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Internet Engineering Task Force                                  D. King
Internet-Draft                                        Old Dog Consulting
Intended status: Informational                                 A. Farrel
Expires: 25 August 2013                                Juniper Networks
                                                        25 February 2013

   A PCE-based Architecture for Application-based Network Operations



   Services such as content distribution, distributed databases, or
   inter-data center connectivity place a set of new requirements on the
   operation of networks.  They need on-demand and application-specific
   reservation of network connectivity, reliability, and resources (such
   as bandwidth) in a variety of network applications (such as point-to-
   point connectivity, network virtualization, or mobile backhaul) and
   in a range of network technologies from packet (IP/MPLS) down to
   optical.  An environment that operates to meet this type of
   requirement is said to have Application-Based Network Operations

   ABNO brings together several existing technologies for gathering
   information about the resources available in a network, for
   consideration of topologies and how those topologies map to
   underlying network resources, for requesting path computation, and
   for provisioning or reserving network resources.  Thus, ABNO may be
   seen as the use of a toolbox of existing components enhanced with a
   few new elements.  The key component within an ABNO is the Path
   Computation Element (PCE), which can be used for computing paths and
   is further extended to provide policy enforcement capabilities for

   This document describes an architecture and framework for ABNO
   showing how these components fit together.  It provides a cookbook of
   existing technologies to satisfy the architecture and meet the needs
   of the applications.

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Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction ...............................................3
    1.1  Scope ....................................................4
   2. Application-based Network Operations (ABNO) .................4
    2.1  Assumptions and Requirements .............................4
    2.2  Implementation of the Architecture .......................4
    2.3  Generic Architecture .....................................6
      2.3.1 ABNO Components .......................................6
      2.3.2 ABNO Functional Interfaces ............................12
   3. ABNO Use Cases ..............................................18
    3.1 Inter-AS Connectivity .....................................18
    3.2 Multi-Layer Networking ....................................24
      3.2.1 Data Center (DC) Interconnection across MLNs...........27
    3.3 Bandwidth Scheduling ......................................30
    3.4 Grooming and Regrooming ...................................30
    3.5 Global Concurrent Optimization ............................31
      3.5.1 Use Case: GCO with MPLS LSPs ..........................31
    3.6 Adaptive Network Management (ANM) .........................33
        3.6.1. ANM Trigger ........................................34
        3.6.2. Processing request and GCO computation .............34
        3.6.3. Automated Provisioning Process .....................35
    3.7 ALTO Server ...............................................36
   4. Survivability and Redundancy within the ABNO Architecture ...36
   5. Security Consideration ......................................36
   6. Manageability Considerations ................................36
   7. IANA Considerations .........................................36
   8. Acknowledgements ............................................36
   9. References ..................................................37
     9.1 Informative References ...................................37
   10. Contributor's Address ......................................40
   11. Authors' Addresses .........................................40
   A. Undefined Interfaces ........................................41 

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1.  Introduction

   Networks today integrate multiple technologies allowing network
   infrastructure to deliver a variety of services to support the
   different characteristics and demands of applications.  There is an
   increasing demand to make the network responsive to service requests
   issued directly from the application layer.  This differs from the
   established model where services in the network are delivered in
   response to management commands driven by a human user.

   These application-driven requests and the services they establish
   place a set of new requirements on the operation of networks.  They
   need on-demand and application-specific reservation of network
   connectivity, reliability, and resources (such as bandwidth) in a
   variety of network applications (such as point-to-point connectivity,
   network virtualization, or mobile backhaul) and in a range of network
   technologies from packet (IP/MPLS) down to optical.  An environment
   that operates to meet this type of application-aware requirement is
   said to have Application-Based Network Operation (ABNO).

   The Path Computation Element (PCE) [RFC4655] was developed to provide
   path computation services for GMPLS and MPLS networks.  The
   applicability of PCE can be extended to provide path computation and
   policy enforcement capabilities for ABNO platforms and services.

   ABNO can provide the following types of service to applications by
   coordinating the components that operate and manage the network:

   - Optimization of traffic flows between applications to create an
     overlay network for communication in use cases such as file
     sharing, data caching or mirroring, media streaming, or real-time
     communications described as Application Layer Traffic Optimization
     (ALTO) [RFC5693].

   - Remote control of network components allowing coordinated
     programming of network resources through such techniques as
     Forwarding and Control Element Separation (ForCES) [RFC3746],
     OpenFlow [ONF], and the Interface to the Routing System (I2RS)

   - Interconnection of Content Delivery Networks (CDNi) [RFC6707]
     through the establishment and resizing of connections between
     content distribution networks.

   - Network resource coordination to facilitate grooming and
     regrooming, bandwidth scheduling, and global concurrent
     optimization [RFC5557].

   - Virtual Private Network (VPN) planning in support of deployment of
     new VPN customers and to facilitate inter-data center connectivity.

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   This document outlines the architecture and use cases for ABNO, and
   shows how the ABNO architecture can be used for co-ordinating control
   system and application requests to compute paths, enforce policies,
   and manage network resources for the benefit of the applications that
   use the network.  The examination of the use cases shows the ABNO
   architecture as a toolkit comprising many existing components and
   protocols and so this document looks like a cookbook.

1.1  Scope

   This document describes a toolkit.  It shows how existing functional
   components described in a large number of separate documents can be
   brought together within a single architecture to provide the function
   necessary for ABNO.

   In many cases, existing protocols are known to be good enough or
   almost good enough to satisfy the requirements of interfaces between
   the components.  In these cases the protocols are called out as
   suitable candidates for use within an implementation of ABNO.

   In other cases it is clear that further work will be required, and in
   those cases a pointer to on-going work that may be of use will be

   Thus, this document may be seen as providing an applicability
   statement for existing protocols, and guidance for developers of new
   protocols or protocol extensions.

2. Application Based Network Operations (ABNO)

2.1  Assumptions

   The principal assumption underlying this document is that existing
   technologies should be used where they are adequate for the task.
   Furthermore, when an existing technology is almost sufficient, it is
   assumed to be preferable to make minor extensions rather than to
   invent a whole new technology.

   Note that this document describes an architecture.  Functional
   components are architectural concepts and have distinct and clear
   responsibilities.  Pairs of functional components interact at
   functional interfaces that are, themselves, architectural concepts.

2.2  Implementation of the Architecture

   It needs to be strongly emphasized that this document describes a
   functional architecture.  It is not a software design. Thus, it is
   not intended that this architecture constrains implementations.

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   However, the separation of the ABNO functions into separate
   functional components with clear interfaces between them enables
   implementations to choose which features to include and allows
   different functions to be distributed across distinct processes or
   even processors.

   An implementation of this architecture may make several important
   decisions about the functional components:

   - Multiple functional components may be grouped together into one
     software component such that all of the functions are bundled
     and only the external interfaces are exposed.  This may have
     distinct advantages for fast paths within the software, and can
     reduce inter-process communication overhead.

     For example, an active, stateful PCE could be implemented as a
     single server combining the ABNO components of the PCE, the
     Traffic Engineering Database, and the Provisioning Manager (see
     Section 2.3).

   - The functional components could be distributed across separate
     processes, processors, or servers so that the interfaces are
     exposed as external protocols.

     For example, the OAM Handler (see Section could be
     presented on a dedicated server in the network that consumes all
     status reports from the network, aggregates them, correlates them
     and then dispatches notifications to other servers that need to
     understand what has happened.

   - There could be multiple instances of any or each of the   
     components.  That is, the function of a functional component could
     be partitioned across multiple software components with each
     responsible for handling a specific feature or a partition of the

     For example, there may be multiple Traffic Engineering Databases
     (see Section in an implementation with each holding the
     topology information of a separate network domain (such as a
     network layer or an Autonomous System).  Similarly there could be
     multiple PCE instances each processing on a different Traffic
     Engineering Database, and potentially distributed on different
     servers under different management control.  As a final example,
     there could be multiple ABNO Controllers each with capabilities to
     support different classes of application or application service.

   The purpose of the description of this architecture is to facilitate
   different implementations while offering interoperability between
   implementations of key components and easy interaction with the
   applications and with the network devices.

