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Using Deterministic Networks for Industry Operations and Control

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Detnet Group                                                K. Makhijani
Internet-Draft                                                 Futurewei
Intended status: Informational                                 T. Faisal
Expires: 14 September 2023                         King's College London
                                                                   R. Li
                                                             C. Westphal
                                                           13 March 2023

    Using Deterministic Networks for Industry Operations and Control


   Remote industrial process control & operations improve automation,
   resource efficiency, safety and better overall control from the
   software-defined application logic.  So far, industrial/process
   automation connectivity is mostly localized.  In order to use cloud-
   based connectivity, not only deterministic networks are needed but an
   interface between the endpoints and the DetNet is required to be
   clearly described.  This document describes an interface to
   deterministic networks from the view of end-points to support process
   control and operations.

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Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   2
   2.  Terminology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4
     2.1.  Acronyms  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4
   3.  Background on Industrial Control Systems  . . . . . . . . . .   5
     3.1.  Connected Controllers, Sensors and Actuators  . . . . . .   6
     3.2.  Traffic Patterns  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   7
       3.2.1.  Control Loops . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   7
       3.2.2.  Periodicity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   8
       3.2.3.  Ordering  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   8
       3.2.4.  Urgency . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   8
     3.3.  Communication Patterns  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   9
   4.  Gap Analysis  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   9
     4.1.  Deterministic Networks Relevance  . . . . . . . . . . . .   9
     4.2.  DetNet related Considerations and Dependencies  . . . . .  10
       4.2.1.  Operator vs Application view  . . . . . . . . . . . .  11
       4.2.2.  Flow reservation and classification . . . . . . . . .  11
       4.2.3.  Split Traffic flows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  12
       4.2.4.  Provisioning for variety of Traffic flows . . . . . .  12
       4.2.5.  Security  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  13
     4.3.  Summary of Gaps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  13
   5.  DetNet Potential Approach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  14
     5.1.  Application association to Forwarding sub-layer . . . . .  14
     5.2.  Encapsulation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  14
     5.3.  Operation and Control Network Option (OCNO) . . . . . . .  15
   6.  IANA Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  16
   7.  Security Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  16
   8.  Acknowledgements  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  16
   9.  References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  16
     9.1.  Normative References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  16
     9.2.  Informative References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  17
   Authors' Addresses  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  18

1.  Introduction

   Traditional industrial networks are designed to support process
   automation within a production plant or a manufacturing floor.
   Therefore, the network was typically a campus-area, local network and
   it played an important but not a critical role.  Now, as equipment
   control and monitoring become remotely supported from the cloud or
   the edge, network technologies such as TSN, and DetNet in particular,

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   are gaining relevance.

   Process automation systems involve operating a piece of equipment
   (such as actuating and/or sensing field-devices.  The communication
   between the controllers and field-devices exhibits a well-defined set
   of behaviors and has specific characteristics: the delivery of a
   control-command to a machine must be executed within the time-frame
   specified by a controller or by an application to provide reliable
   and secure operation.  A low or zero tolerance to latency and packet
   losses (among other things) is implied.  In this document, these
   special purpose networks are referred to as operation and control
   networks (OCNs) [OCN-MODEL].

   DetNets provide mechanisms for guaranteed packet delivery in-time,
   for reliability, and for packet loss mitigation.  Thus, the OCNs are
   an application's view of a network and DetNet is one of the potential
   underlying enabling technology.

   The packet processing in DetNet is associated with a flow.  A DetNet
   service deals with aggregated flows for which a network service
   provider would engineer and allocate resources.  Thus, the networks
   are provisioned for less dynamic (long-lived) scenarios.  However,
   OCN-type traffic patterns arise from the programmatic behavior of an
   application.  Hence they can be dynamic, sporadic and intermittent.
   This leads to the issue of how applications can interact with the
   DetNet-enabled networks.

   This document outlines the opportunities to make DetNet more amenable
   to OCN environments, by describing the interface between the OCN
   application and DetNets i.e., using DetNet services for communication
   between the controllers and the field-devices.  This interface is
   used by an application to express its network-specific requirements.
   The document presents the perspective of an end-system that is a
   'process-control & operation' type of cloud-hosted application.
   Because most cloud-hosted applications would rely on IP, we consider
   first these specific to IP-enabled DetNet data planes [DETNET-DP].
   Hence the discussions will assume IP-base end-systems.  For the other
   type of end-systems, the field-devices, service level proxy functions
   are assumed (as per section 4.1 in RFC8655).

