer Environment

Document Charter Layer Independent OAM Management in the Multi-Layer Environment WG (lime)
Title Layer Independent OAM Management in the Multi-Layer Environment
Last updated 2015-10-14
State Approved
WG State Concluded
IESG Responsible AD Benoît Claise
Charter edit AD Benoît Claise
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Network Operators are increasingly challenged with operational and management
limitations in network deployments due to Operations, Administration, and
Maintenance (OAM) operating at different administrative and technology layers.
This problem is exacerbated by the lack of a common architectural OAM
management in those different layers and protocols. New work on network
virtualization further complicates the layering model and the problems of
coordinating OAM between layers and protocols.

The absence of a common approach to OAM management has made it difficult for
operators to: - Suppress large numbers of unnecessary alarms and notifications
related to defects and failures arising in lower layers and visible in each
higher layer - Quickly identify root causes of network failures - Coordinate
end-to-end performance measurement with the results of performance monitoring
at different layers in the network - Correlate defects, faults, and network
failures between the different layers to improve efficiency of defect and fault
localization and provide better OAM visibility.

The LIME working group will concentrate on the operational challenges in
consistent handling of end-to-end OAM and coordination of OAM within underlying
network layers. This work will enable consistent configuration, reporting, and
presentation for the OAM mechanisms used to manage the network, regardless of
the layers and technologies, including management mechanisms to facilitate
better mapping between information reported from OAM mechanisms that operate in
different network layers. It will also produce architectural guidelines for the
development of new OAM tools and protocols in both management plane and data
plane so that they may be coherent with these mechanisms and more easily
integrated from an operational points of view.

The working group will work on the following deliverables:

- YANG data model(s) for generic layer-independent and technology-independent
configuration, reporting and presentation for OAM mechanisms.

- An architecture for OAM that can be used as guidance by other IETF working
groups developing new OAM protocols or modifying existing OAM protocols, at any
layer and for any technology. This guidance will cover both the management and
data planes. Existing OAM architectures will be reviewed.

- Applicability document: The YANG model(s) specified in this working group
must be usable and extensible by the existing OAM technologies. This usability
and extensibility must be demonstrated, for example with IP Ping, traceroute,
BFD, and LSP Ping. Note the technology-specific data model extensions should
ideally be worked on in the respective working groups.

The working group will explore and document use-cases for converged management
of OAM in multi-layer and multi-technology networks that triggered this work.
The use cases will consider scenarios that include (but are not limited to)
those that rely upon a centralized control point responsible for the overall
OAM management and those that assume the delegation of layer-specific OAM
management control points. The working group will decide later whether the use
case document needs to be published as an RFC.

If the working group finds it necessary to work on an information model before
the data model, it might do so. The working group will decide later whether the
information model needs to be published as an RFC.

The initial scope is restricted to a single administrative domain and may be
extended for inter-domain scenarios in future as and when a need rises.

The working group will not develop any new OAM protocols.

The LIME WG is not chartered to work on information or data models specific to
any data plane or forwarding plane technology that is developed outside of the
IETF. However, it is the intention that the generic information and data models
produced by the working group should be applicable to multiple layers and
technologies in a technology agnostic fashion. Therefore, it is anticipated
that the working group will closely coordinate its activities with other SDOs
(including, but not limited to the ITU-T, MEF, IEEE, BBF and 3GPP) to ensure
that the generic models are harmonized with work done in those SDOs and are
applicable to many technologies.