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2.3  Generic ABNO Architecture

   The following diagram illustrates the ABNO architecture.  The
   components and functional interfaces are discussed in Sections 2.3.1
   2.3.2 respectively.  The use cases described in Section 3 show how
   different components are used selectively to provide different

    |          OSS / NMS / Application Service Coordinator           |
      |   |   |    |           |                                 |
   :  |   |   |    |      +----+----------------------+          |     :
   :  |   |   | +--+---+  |                           |      +---+---+ :
   :  |   |   | |Policy+--+     ABNO Controller       +------+       | :
   :  |   |   | |Agent |  |                           +--+   |  OAM  | :
   :  |   |   | +-+--+-+  +-+------------+----------+-+  |   |Handler| :
   :  |   |   |   |  |      |            |          |    |   |       | :
   :  |   | +-+---++ | +----+-+  +-------+-------+  |    |   +---+---+ :
   :  |   | |ALTO  | +-+ VNTM |--+               |  |    |       |     :
   :  |   | |Server|   +--+-+-+  |               |  | +--+---+   |     :
   :  |   | +--+---+      | |    |      PCE      |  | | I2RS |   |     :
   :  |   |    |  +-------+ |    |               |  | |Client|   |     :
   :  |   |    |  |         |    |               |  | +-+--+-+   |     :
   :  | +-+----+--+-+       |    |               |  |   |  |     |     :
   :  | | Databases +-------:----+               |  |   |  |     |     :
   :  | |   TED     |       |    +-+---+----+----+  |   |  |     |     :
   :  | |  LSP-DB   +       |      |   |    |       |   |  |     |     :
   :  | +-----+--+--+     +-+---------------+-------+-+ |  |     |     :
   :  |       |  |        |    Provisioning Manager   | |  |     |     :
   :  |       |  |        +-----------------+---+-----+ |  |     |     :
      |       |  |                 |   |    |   |       |  |     |
      |     +-+--+-----------------+--------+-----------+----+   |
      +----/               Client Network Layer               \--+
      |   +----------------------------------------------------+ |
      |      |                         |        |          |     |
    /                      Server Network Layers                    \

                  Figure 1: Generic ABNO Architecture

2.3.1 ABNO Components

  This section describes the functional components shown as boxes in
  Figure 1.  The interactions between those components, that is the
  functional interfaces, are described in Section 2.3.2.

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   A Network Management Station (NMS) or an Operations Support System
   (OSS) can be used to control, operate, and manage a network.  Within
   the ABNO architecture, an NMS or OSS may issue high-level service
   requests to the ABNO controller.  It may also establish policies for
   the activities of the components within the architecture.

   The NMS and OSS can be consumers of network events reported through
   the OAM handler and can act on these reports as well as displaying
   them to users and raising alarms.  The NMS and OSS can also access
   the Traffic Engineering Database (TED) to show the users the current
   state of the network.

   Lastly, the NMS and OSS may utilize a direct programmatic or
   configuration interface to interact with the network elements within
   the network. Application Service Coordinator

   In addition to the NMS and OSS, services in the ABNO architecture
   may be requested by or on behalf of applications.  In this context
   the term "application" is very broad.  An application may be a
   program that runs on a host or server and that provides services to a
   user, such as video conferencing application.  Alternatively, an
   application may be a software tool with which a user makes requests
   of the network to set up specific services such as end-to-end
   connections or scheduled bandwidth reservations.  Finally, an
   application may be a sophisticated control system that is responsible
   for arranging the provision of a more complex network service such as
   a virtual private network.

   For the sake of this architecture, all of these concepts of an
   application are grouped together and are shown as the Application
   Service Coordinator since they are all in some way responsible for
   coordinating the activity of the network to provide services for use
   by applications. In practice, the function of the Application Service
   Coordinator may be distributed across multiple applications
   or servers.

   The Application Service Coordinator communicates with the ABNO
   Controller to request operations on the network. ABNO Controller

   The ABNO Controller is the main gateway to the network for the NMS,
   OSS, and the Application Service Coordinator for the provision of
   advanced network coordination and functions.  The ABNO Controller
   governs the behavior of the network in response to changing network

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   conditions and in accordance with application network requirements
   and policies. It is the point of attachment, and invokes the right 
   components in the right order.

   The use cases in Section 3 provide a clearer picture of how the
   ABNO Controller interacts with the other components in the ABNO
   architecture. Policy Agent

   Policy plays a very important role in the control and management of
   the network.  It is therefore significant in influencing how the key
   components of the ANBO architecture operate.

   Figure 1 shows the Policy Agent as a component that is configured
   by the NMS/OSS with the policies that it applies.  The Policy Agent
   is responsible for propagating those policies into the other
   components of the system.

   Simplicity in the figure necessitates leaving out many of the policy
   interactions that will take place.  Although the Policy Agent is only
   shown interacting with the ABNO Controller, the Alto Server, and the 
   Virtual Network Topology Manager (VNTM), it will also interact with a
   number of other components and the network elements themselves.  For
   example, the Path Computation Element (PCE) will be a Policy 
   Enforcement Point (PEP) [RFC2753] as described in [RFC5394], and the
   Interface to the Routing System (I2RS) Client will also be a PEP as
   noted in [I-D.atlas-irs-policy-framework]. Interface to the Routing System (I2RS) Client

   The Interface to the Routing System (I2RS) is described in
   [I-D.ward-irs-framework].  The interface provides a programmatic way
   to access (for read and write) the routing state and policy
   information on routers in the network.

   The I2RS Client is introduced in [I-D.atlas-irs-problem-statement].
   Its purpose is to manage information requests across a number of
   routers (each of which runs an I2RS Server) and coordinate setting
   or gathering state to/from those routers. OAM Handler

   Operations, Administration, and Maintenance (OAM) plays a critical
   role in understanding how a network is operating, detecting faults,
   and taking the necessary action to react to problems in the network.

   Within the ABNO architecture, the OAM Handler is responsible for
   receiving notifications (often called alerts) from the network about
   potential problems, for correlating them, and for triggering other

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   components of the system to take action to preserve or recover the
   services that were established by the ABNO Controller.  The OAM
   Handler also reports network problems and, in particular, service-
   affecting problems to the NMS, OSS, and Application Service

   Additionally, the OAM Handler interacts with the devices in the
   network to initiate OAM actions within the data plane such as
   monitoring and testing. Path Computation Element (PCE)

   The Path Computation Element (PCE) is introduced in [RFC4655].  It is
   a functional component that services requests to compute paths across
   a network graph.  In particular, it can generate traffic engineered
   routes for MPLS-TE and GMPLS Label Switched Paths (LSPs).  The PCE
   may receive these requests from the ABNO Controller, from the Virtual
   Network Topology Manager, or from network elements themselves.

   The PCE operates on a view of the network topology stored in the
   Traffic Engineering Database (TED).  A more sophisticated computation
   may be provided by a Stateful PCE that enhances the TED with
   information about the LSPs that are provisioned and operational
   within the network as described in [RFC4655] and

   Additional function in an Active PCE allows a functional component
   that includes a Stateful PCE to make provisioning requests to set up
   new services or to modify in-place services as described in
   [I-D.crabbe-pce-pce-initiated-lsp].  This function may directly
   access the network elements, or may be channelled through the
   Provisioning Manager.

   Coordination between multiple PCEs operating on different TEDs can
   prove useful for performing path computation in multi-domain (for
   example, inter-AS) or multi-layer networks.

   Since the PCE is a key component of the ABNO architecture, a better
   view of its role can be gained by examining the use cases described
   in Section 3. Databases

   The ABNO Architecture includes a number of databases that contain
   information stores for use by the system.  The two main databases are
   the Traffic Engineering Database (TED) and the LSP Database (LSP-DB),
   but there may be a number of other databases. Traffic Engineering Database (TED)

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   The Traffic Engineering Database (TED) is a data store of topology
   information about a network that may be enhanced with capability
   data (such as metrics or bandwidth capacity) and active status
   information (such as up/down status or residual unreserved

   The TED may be built from information supplied by the network or
   from data (such as inventory details) sourced through the NMS/OSS.

   The principal use of the TED in the ABNO architecture is to provide
   the raw data on which the Path Computation Element operates.  But
   the TED may also be inspected by users at the NMS/OSS to view the
   current status of the network, and may provide information to
   application services such as Application Layer Traffic Optimization
   (ALTO) [RFC5693]. LSP Database

   The LSP Database (LSP-DB) is a data store of information about LSPs
   that have been set up in the network, or that could be established.
   The information stored includes the paths and resource usage of the

   The LSP-DB may be built from information generated locally . For
   example, when LSPs are provisioned, the LSP-DB can be updated.  The
   database can also be constructed from information gathered from the
   network by polling or reading the state of LSPs that have already
   been set up.