   The rest of the document presents a special case of DetNet referred
   to as Operation and Control Networks (OCN).  Section 3 provides a
   background on the type of traffic for OCN applications.  In the
   context of interface between an application and DetNet, some of the
   limitations in IP-enabled Detnets are covered in Section 4.  The
   document is intended to discuss possible approaches or potential
   solution direction to support OCN traffic patterns over DetNet, as
   covered in Section 5.

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2.  Terminology

   *  Operational Technology (OT):  Programmable systems or devices that
         interact with the physical environment (or manage devices that
         interact with the physical environment).  These systems/devices
         detect or cause a direct change through the monitoring and/or
         control of devices, processes, and events.  Examples include
         industrial control systems, building management systems, fire
         control systems, and physical access control mechanisms.
         Source: [NIST-OT]

   *  Industry Automation:  Mechanisms that enable machine-to-machine
         communication by use of technologies that enable automatic
         control and operation of industrial devices and processes
         leading to minimizing human intervention.

   *  Control Loop:  Control loops are part of process control systems
         in which desired process response is provided as input to the
         controller, which performs the corresponding action (using
         actuators) and reads the output values.  Since no error
         correction is performed, these are called open control loops.

   *  Feedback Control Loop:  A feedback loop is part of a system in
         which some portion (or all) of the system's output is used as
         input for future operations.

   *  Industrial Control Networks:  Industrial control networks are the
         interconnection of equipment used for the operation, control or
         monitoring of machines in the industry environment.  It
         involves a different level of communication - between fieldbus
         devices, digital controllers and software applications

   *  Human Machine Interface (HMI):  An interface between the operator
         and the machine.  The communication interface relays I/O data
         back and forth between an operator's terminal and HMI software
         to control and monitor equipment.

2.1.  Acronyms

   *  HMI: Human Machine Interface

   *  OCN: Operations and Control Networks

   *  PLC: Programmable Logic Control

   *  OT: Operational Technology

   *  OC: Operation and Control

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   *  OCN: Operation and Control Networks

3.  Background on Industrial Control Systems

   An industry control network interconnects devices used to operate,
   control and monitor physical equipment in industrial environments.
   Figure 1 below shows such systems' reference model and functional
   components.  Closest to the physical equipment are field devices
   (actuators and sensors) that connect to the Programmable Logic
   Controllers (PLCs) or other types of controllers using serial bus
   technologies (and now Ethernet).  Above those controllers are Human
   Machine Interface (HMI) connecting different PLCs and performing
   several controller functions along with exchanging data with the

   A factory floor is divided into cell-sites.  The PLCs or other types
   of controllers are physically located close to the equipment in the
   cell-sites.  The collection of monitoring, status and sensing data is
   first done on the site and then transmitted over secure channels to
   the cloud applications.

        ^  | Data Apps |....            External business-logic
        :  +-+-+-+-+-+-+   :                Network
        :        |         :
        v  +-+-+-+-+-+-+  +-+-+-+-+--+
           | vendor A  |  |vendor B  |  Interconnection of
           | controller|  |controller|  controllers
        ^  +-+-+-+-+-+-+  +-+-+-+-+-+   (system integrators)
        :       |         |
        :   +-+-+-+-+  +-+-++-+
        :   | Net X |  | Net Y|
        v   | PLCs  |  | PLCs |--+    device-controllers
        ^   +-+-+-+-+  +-+-+--+  |
        :      |        |        |
        :   +-+-+    +-+-+    +-+-+
        v   |   |    |   |    |   |   Field devices
            +-+-+    +-+-+    +-+-+

             Figure 1: Functions in Industrial Control Networks

   What is changing now is that cloud applications are integrating
   process control functions to improve automation and to make real-time
   decisions, programmatically.  The equipment control and collection of
   data generated by the sensors can be done directly over DetNet-
   enabled wide-area networks as illustrated in Figure 2.

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                  |     Data Apps |      Integrated Apps with
                  | c1 | c2  | c3 |      Remote process control
                   \   ,-----.   /
                    +-[  Det- ]-+
                  +-+-+-|  |-+-+-+-+
                  |        |       |
                +-+-+    +-+-+   +-+-+
                |   |    |   |   |   |   Field devices
                +-+-+    +-+-+   +-+-+

        Figure 2: Converged Cloud based Industrial Control Networks

   One particular motivation is to provide the behavior of a serial bus
   between the cloud and the actuators/sensors with the same assurance
   of reliability and latency, albeit over wide-area networks (WAN).
   This is evident from many Industry control applications, such as
   factory automation [FACTORY], PLC virtualization [VIRT-PLC], power
   grid operations [PTP-GRID], etc. that are now expected to operate in
   the cloud by leveraging virtualization and shared infrastructure
   wherever possible.