   The main use of the LSP-DB within the ABNO architecture is to enhance
   the planning and optimization of LSPs.  New LSPs can be established
   to be path-disjoint from other LSPs in order to offer protected
   services; LSPs can be rerouted in order to put them on more optimal
   paths or to make network resources available for other LSPs; LSPs can
   be rapidly repaired when a network failure is reported; LSPs can be
   moved onto other paths in order to avoid resources that have planned
   maintenance outages. Other Databases

   There may be other databases that are built within the ABNO system
   and which are referenced when operating the network.  These databases
   might include information about, for example, traffic flows and
   demands, predicted or scheduled traffic demands, links and node
   failure and repair history, network resources such as packet labels
   and physical labels (i.e., MPLS and GMPLS labels), etc. ALTO Server

  [Editor's note: The ALTO Server is a component of the architecture.
   Text needs to be supplied.]

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   A Virtual Network Topology (VNT) is defined in [RFC5212] as a set of
   one or more LSPs in one or more lower-layer networks that provides
   information for efficient path handling in an upper-layer network.
   For instance, a set of LSPs in a wavelength division multiplexed
   (WDM) network can provide connectivity as virtual links in a higher-
   layer packet switched network. Furthermore, [RFC5623] describes 
   how the VNTM may instantiate connections in the server-layer and 
   client-layer. Within the ABNO architecture, the creation of
   new connections may be delegated to the Provisioning Manager as 
   discussed in Section 
   The VNT enhances the physical/dedicated links that are available in 
   the upper-layer network and is configured by setting up or tearing 
   down the lower-layer LSPs and by advertising the changes into the 
   higher-layer network.  The VNT can be adapted to traffic demands 
   so that capacity in the higher-layer network can be created or 
   released as needed.  Releasing unwanted VNT resources makes them 
   available in the lower-layer network for other uses.

   The creation of virtual topology for inclusion in a network is not a
   simple task.  Decisions must be made about which nodes in the upper-
   layer it is best to connect, in which lower-layer network to
   provision LSPs to provide the connectivity, and how to route the LSPs
   in the lower-layer network.  Furthermore, some specific actions have
   to be taken to cause the lower-layer LSPs to be provisioned and the
   connectivity in the upper-layer network to be advertised.

   All of these actions and decisions are heavily influenced by policy,
   so the Virtual Network Topology Manager (VNTM) [RFC5623] component
   that coordinates them takes input from the Policy Agent.  The VNTM is
   also closely associated with the PCE for the upper-layer network and
   each of the PCEs for the lower-layer networks. Provisioning Manager

   The Provisioning Manager is responsible for making or channelling
   requests for the establishment of LSPs.  This may be instructions to
   the control plane running in the networks, or may involve the
   programming of individual network devices.  In the latter case, the
   Provisioning Manager may act as an OpenFlow Controller [ONF].
   See Section for more details of the interactions between the
   Provisioning Manager and the network. Client and Server Network Layers

   The client and server networks are shown in Figure 1 as illustrative

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   examples of the fact that the ABNO architecture may be used to
   coordinate services across multiple networks where lower-layer
   networks provide connectivity in upper-layer networks.

   Section 3.2 describes a set of use cases for multi-layer networking.

2.3.2 Functional Interfaces

   This section describes the interfaces between functional components
   that might be externalized in an implementation allowing the
   components to be distributed across platforms.  Where existing
   protocols might provide all or most of the necessary capabilities
   they are noted. Configuration and Programmatic Interfaces

   The network devices may be configured or programmed direct from the
   NMS/OSS.  Many protocols already exist to perform these functions

   - SNMP [RFC3412]

   - Netconf [RFC6241]

   - ForCES [RFC5810]

   - OpenFlow [ONF].

   [Editor note: need to add the correct TMF interface with a reference]

   From the ABNO perspective, network configuration is a pass-through
   function.  It can be seen represented on the left hand side of
   Figure 1. TED Construction from the Networks

   As described in Section, the Traffic Engineering Database
   (TED) provides details of the capabilities of the network for use by
   the ABNO system and the PCE in particular.

   The TED can be constructed by participating in the IGP-TE protocols
   run by the networks (for example, OSPF-TE [RFC3630] and ISIS-TE
   [RFC5305]).  Alternatively, the TED may be fed using link-state
   distribution extensions to BGP [I-D.ietf-idr-ls-distribution].

   The ABNO system may maintain a single TED unified across multiple
   networks, or may retain a separate TEDs for each network.

   Additionally, an ALTO Server [RFC5693] may provide an abstracted
   topology from a network to build an application-level TED that can
   be used by a PCE to compute paths between servers and application-
   layer entities for the provision of application services.

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   The TED may be enhanced by inventory information supplied from the
   NMS/OSS.  This may supplement the data collected as described in
   Section with information that is not normally distributed
   within the network such as node types and capabilities, or the
   characteristics of optical links.

   No protocol is currently identified for this interface, but the
   protocol developed or adopted to satisfy the requirements of the
   Interface to the Routing System (I2RS) [I-D.ward-irs-framework] may
   be a suitable candidate because it is required to be able to
   distribute bulk routing state information in a well-defined encoding
   language.  Another candidate protocol may be Netconf [RFC6241]
   passing data encoded using YANG [RFC6020].

   Note that, in general, any protocol and encoding that is suitable
   for presenting the TED as described in Section will likely be
   suitable (or could be made suitable) for enabling write-access to the
   TED as described in this section. TED Presentation

   The TED may be presented north-bound from the ABNO system for use by
   an NMS/OSS or by the Application Service Coordinator.  This allows
   users and applications to get a view of the network topology and the
   status of the network resources.  It also allows planning and
   provisioning of application services.

   There are several protocols available for exporting the TED north-

   - The ALTO protocol [I-D.ietf-alto-protocol] is designed to 
     distribute the abstracted topology used by an ALTO Server and may 
     prove useful for exporting the TED.

   - The same protocol used to export topology information from the
     network can be used to export the topology from the TED.

   - The Interface to the Routing System (I2RS) [I-D.ward-irs-framework]
     will require a protocol that is capable of handling bulk routing
     information exchanges that would be suitable for exporting the TED.
     In this case it would make sense to have a standardized
     representation of the TED in a formal data modelling language such
     as YANG [RFC6020] so that an existing protocol could be used such
     as Netconf [RFC6241] or XMPP [RFC6120].

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   Note that export from the TED can be a full dump of the content
   (expressed in a suitable abstraction language) as described above, or
   it could be an aggregated or filtered set of data based on policies
   or specific requirements.  Thus, the relationships shown in Figure 1
   may be a little simplistic in that the ABNO Controller may also be
   involved in preparing and presenting the TED information over a
   north-bound interface.

  [Editor's note: This section should include more information about the
   northbound export of information from the ALTO Server. Text needs to
   be supplied.] Network Making Path Computation Requests

   As originally specified in the PCE architecture [RFC4655], network
   elements can make path computation requests to a PCE using the PCE
   protocol (PCEP) [RFC5440].  This facilitates the network setting up
   LSPs in response to simple connectivity requests, and it allows the
   network to re-optimize or repair LSPs. Provisioning Manager Control of Networks

   As described in Section, the Provisioning Manager makes or
   channels requests to provision resources in the network.  These
   operations can take place at two levels: there can be requests to
   program/configure specific resources in the data or forwarding
   planes; and there can be requests to trigger a set of actions to be
   programmed with the assistance of a control plane.

   A number of protocols already exist to provision network resources as

   - Program/configure specific network resources

     - ForCES [RFC5810] defines a protocol for separation of the control
       element (the Provisioning Manager) from the forwarding elements
       in each node in the network.

     - The Generic Switch Management Protocol (GSMP) [RFC3292] is an
       asymmetric protocol that allows one or more external switch
       controllers (such as the Provisioning Manager) to establish and
       maintain the state of a label switch such as an MPLS switch.

     - OpenFlow [ONF] is a communications protocol that gives an
       OpenFlow Controller (such as the Provisioning Manager) access to
       the forwarding plane of a network switch or router in the

     - Historically, other configuration-based mechanisms have been used
       to set up the forwarding/switching state at individual nodes

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       within networks.  Such mechanisms have ranged from non-standard
       command line interfaces (CLIs) to various standards-based options
       such as TL1 [TL1] and SNMP [RFC3412].  These mechanisms are not
       designed for rapid operation of a network and are not easily  
       programmatic.  They are not proposed for use by the Provisioning  
       Manager as part of the ABNO architecture.

     - Netconf [RFC6241] provides a more active configuration protocol
       that may be suitable for bulk programming of network resources.
       Its use in this way is dependent on suitable YANG modules being
       defined for the necessary options.  Early work in the IETF's
       Netmod working group is focused on a higher level of routing
       function more comparable with the function discussed in Section [I-D.draft-ietf-netmod-routing-cfg].