3.1.  Connected Controllers, Sensors and Actuators

   Control systems comprise Controllers, Sensors and Actuators.  The
   data traffic essentially carries instructions that cause machines or
   equipment to move and do things within or at a specific time.  The
   connectivity exists in the following manner:

   *  A controller interfaces with the sensors and actuators.  The
      controller knows an application's performance parameters which are
      expressed in terms of network specific requests or resources such
      as tolerance to packet loss, latency limits, jitter variance,
      bandwidth, and specification for safety.  The controller knows all
      the packet delivery constraints.

   *  An actuator receives specific commands from the controllers.  The
      DetNet should be able to enable control of actuating devices
      remotely from the controller while meeting all the requirements
      (or key performance indicators - KPIs) necessary for successful
      command execution.  The actuator participates in a closed control
      loop as needed.

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   *  A sensor emit periodic data from the sensors.  It may
      intermittently provide asynchronous readings upon request from the
      controller.  Sensors may report urgent messages regarding
      malfunctioning in certain equipment, cell-sites, or zones.

   Almost all control systems have at least one controlling entity on
   one end, and two other end points - the sensors and actuators.  The
   interface to sensors and actuators is through the controllers; i.e.,
   applications do not directly interact with the field-devices.
   Neither actuators nor sensors perform decision-making tasks.  This
   responsibility belongs to the controller.

3.2.  Traffic Patterns

   For either local or wide area, the process automation activities over
   the network can generate a variety of traffic patterns between the
   controllers and field-devices such as:

3.2.1.  Control Loops

   The equipment being operated upon is sensitive to when a command
   request actually executes.  An actuator upon receiving a command
   (function code) will immediately perform the corresponding action.
   It is the responsibility of network and controller to ensure that
   behavior of the sensor and actuator follows the expectations of

   For several such applications, the knowledge of a successful
   operation is equally critical to advance to the next steps;
   therefore, getting the response back in a specified time is required,
   leading to a knowledge of timing.  These types of bounded-time
   request and response mechanisms are called control loops.

   Unlike general purpose applications, commands cannot be batched, the
   parameters of the command that will follow depends on the result of
   the previous one.  Each request in control loop takes up a minimal
   payload size (function code, value, device or bus address) and will
   often fit in a single short packet.

   In Detnet-enabled network, it can be imagined as a small series of
   packets with the same flow identifier, but with different latency

   It is required to support control loops where each request presents
   its own latency constraints to the network and where commands are
   small sized packets.

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3.2.2.  Periodicity

   Sensors emit data at regular intervals, but this information may not
   always be time-constrained.  Usually, controllers are programmed to
   tolerate and record intermittent losses.  Automation software can
   make a more informed decision by monitoring a lot of sensor data.
   Thus, the traffic volume generated by sensors is expected to high.
   The periodicity of each sensor can also vary based on the equipment.

   It is required that network capacity is planned appropriately for the
   periodic traffic generated from the different sensors.  The periodic
   interval should also be preserved in the network because any
   variations could provide false indications that the equipment is

3.2.3.  Ordering

   In real-time process control communications, out of order message
   processing will lead to costly failures of operations.  Messages such
   as request and reply, or a sequence of commands may be correlated
   therefore, both time constraints and order must be preserved.  The
   traffic is generated when software triggers control-commands to
   field-devices.  This may not always map into asynchronous DetNet
   flows if observation interval is not known.

   The network should be capable of supporting sporadic on-demand short-
   term flows.  This does not imply instantaneous resource provisioning,
   instead it would be more efficient if the provisioned resources could
   be shared for such asynchronous traffic patterns.

   Another consideration with ordering is that both actuators and
   sensors are low-resource devices.  They can not buffer multiple
   packets and execute them in order while maintaining the latency
   bounds of each command execution.  This means the network must pace
   packets that may arrive early.

3.2.4.  Urgency

   Besides latency constrained and periodic messages, sensors also
   report failures as fault notifications, such as pressure valve
   failure, abnormally high humidity, etc.  These messages must be
   delivered with utmost urgency and immediately.

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3.3.  Communication Patterns

   Control systems follow a specific communication discipline.  The
   field-devices (sensors and actuators) are always controlled, i.e.,
   interact with the system through controllers in the following

   *  Sensor to controller: data emitted at periodic interval providing
      status/health of the environment or equipment.  The traffic volume
      for this communication is determined by the payload size of each
      sensor data and the interval.  These are a kind of synchronous
      Detnet flows but with much higher time intervals; still the inter-
      packet gap should be minimum.