   [Editor note: need to add the correct TMF interface with a reference]

     - Trigger actions through the control plane

     - LSPs can be requested using a management system interface to the
       head end of the LSP using tools such as CLIs, TL1 [TL1] or SNMP
       [RFC3412].  Configuration at this granularity is not as time-
       critical as when individual network resources are programmed
       because the main task of programming end-to-end connectivity is
       devolved to the control plane.  Nevertheless, these mechanisms
       remain unsuitable for programmatic control of the network and are
       not proposed for use by the Provisioning Manager as part of the
       ABNO architecture.

     - As noted above, Netconf [RFC6241] provides a more active
       configuration protocol.  This may be particularly suitable for
       requesting the establishment of LSPs.  Work would be needed to
       complete a suitable YANG module.

     - The PCE protocol (PCEP) [RFC5440] has been proposed as a suitable
       protocol for requesting the establishment of LSPs
       [I-D.crabbe-pce-pce-initiated-lsp].  This works well because the
       protocol elements necessary are exactly the same as used to
       respond to a path computation request.

       The functional element that issues PCEP requests to establish
       LSPs is known as an "Active PCE", however it should be noted that
       the ABNO functional components responsible for requesting LSPs
       is the Provisioning Manager. Other controllers like the the 
       VNTM, and the ABNO Controller itself are using it.
   Note that the I2RS does not provide a mechanism for control of
   network resources at this level as it is designed to provide control
   of routing state in routers, not forwarding state in the data plane.

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   Once resources have been provisioned or connections established in
   the network, it is important that the ABNO system can determine the
   state of the network.  This function falls into four categories:

   - Updates to the TED are gathered as described in Section

   - Explicit notification of the successful establishment and the
     subsequent state of LSP can be provided through extensions to PCEP
     as described in [I-D.ietf-pce-stateful-pce] and
   - OAM can be commissioned and the results inspected by the OAM
     Handler as described in Section
   - A number of ABNO components may make enquiries and inspect network 
     state through a variety of techniques including I2RS, using 
     Netconf, or SNMP. Controlling The Routing System

   As discussed in Section, the Interface to the Routing System
   (I2RS) provides a programmatic way to access (for read and write) the
   routing state and policy information on routers in the network.  The
   I2RS Client issues requests to routers in the network to establish or
   retrieve routing state.  Those requests utilize the I2RS protocol
   which has yet to be selected/designed by the IETF. ABNO Controller Interface to PCE

   The ABNO controller needs to be able to consult the PCE to determine
   what services can be provisioned in the network.  There is no reason
   why this interface cannot be based on the standard PCE protocol as
   defined in [RFC5440]. VNTM Interface to and from PCE

   There are two interactions between the Virtual Network Topology
   Manager and the PCE.

   The first interaction is used when VNTM wants to determine what LSPs
   can be set up in a network: in this case it uses the standard PCEP
   interface [RFC5440] to make path computation requests.

   The second interaction arises when a PCE determines that it cannot
   compute a requested path or notices that (according to some
   configured policy) a network is short of resources (for example, the
   capacity on some key link is close to exhausted).  In this case, the
   PCE may notify the VNTM which may (again according to policy) act to

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   construct more virtual topology.  This second interface is not
   currently specified although it may be that the protocol selected or
   designed to satisfy I2RS will provide suitable features (see Section ABNO Control Interfaces

   The north-bound interface from the ABNO controller is used by the
   NMS, OSS, and Application Service Coordinator to request services in
   the network in support of applications.  The interface will also need
   to be able to report the asynchronous completion of service requests
   and convey changes in the status of services.

   This interface will also need strong capabilities for security,
   authentication, and policy.

   This interface is not currently specified.  It needs to be a
   transactional interface that supports the specification of abstract
   services with adequate flexibility to facilitate easy extension and
   yet be concise and easily parsable.

   It is possible that the protocol selected or designed to satisfy I2RS
   will provide suitable features (see Section Policy Interfaces

   As described in Section and throughout this document, policy
   forms a critical component of the ABNO architecture.  The role of
   policy will include enforcing the following rules and requirements:

   - Adding resources on demand should be gated by the authorized

   - Client microflows should not trigger server-layer setup or

   - Accounting capabilities should be supported.

   - Security mechanisms for authorization of requests and capabilities
     are required.

   Other policy-related function in the system might include the policy
   behavior of the routing and forwarding system such as:

   - ECMP behavior

   - Classification of packets onto LSPs.

   Various policy-capable architectures have been defined including a
   framework for using policy with a PCE-enabled system [RFC5394].
   However, the take-up of the IETF's Common Open Policy Service
   protocol (COPS) [RFC2748] has been poor.

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   New work will be needed to define all of the policy interfaces within
   the ABNO architecture.  There is some discussion that the I2RS
   protocol may support the configuration and manipulation of policies. OAM and Reporting

   The OAM Handler must interact with the networks to perform several

   - Enabling OAM function within the network.

   - Performing proactive OAM operations in the network.

   - Receiving notifications of network events.

   Any of the configuration and programmatic interfaces described in
   Section may serve this purpose, although neither Netconf nor
   OpenFlow currently supports asynchronous notifications.  Additionally
   Syslog [RFC5424] is a protocol for reporting events from the network,
   and IPFIX [RFC5101] is designed to allow network statistics to be
   aggregated and reported.

   The OAM Handler also correlates events reported from the network and
   reports them onward to the ABNO Controller (which can apply the
   information to the recovery of services that it has provisioned) and
   to the NMS, OSS, and Application Service Coordinator.  The reporting
   mechanism used here can be essentially the same as used when events
   are reported from the network and no new protocol is needed.

3. ABNO Use Cases

   This section provides a number of examples of how the ABNO
   architecture can be applied to provide application and NMS/OSS driven
   network operations.

3.1 Inter-AS Connectivity

   The following use case describes how the ABNO framework can be used
   set up an end-to-end service across multiple Autonomous Systems
   (ASes).  Consider the simple network topology shown in Figure 2.  The
   three ASes (ASa, ASb, and ASc) are connected as ASBRs a1, a2, b1
   through b4, c1 and c2.  A source node (s) located in ASa is to be
   connected to a destination node (d) located in ASc.  The optimal path
   for the LSP from s to d must be computed, and then the network must
   be triggered to set up the LSP.

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          +--------------+ +-----------------+ +--------------+
          |ASa           | |ASb              | |ASc           |
          |              | |                 | |              |
          |         +--+ | | +--+       +--+ | | +--+         |
          |         |a1|-|-|-|b1|       |b3|-|-|-|c1|         |
          | +-+     +--+ | | +--+       +--+ | | +--+     +-+ |
          | |s|          | |                 | |          |d| |
          | +-+     +--+ | | +--+       +--+ | | +--+     +-+ |
          |         |a2|-|-|-|b2|       |b4|-|-|-|c2|         |
          |         +--+ | | +--+       +--+ | | +--+         |
          |              | |                 | |              |
          +--------------+ +-----------------+ +--------------+

      Figure 2: Inter-AS Domain Topology with H-PCE (Parent PCE)

   In the ABNO architecture, the following steps are performed to
   deliver the service.

   1. Request Management

      As shown in Figure 3, the NMS/OSS issues a request to the ABNO
      Controller for a path between s and d.  The ABNO Controller
      verifies that the NMS/OSS has sufficient rights to make the
      service request.

                           |       NMS/OSS       |
            +--------+    +-----------+-------------+
            | Policy +-->-+     ABNO Controller     |
            | Agent  |    |                         |
            +--------+    +-------------------------+

               Figure 3: ABNO Request Management

   2. Service Path Computation with Hierarchical PCE

      The ABNO Controller needs to determine an end-to-end path for the
      LSP.  Since the ASes will want to maintain a degree of
      confidentiality about their internal resources and topology, they
      will not share a TED and each will have its own PCE.  In such a
      situation, the Hierarchical PCE (H-PCE) architecture described in
      [RFC6805] is applicable.

      As shown in Figure 4, the ABNO Controller sends a request to the
      parent PCE for an end-to-end path.  As described in [RFC6805], the
      parent PCE consults its TED that shows the connectivity between

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      ASes.  This helps it understand that the end-to-end path must
      cross each of ASa, ASb, and ASc, so it is sends individual path
      computation requests to each of PCE a, b, and c to determine the
      best options for crossing the ASes.

                        | ABNO Controller |
                             |       A
                             V       |
                          +--+-------+--+   +--------+
            +--------+    |             |   |        |
            | Policy +-->-+ Parent PCE  +---+ AS TED |
            | Agent  |    |             |   |        |
            +--------+    +-+----+----+-+   +--------+
                           /     |     \
                          /      |      \
                   +-----+-+ +---+---+ +-+-----+
                   |       | |       | |       |
                   | PCE a | | PCE b | | PCE c |
                   |       | |       | |       |
                   +---+---+ +---+---+ +---+---+
                       |         |         |
                    +--+--+   +--+--+   +--+--+
                    | TEDa|   | TEDb|   | TEDc|
                    +-----+   +-----+   +-----+

      Figure 4: Path Computation Request with Hierarchical PCE

      Each child PCE applies policy to the requests it receives to
      determine whether the request is to be allowed and to select the
      type of network resources that can be used in the computation
      result.  For confidentiality reasons, each child PCE may supply
      its computation responses using a path key [RFC5520] to hide the
      details of the path segment it has computed.

      The parent PCE collates the responses from the children and
      applies its own policy to stitch them together into the best end-
      to-end path which it returns as a response to the ABNO Controller.

    3. Provisioning the End-to-End LSP

      There are several options for how the end-to-end LSP gets
      provisioned in the ABNO architecture.  Some of these are described

      3a. Provisioning from the ABNO Controller With a Control Plane

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          Figure 5 shows how the ABNO controller makes a request through
          the Provisioning Manager to establish the end-to-end LSP.  As
          described in Section these interactions can use the
          Netconf protocol [RFC6241] or the extensions to PCEP described
          in [I-D.crabbe-pce-pce-initiated-lsp].  In either case, the
          provisioning request is sent to the head end Label Switching
          Router (LSR) and it signals in the control plane (using a
          protocol such as RSVP-TE [RFC3209]) so cause the LSP to be

                         | ABNO Controller |
                           | Provisioning |
                           | Manager      |
            /                  Network                      \

                Figure 5: Provisioning the End-to-End LSP

      3b. Provisioning through Programming Network Resources

          Another option is that the LSP is provisioned hop by hop from
          the Provisioning Manager using a mechanism such as ForCES
          [RFC5810] or OpenFlow [ONF] as described in Section
          In this case, the picture is the same as shown in Figure 5.
          The interaction between the ABNO Controller and the

          Provisioning Manager will be PCEP or Netconf as described in
          option 3a., and the Provisioning Manager will have the
          responsibility to fan out the requests to the individual
          network elements.

      3c. Provisioning with an Active PCE

          The active PCE is described in Section based on the
          concepts expressed in [I-D.crabbe-pce-pce-initiated-lsp].  In
          this approach, the process described in 3a is modified such
          that the PCE issues a PCEP command to the network direct
          without a response being first returned to the ABNO

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          This situation is shown in Figure 6, and could be modified so
          that the Provisioning Manager still programs the individual
          network elements as described in 3b.

                        | ABNO Controller |
                          +--+----------+         +--------------+
            +--------+    |             |         | Provisioning |
            | Policy +-->-+ Parent PCE  +---->----+ Manager      |
            | Agent  |    |             |         |              |
            +--------+    +-+----+----+-+         +-----+--------+
                           /     |     \                |
                          /      |      \               |
                   +-----+-+ +---+---+ +-+-----+        V
                   |       | |       | |       |        |
                   | PCE a | | PCE b | | PCE c |        |
                   |       | |       | |       |        |
                   +-------+ +-------+ +-------+        |
                      /                  Network                      \

            Figure 6: LSP Provisioning with an Active PCE

      3d. Provisioning with Active Child PCEs and Segment Stitching

          A mixture of the approaches described in 3b and 3c can result
          in a combination of mechanisms to program the network to
          provide the end-to-end LSP.  Figure 7 shows how each child PCE
          can be an active PCE responsible for setting up an edge-to-
          edge LSP segment across one of the ASes.  The ABNO Controller
          then uses the Provisioning Manager to program the inter-AS
          connections using ForCES or OpenFlow and the LSP segments are
          stitched together following the ideas described in [RFC5150].

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                           | ABNO Controller +-------->--------+
                           +----+-------+----+                 |
                                |       A                      |
                                V       |                      |
                             +--+-------+--+                   |
               +--------+    |             |                   |
               | Policy +-->-+ Parent PCE  |                   |
               | Agent  |    |             |                   |
               +--------+    ++-----+-----++                   |
                             /      |      \                   |
                            /       |       \                  |
                       +---+-+   +--+--+   +-+---+             |
                       |     |   |     |   |     |             |
                       |PCE a|   |PCE b|   |PCE c|             |
                       |     |   |     |   |     |             V
                       +--+--+   +--+--+   +---+-+             |
                          |         |          |               |
                          V         V          V               |
               +----------+-+ +------------+ +-+----------+    |
               |Provisioning| |Provisioning| |Provisioning|    |
               |Manager     | |Manager     | |Manager     |    |
               +-+----------+ +-----+------+ +-----+------+    |
                 |                  |              |           |
                 V                  V              V           |
              +--+-----+       +----+---+       +--+-----+     |
             /   AS a   \=====/   AS b   \=====/   AS c   \    |
            +------------+ A +------------+ A +------------+   |
                           |                |                  |
                     +-----+----------------+-----+            |
                     |    Provisioning Manager    +----<-------+

         Figure 7: LSP Provisioning With Active Child PCEs and Stitching

   4. Verification of Service

      The ABNO Controller will need to ascertain that the end-to-end LSP
      has been set up as requested.  In the case of a control plane
      being used to establish the LSP, the head end LSR may send a
      notification (perhaps using PCEP) to report successful setup, but
      to be sure that the LSP is up, the ABNO Controller will request
      the OAM Handler to perform Continuity Check OAM in the Data Plane
      and report back that the LSP is ready to carry traffic.

   5. Notification of Service Fulfillment

      Finally, when the ABNO Controller is satisfied that the requested
      service is ready to carry traffic, it will notify the NMS/OSS.
      The delivery of the service may be further checked through
      auditing the network as described in

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3.2 Multi-Layer Networking

   Networks are typically constructed using multiple layers.  These 
   layers represent separations of administrative regions, technology, 
   and may also represent a distinction between client and server 
   networking roles.

   It is preferable to coordinate network resource control and
   utilization (i.e., consideration and control of multiple layers),
   rather than controlling and optimizing resources at each layer
   independently.  This facilitates network efficiency and network
   automation, and may be defined as inter-layer traffic engineering.

   The PCE architecture supports inter-layer traffic engineering
   [RFC5623] and, in combination with the ABNO architecture, provides a
   suite of capabilities for network resource coordination across
   multiple layers.

   The following use case demonstrates ABNO used to coordinate
   allocation of server-layer network resources to create virtual
   topology in a client-layer network in order to satisfy a request for
   end-to-end client-layer connectivity.  Consider the simple multi-
   layer network in Figure 8.  There are six packet layer routers (P1
   through P6) and three optical layer lambda switches (L1 through L3).
   There is connectivity in the packet layer between routers P1, P2, and
   P3, and also between routers P4, P5, and P6, but there is no packet-
   layer connectivity between these two islands of routers perhaps
   because of a network failure or perhaps because all existing
   bandwidth between the islands has already been used up.  However,
   there is connectivity in the optical layer between switches L1, L2,
   and L3, and the optical network is connected out to routers P3 and
   P4 (they have optical line cards).  In this example, a packet layer
   connection (an MPLS LSP) is desired between P1 and P6.

      +--+   +--+   +--+                    +--+   +--+   +--+
      |P1|---|P2|---|P3|                    |P4|---|P5|---|P6|
      +--+   +--+   +--+                    +--+   +--+   +--+
                        \                  /
                         \                /
                          +--+  +--+  +--+
                          +--+  +--+  +--+

                   Figure 8: A Multi-Layer Network

   In the ABNO architecture, the following steps are performed to
   deliver the service.

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   1. Request Management

      As shown in Figure 9, the Application Service Coordinator issues a
      request for connectivity from P1 to P6 in the packet layer
      network.  That is, the Application Service Coordinator requests an
      MPLS LSP with a specific bandwidth to carry traffic for its
      application.  The ABNO Controller verifies that the Application
      Service Coordinator has sufficient rights to make the service

                  |    Application Service    |
                  |        Coordinator        |
        +------+   +------------+------------+
        |Policy+->-+     ABNO Controller     |
        |Agent |   |                         |
        +------+   +-------------------------+

       Figure 9: Application Service Coordinator Request Management

   2. Service Path Computation in the Packet Layer

      The ABNO Controller sends a path computation request to the
      packet layer PCE to compute a suitable path for the requested LSP
      as shown in Figure 10.  The PCE uses the appropriate policy for
      the request and consults the TED for the packet layer.  It
      determines that no path is immediately available.

                         | ABNO Controller |
            +--------+     +--+-----------+   +--------+
            | Policy +-->--+ Packet Layer +---+ Packet |
            | Agent  |     |      PCE     |   |   TED  |
            +--------+     +--------------+   +--------+

                Figure 10: Path Computation Request

   3. Invocation of VNTM and Path Computation in the Optical Layer

      After the path computation failure in step 2, instead of notifying

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      ABNO controller of the failure, the PCE invokes the VNTM to see
      whether it can create the necessary link in the virtual network
      topology to bridge the gap.

      As shown in Figure 11, the packet layer PCE reports the
      connectivity problem to the VNTM, and the VNTM consults policy to
      determine what it is allowed to do in this case.  Assuming that
      the policy allows it, VNTM asks the optical layer PCE to see
      whether it can find a path across the optical network that could
      be provisioned to provide a virtual link for the packet layer.  In
      addressing this request, the optical layer PCE consults a TED for
      the optical layer network.

               +--------+     |      |     +--------------+
               | Policy +-->--+ VNTM +--<--+ Packet Layer |
               | Agent  |     |      |     |      PCE     |
               +--------+     +---+--+     +--------------+
                            +---------------+   +---------+
                            | Optical Layer +---+ Optical |
                            |      PCE      |   |   TED   |
                            +---------------+   +---------+

       Figure 11: Invocation of VNTM and Optical Layer Path Computation

   4. Provisioning in the Optical Layer

      Once a path has been found across the optical layer network it
      needs to be provisioned.  The options follow those in step 3 of
      Section 3.1.  That is, provisioning can be initiated by the
      optical layer PCE or by its user, the VNTM.  The command can be
      sent to the head end of the optical LSP (P3) so that the control
      plane (for example, GMPLS [RFC3473]) can be used to provision the
      LSP.  Alternatively, the network resources can be provisioned
      direct using any of the mechanisms described in Section

   5. Creation of Virtual Topology in the Packet Layer

      Once the LSP has been set up in the optical layer it can be made
      available in the packet layer as a virtual link.  If the GMPLS
      signaling used the mechanisms described in [RFC6107] this process
      can be automated within the control plane, otherwise it may
      require a specific instruction to the head end router of the
      optical LSP (for example, through the Interface to the Routing

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      Once the virtual link is created as shown in Figure 12, it is
      advertised in the IGP for the packet layer network and the link
      will appear in the TED for the packet layer network.

              | Packet |
              |   TED  |
                    +--+                    +--+
                    +--+                    +--+
                        \                  /
                         \                /
                          +--+  +--+  +--+
                          +--+  +--+  +--+

           Figure 12: Advertisement of a New Virtual Link

   6. Path Computation Completion and Provisioning in the Packet Layer

      Now there are sufficient resources in the packet layer network.
      The PCE for the packet layer can complete its work and the MPLS
      LSP can be provisioned as described in Section 3.1.

   7. Verification and Notification of Service Fulfillment

      As discussed in Section 3.1, the ABNO controller will need to
      verify that the end-to-end LSP has been correctly established
      before reporting service fulfillment to the Application
      Service Coordinator.

      Furthermore, it is highly likely that service verification will be
      necessary before the optical layer LSP can be put into service as
      a virtual link.  Thus, the VNTM will need to coordinate with the
      OAM Handler to ensure that the LSP is ready for use.

3.2.1 Data Center (DC) Interconnection across MLNs

   In order to support new and emerging cloud-based applications, such
   as real-time data backup, virtual machine migration, server
   clustering or load reorganization, the dynamic provisioning and
   allocation of IT resources and the interconnection of multiple,
   remote Data Centers (DC) is a growing requirement.

   These operations require traffic being delivered between data

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   centers, and, typically, the connections providing such inter-DC
   connectivity are provisioned using static circuits or dedicated
   leased lines, leading to an inefficiency in terms of resource
   utilization.  Moreover, a basic requirement is that such a group of
   remote DCs an be operated logically as one.

   In such environments, the data plane technology is operator and 
   provider dependent. Their customers may rent LSC, PSC or TDM
   services, and the application and usage of the ABNO architecture and
   controller enables the required dynamic end to end network service
   provisioning, regardless of underlaying service and transport layers.

   Consequently, the interconnection of remote DCs may involve the
   operation, control and management of heterogeneous environments,
   namely, each DC site and the metro-core network segment used to
   interconnect them, with regard to not only the underlying data plane
   technology, but also the control plane.  For example, each DC site or
   domain could be controlled locally in a centralized way (e.g. via
   OpenFlow [ONF]), whereas the metro-core transport infrastructure is
   controlled by GMPLS.  Although OpenFlow is specially adapted to
   single domain intra-data center networks (packet level control, lots
   of routing exceptions), a standardized GMPLS based architecture would
   enable dynamic optical resources allocation and restoration in multi-
   domain (e.g., multi-vendor) core networks interconnecting distributed
   data centers.

   The application of an ABNO architecture and related procedures would
   involve the following aspects:

   1. Request Application Service Coordinator or NMS

   The ABNO controller receives a request from the Application Service
   Coordinator or from the NMS, in order to create a new end-to-end
   connection between two end points. the actual addressing of these end
   points is discussed in the next section.  The ABNO controller asks
   the PCE for a path between these two endpoints, after considering any
   applicable policy as defined by the Policy Agent (see Figure 1).

                     |    Application Service    |
                     |     Coordinator or NMS    |
           +------+   +------------+------------+
           |Policy+->-+     ABNO Controller     |
           |Agent |   |                         |
           +------+   +-------------------------+

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       Figure 14: Application Service Coordinator Request Management

   2. Cross-Stratum Addressing Mapping

   In order to compute an end to end path, the PCE needs to have a
   unified view of the overall topology, which means that it has to
   consider and identify the actual endpoints with regard to the client
   network addresses.  The ABNO controller and/or the PCE may need to
   translate or map addresses from different address spaces.  Depending
   on how the topological information is disseminated and gathered, 
   there are two possible scenarios:

   a. The Application Layer knows Client Network Layer.  Entities
      belonging to the application layer may have an interface with the
      TED or with an ALTO server, allowing the mapping of the high level
      endpoints to network addresses.  Layer may have an interface with
      TEDs or with ALTO server, it may know which are the client network
      layer addresses, where DCs are connected.  This address
      correlation can be done via manual configuration or any other
      mechanism which is out of the scope of this draft.  In this
      scenario, request from NMS or Application layer contains addresses
      in the client layer network.  Therefore, when ABNO request to PCE
      for a path between these two end points, PCE can compute the path
      and continue the work-flow talking with the provisioning manager.

   b. Application Layer knows Server Network Layer.  In this case, 
      when ABNO asks PCE for a path, there is no route between two end
      points.  Similarly to use case in section X.X, PCE asks
      to the VNTM to create a new connection between two addresses in
      the Server Network Layer.  As VNT can access to TED information
      and this mapping have to exist, VNT can determine which are Client
      Layer addresses and continue with provisioning process.  [Victor
      Comment] Not sure how to solve this easy statement now, I will
      think about it later.  The mechanism to do this is ALTO.

   3. Provisioning Process

   Once the path has been obtained, the provisioning manager receives a
   high level provisioning request to provision the service.  Since, in
   the considered use case, the network elements are not necessarily
   configured using the same protocol, the end to end path is split into
   segments, and the ABNO controller coordinates or orchestrates the
   establishment by adapting and/or translating the abstract
   provisioning request to concrete segment requests, by means of a VNTM
   or PCE, which issue the corresponding commands or instructions.  The
   provisioning may involve configuring the data plane elements directly
   or delegating the establishment of the underlying connection to a
   dedicated control plane instance, responsible for that segment.

   The provisioning manager needs to know which technology is used for

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   the actual provisioning at each segment, by ether manual
   configuration or discovery.  Once the technology is selected, this
   configuration process can follow the steps. 

                     | ABNO Controller |
         +------+     +------+-------+
         | VNTM +--<--+      PCE     |
         +---+--+     +------+-------+
             |               |
             V               V
       |       Provisioning Manager       |
         |       |       |       |       |
         V       |       V       |       V
       OpenFlow  V    ForCes     V      PCEP
              NetConf          SNMP

       Figure 15: Provisioning Process

   4. Verification and Notification of Service Fulfillment

   Once the end-to-end connectivity service has been provisioned, and
   after the verification of the correct operation of the service, the
   ABNO controller needs to notify the Application Service Coordinator
   or NMS.

3.3 Bandwidth Scheduling

   Bandwidth Scheduling consist of configuring LSPs based on a given 
   time schedule. This can be used to support maintenance or 
   operational schedules or to adjust network capacity based on 
   traffic pattern detection. 

   The ABNO framework provides the components to enable bandwidth 
   scheduling solutions.
   [Editor's note: A use case for a more comprehensive Bandwidth 
   Scheduling use case needs to be written.]

3.4 Grooming and Regrooming

   [Editor's note: A use case for grooming and regrooming needs to be

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   This use case will cover the following scenarios:

   - Nested LSPs
   - Packet Classification (IP flows into LSPs at edge routers)
   - Bucket Stuffing
   - IP Flows into ECMP Hash Bucket

   This section will be completed in a future revision of this document.

3.5 Global Concurrent Optimization

   Global Concurrent Optimization (GCO) is defined in [RFC5557] and
   represents a key technology for maximizing network efficiency by
   computing a set of traffic engineered paths concurrently.  A GCO path
   computation request will simultaneously consider the entire topology
   of the network, and the complete set of new LSPs together with their
   respective constraints.  Similarly, GCO may be applied to recompute
   the paths of a set of existing LSPs.

   GCO may be requested in a number of scenarios.  These include:

   o Routing of new services where the PCE should consider other
     services or network topology.

   o A reoptimization of existing services due to fragmented network
     resources or sub-optimized placement of sequentially computed

   o Recovery of connectivity for bulk services in the event of a
     catastrophic network failure.

   A service provider may also want to compute and deploy new bulk
   services based on a predicted traffic matrix. The GCO
   functionality and capability to perform concurrent computation
   provides a significant network optimization advantage, thus utilizing
   network resources optimally and avoiding blocking.

   The following use case shows how the ABNO architecture and components
   are used to achieve concurrent optimization across a set of services.

3.5.1 Use Case: GCO with MPLS LSPs

   When considering the GCO path computation problem, we can split the
   GCO objective functions into three optimization categories, these 

   o Minimize aggregate Bandwidth Consumption (MBC).

   o Minimize the load of the Most Loaded Link (MLL).

   o Minimize Cumulative Cost of a set of paths (MCC).

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   This use case assumes the GCO request will be offline and be
   initiated from an NMS/OSS, that is it may take significant time to
   compute the service, and the paths reported in the response may 
   want to be verified by the user before being provisioned within 
   the network.

   1. Request Management

      The NMS/OSS issues a request for new service connectivity for bulk
      services. The ABNO Controller verifies that the NMS/OSS has
      sufficient rights to make the service request and apply a GCO
      attribute with a request to Minimize aggregate Bandwidth
      Consumption (MBC).

                           |       NMS/OSS       |
            +--------+    +-----------+-------------+
            | Policy +-->-+     ABNO Controller     |
            | Agent  |    |                         |
            +--------+    +-------------------------+

            Figure 13: NMS Request to ABNO Controller

      1a. Each service request has a source, destination and bandwidth
          request. These service requests are sent to the ABNO
          Controller and categorized as a GCO. The PCE uses the
          appropriate policy for the request and consults the TED for
          the packet layer.

   2. Service Path Computation in the Packet Layer

      To compute a set of services for the GCO application, PCEP
      supports synchronization VECtor (SVEC) lists for synchronized
      dependent path computations as defined in [RFC5440] and described
      in [RFC6007].

      2a. The ABNO Controller sends the bulk service request to the
          GCO-capable packet layer PCE using PCEP messaging.     
          The PCE uses the appropriate policy for the request 
          and consults the TED for the packet layer.

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                         | ABNO Controller |
            +--------+     +--+-----------+   +--------+
            |        |     |              |   |        |
            | Policy +-->--+ GCO-capable  +---+ Packet |
            | Agent  |     | Packet Layer |   |  TED   |
            |        |     |     PCE      |   |        |
            +--------+     +--------------+   +--------+

         Figure 14: Path Computation Request from GCO-capable PCE

      2b. Upon receipt of the bulk (GCO) service requests, the PCE 
          applies the MBC objective function and computes the services 

      2c. Once the requested GCO service path computation completes, the
          PCE sends the resulting paths back to the ABNO Controller as a
          PCEP response. The response includes a fully computed explicit
          path for each service (TE LSP).

                     |       NMS/OSS       |
                     |    ABNO Controller  |
                     |                     |

         Figure 15:  ABNO Sends Solution to the NMS/OSS

   3. The concurrently computed solution received from the PCE is sent
      back to the NMS/OSS by the ABNO Controller. The NMS/OSS user can
      then check the candidate paths and either provision the new
      services, or save the solution for deployment in the future.

3.6 Adaptive Network Management (ANM)

   The ABNO architecture provides the capability for reactive network
   control of resources based on classification, profiling and
   prediction based on current demands and resource utilization. 
   Server-layer transport network resources, such as Optical Transport

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   Network (OTN) time-slicing [G.709], or the fine granularity grid of
   wavelengths with variable spectral bandwidth (flexi-grid) [G.694.1],
   can be manipulated to meet current and projected demands in a model
   called Elastic Optical Networks (EON).

   EON provides spectrum-efficient and scalable transport by 
   introducing flexible granular grooming in the optical frequency 
   domain. This is achieved using arbitrary contiguous 
   concatenation of optical spectrum that allows creation of custom-
   sized bandwidth.  This bandwidth is defined in slots of 12,5GHz.  
   Adaptive Network Management (ANM) with EON allows appropriately-
   sized optical bandwidth to be allocated to an end-to-end optical
   path.  In flexi-grid, the allocation is performed according to the
   traffic volume or following user requests, and can be achieved in a
   highly spectrum-efficient and scalable manner.  Similarly, OTN 
   provides an adaptive and elastic provisioning of bandwidth on top of
   wavelength switched optical networks (WSON). 

   To efficiently use optical resources, a system is required which can
   monitor network resources, and decide the optimal network
   configuration based on the status, bandwidth availability and user
   service. We call this ANM.    

3.6.1. ANM Trigger

   There are different reasons to trigger an adaptive network 
   management process, these include:

   o  Measurement: traffic measurements can be used in order to cause
      spectrum allocations that fit the traffic needs as efficiently as
      possible.  This function may be influenced by measuring the IP 
      router traffic flows, by examining traffic engineering or link 
      state databases, by usage thresholds for critical links in the
      network, or by requests from external entities.  Nowadays, network
      operators have active monitoring probes in the network, which 
      store their results in the OSS.  The OSS or OAM Handler components
      activate this measurement-based trigger, so the ABNO Controller
      would not be directly involved in this case.

   o  Human: operators may request ABNO to run an adaptive network
      planning process via a NMS.

   o  Periodic: adaptive network planning process can be run
      periodically to find an optimum configuration.

   An ABNO Controller would receive a request from OSS or NMS to run an 
   adaptive network manager process.

3.6.2. Processing request and GCO computation

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   Based on the human of periodic trigger requests described in the
   previous Section, the OSS or NMS will send a request to the ABNO
   Controller to perform EON-based GCO.  The ABNO Controller will 
   select a set of services to be reoptimized and choose an objective
   function that will deliver the best use of network resources.  In
   making these choices, the ABNO Controller is guided by network-wide 
   policy on the use of resources, the definition of optimization, and
   the level of perturbation to existing services that is tolerable.
   Much as in Section 3.5, this request for GCO is passed to the PCE.  
   The PCE could then consider the end-to-end paths and every channel's 
   optimal spectrum assignment in order to satisfy traffic demands and
   optimize the optical spectrum consumption within the network.  

   The PCE will operate on the TED, but is likely to also be stateful so
   that it knows which LSPs correspond to which waveband allocations on
   which links in the network.  Once PCE arrives at an answer, it 
   returns a set of potential paths to the ABNO Controller which passes
   them on to the NMS or OSS to supervise/select the subsequent path 
   set-up/modification process.

   This exchange is shown in Figure 16.  Note that the figure does not
   show the interactions used by the OSS/NMS for establishing or
   modifying LSPs in the network.

                     |        OSS or NMS         |
                                 |   ^
                                 V   |
           +------+   +----------+---+----------+
           |Policy+->-+     ABNO Controller     |
           |Agent |   |                         |
           +------+   +----------+---+----------+
                                 |   ^
                                 V   |
                           +      PCE     |

        Figure 16: Adaptive Network Management with human intervention

3.6.3.  Automated Provisioning Process

   Although most of network operations are supervised by the operator,
   there are some actions, which may not require supervision, like a
   simple modification of a modulation format in a  Bit rate variable
   transponder (BVT) (to increase the optical spectrum efficiency or 
   reduce energy consumption).  In this processes, where human 
   intervention is not required, PCE sends provisioning manager new 
   configuration to configure the network elements.

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                   |        OSS or NMS      |
           +------+   +----------+------------+
           |Policy+->-+     ABNO Controller   |
           |Agent |   |                       |
           +------+   +----------+------------+
                           +      PCE     |
                 |       Provisioning Manager       |

      Figure 17: Adaptive Network Management without human intervention

3.7 ALTO Server

   [Editor's note: A use case describing the ALTO server is needed.]

4. Survivability and Redundancy within the ABNO Architecture

   [Editor's note: this section to be written with consideration of how
    the ABNO system survives the failure of individual components.]

5. Security Consideration

   [Editor's note: this section to be written.]

6. Manageability Considerations

   [Editor's note: this section to be written.]

7. IANA Considerations

   This document makes no requests for IANA action.

8. Acknowledgements

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   Thanks for discussions and review are due to Ken Gray, Ina Minei,
   Jan Medved, Nitin Bahadur, Diego Caviglia, Joel Halpern, Brian 
   Field, Ori Gerstel, Daniele Ceccarelli, Diego Caviglia Cyril 
   Margaria and Jonathan Hardwick.

9. References

9.1. Informative References

             Atlas, A., Hares, S., and Halpern, J., "A Policy Framework
             for the Interface to the Routing System",
             draft-atlas-irs-policy-framework, work in progress.

             Atlas, A., Nadeau, T., and Ward, D., "Interface to the
             Routing System Problem Statement",
             draft-atlas-irs-problem-statement, work in progress.

             Crabbe, E., Minei, I., Sivabalan, S., and Varga, R., "PCEP
             Extensions for PCE-initiated LSP Setup in a Stateful PCE
             Model", draft-crabbe-pce-pce-initiated-lsp, work in

             Alimi, R., Penno, R., and Yang, Y., "ALTO Protocol",
             draft-ietf-alto-protocol, work in progress.

             Gredler, H., Medved, J., Previdi, S., Farrel, A., and
             Ray, S., "North-Bound Distribution of Link-State and TE
             Information using BGP", draft-ietf-idr-ls-distribution,
             work in progress.

             Lhotka, L., "A YANG Data Model for Routing Management",
             draft-ietf-netmod-routing-cfg, work in progress.

             Crabbe, E., Medved, J., Minei, I., and R. Varga, "PCEP
             Extensions for Stateful PCE", draft-ietf-pce-stateful-pce,
             work in progress.

             Atlas, A., Nadeau, T. and Ward, D., "Interface to the
             Routing System Framework", draft-ward-irs-framework, work
             in progress.

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   [ONF]     Open Networking Foundation, "OpenFlow Switch Specification
             Version 1.1.0 Implemented (Wire Protocol 0x02)", February

   [RFC2748] Durham, D., Ed., Boyle, J., Cohen, R., Herzog, S., Rajan,
             R., and A. Sastry, "The COPS (Common Open Policy Service)
             Protocol", RFC 2748, January 2000.

   [RFC2753] Yavatkar, R., Pendarakis, D. and R. Guerin, "A 
             Framework for Policy-based Admission Control", RFC2753, 
             January 2000.

   [RFC3209] D. Awduche et al., "RSVP-TE: Extensions to RSVP for LSP
             Tunnels", RFC 3209, December 2001.

   [RFC3292] Doria, A., Hellstrand, F., Sundell, K., and Worster, T.,
             "General Switch Management Protocol (GSMP) V3", RFC 3292,
             June 2002.

   [RFC3412] Case, J., Harrington, D., Preshun, R., and Wijnen, B.,
             "Message Processing and Dispatching for the Simple Network
             Management Protocol (SNMP)", RFC 3412, December 2002.

   [RFC3630] Katz, D., Kmpella, K., and Yeung, D., "Traffic Engineering
             (TE) Extensions to OSPF Version 2", RFC 3630, September

   [RFC3746] Yang, L., Dantu, R., Anderson, T., and Gopal, R.,
             "Forwarding and Control Element Separation (ForCES)
             Framework", RFC 3746, April 2004.

   [RFC3473] L. Berger et al., "Generalized Multi-Protocol Label
             Switching (GMPLS) Signaling Resource ReserVation Protocol-
             Traffic Engineering (RSVP-TE) Extensions", RFC 3473,
             January 2003.

   [RFC4655] Farrel, A., Vasseur, J.-P., and Ash, J., "A Path
             Computation Element (PCE)-Based Architecture", RFC 4655,
             August 2006.

   [RFC5101] B. Claise, "Specification of the IP Flow Information Export
             (IPFIX) Protocol for the Exchange of IP Traffic Flow
             Information", RFC 5101, January 2008.

   [RFC5150] Ayyangar, A., Kompella, K., Vasseur, JP. and Farrel, A.,
             "Label Switched Path Stitching with Generalized
             Multiprotocol Label Switching Traffic Engineering (GMPLS
             TE)", RFC 5150, February 2008.

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   [RFC5212] Shiomoto, K., Papadimitriou, D., Le Roux, JL., Vigoureux,
             M., and Brungard, D., "Requirements for GMPLS-Based Multi-
             Region and Multi-Layer Networks (MRN/MLN)", RFC 5212, July

   [RFC5305] Li, T. and H. Smit, "IS-IS Extensions for Traffic
             Engineering", RFC 5305, October 2008.

   [RFC5394] Bryskin, I., Papadimitriou, D., Berger, L. and Ash, J.,
             "Policy-Enabled Path Computation Framework", RFC 5394,
             December 2008.

   [RFC5424] R. Gerhards, "The Syslog Protocol", RFC 5424, March 2009.

   [RFC5440] Vasseur, JP. and Le Roux, JL., "Path Computation Element
             (PCE) Communication Protocol (PCEP)", RFC 5440, March 2009.

   [RFC5520] Bradford, R., Vasseur, JP., and Farrel, A., "Preserving
             Topology Confidentiality in Inter-Domain Path Computation
             Using a Path-Key-Based Mechanism", RC 5520, April 2009.

   [RFC5557] Lee, Y., Le Roux, JL., King, D., and Oki, E., "Path
             Computation Element Communication Protocol (PCEP)
             Requirements and Protocol Extensions in Support of Global
             Concurrent Optimization", RFC 5557, July 2009.

   [RFC5623] Oki, E., Takeda, T., Le Roux, JL., and Farrel, A.,
             "Framework for PCE-Based Inter-Layer MPLS and GMPLS Traffic
             Engineering", RFC 5623, September 2009.

   [RFC5693] Seedorf, J., and Burger, E., "Application-Layer Traffic
             Optimization (ALTO) Problem Statement", RFC 5693, October

   [RFC5810] A. Doria, et al., "Forwarding and Control Element
             Separation (ForCES) Protocol Specification", RFC 5810,
             March 2010.

   [RFC6007] I. Nishioka. and D. King., "Use of the Synchronization
             VECtor (SVEC) List for Synchronized Dependent Path
             Computations", RFC 6007, September 2010.

   [RFC6020] Bjorklund, M., "YANG - A Data Modeling Language for the
             Network Configuration Protocol (NETCONF)", RFC 6020,
             October 2010.

   [RFC6107] Shiomoto, K. and A. Farrel, "Procedures for Dynamically
             Signaled Hierarchical Label Switched Paths", RFC 6107,
             February 2011.

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   [RFC6120] P. Saint-Andre, "Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol
             (XMPP): Core", RFC 6120, March 2011.

   [RFC6241] Enns, R., Bjorklund, M., Schoenwaelder, J., and Bierman,
             A., "Network Configuration Protocol (NETCONF)", RFC 6241,
             June 2011.

   [RFC6707] Niven-Jenkins, B., Le Faucheur, F., and Bitar, N., "Content
             Distribution Network Interconnection (CDNI) Problem
             Statement", RFC 6707, September 2012.

   [RFC6805] King, D. and Farrel, A., "The Application of the Path
             Computation Element Architecture to the Determination of a
             Sequence of Domains in MPLS and GMPLS", RFC 6805, November

   [TL1]     Telcorida, "Operations Application Messages - Language For
             Operations Application", GR-831, November 1996.

   [G.694.2] ITU-T Recommendation G.694.2, "Spectral grids for WDM
             applications: CWDM wavelength grid", December 2003.

   [G.709]   ITU-T, "Interface for the Optical Transport Network
             (OTN)", G.709 Recommendation, October 2009.

10. Contributor's Address

   Quintin Zhao
   Huawei Technology
   125 Nagog Technology Park
   Acton, MA  01719

   Victor Lopez Alvarez 
   Telefonica I+D
   Ramon Casellas 

11. Authors' Addresses

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   Daniel King
   Old Dog Consulting


   Adrian Farrel
   Juniper Networks


Appendix A.  Undefined Interfaces

   This Appendix provides a brief list of interfaces that are not yet
   defined at the time of writing.  Interfaces where there is a choice
   of existing protocols are not listed.

   To be completed in future release of this document.

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