   *  Controller to/from actuator: the commands/instructions to write or
      read.  Actuators generally do not initiate a command unless
      requested by the controller.  Actuators will often execute a
      command, read the corresponding result, and send that in response
      to the original write command.  The traffic profile will be
      balanced in both directions due to requests/ response behavior.
      These are like asynchronous flows but without the observation
      interval constraint.

4.  Gap Analysis

   Today, most of the operations and control solutions are split
   approaches.  This means that the controller is on-premises close to
   the equipment, sensor data is also collected on-site and then
   transmitted to the cloud for further processing.

   To support delivering remote instructions to the machines over wide-
   area networks using Deterministic Network data plane architecture
   [DETNET-DP] and corresponding data plane DetNet over IP [DETNET-IP]
   mechanisms apply as discussed in Section 4.1.  Later in Section 4.2
   additional asks from DetNet are covered.

4.1.  Deterministic Networks Relevance

      Note: This section's text and explanation on DetNet can be

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    DetNet IP       Relay                        Relay       DetNet IP
    End System      Node                         Node        End System

   +----------+                                             +----------+
   |   Appl.  |<------------ End-to-End Service ----------->|   Appl.  |
   +----------+  ............                 ...........   +----------+
   | Service  |<-: Service  :-- DetNet flow --: Service  :->| Service  |
   +----------+  +----------+                 +----------+  +----------+
   |Forwarding|  |Forwarding|                 |Forwarding|  |Forwarding|
   +--------.-+  +-.------.-+                 +-.---.----+  +-------.--+
            : Link :       \      ,-----.      /     \   ,-----.   /
            +......+        +----[  Sub- ]----+       +-[  Sub- ]-+
                                 [Network]              [Network]
                                  `-----'                `-----'

            |<--------------------- DetNet IP --------------------->|

         Figure 3: A Simple DetNet-Enabled IP Network, Ref. RFC8939

   Figure 3 is described in the DetNet IP dataplane [RFC8939] and
   illustrates a DetNet-IP network.  The DetNet-enabled end systems
   originate traffic encapsulated with Detnet forwarding and service
   sub-layers; otherwise some attached relay node will create the Detnet
   sub-layers based on information received from the end system.  The
   forwarding sub-layer is responsible for resource allocation and
   explicit path functions, whereas the service sublayer provides packet
   replications, sequence numbering, and other functions.  Within the
   Detnet nodes, resources are allocated a priori for a flow.

   The DetNet supports both asynchronous (by allocating resources for
   the observation interval) and synchronous (with repeating schedules)
   flow behaviors (Section 4.3.2 in [DETNET-DP]).  The granularity of
   DetNet services is at the flow level (6-tuple flow, including DSCP).

   Realistically, leveraging DetNets for Operations and Control (OCN)
   traffic patterns Section 3.2 can be challenging for the reasons
   described next.

4.2.  DetNet related Considerations and Dependencies

   Per the Detnet architecture, a DetNet-aware node should express the
   network requirements as part of forwarding sublayer or service-
   sublayer.  The [DETNET-IP] spec doesnot specify how sublayers are
   mapped in 6-tuple flow.

   In case of operations & control-application, a DetNet service
   consumer will need to provide a service-level manifest to the DetNet
   service provider (DN-SP) for each controller and field-device pair.

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   The DN-SP is expected to allocate resources and return a mapping of a
   DSCP (DetNEt Qos) for each pair.  This could be become a scaling
   problem as the number of controller-device pairs start to grow.

   Given that only DSCP is available, field-device pair can pose issues
   such as:

   *  How can application request the proper network-resource for each

   *  How can an application receive periodic data from sensors?

   *  What are the ways to differentiate a less sensitive (periodic)
      updates from urgent alarms.

   *  Or how to differentiate data received from a sensor or actuator
      and process them accordingly.

   These issues are described below in more detail.

4.2.1.  Operator vs Application view

   The DetNet data plane is designed with a network-operator-centric
   approach.  In order to use resources efficiently, there is an
   emphasis on aggregation of several flows together.  The operators in
   Industrial control networks are not necessarily network experts; they
   will face complexities in presenting a request to the DetNet
   forwarding engine.  Especially, an application is written to control
   a set of field-devices and monitor a different set of sensors and
   will need to learn the mappings for each controller-field-device
   (ctrl-flddev) pair to the applicable DetNet flows.

   As the number of ctrl-flddev pairs grow, their variable traffic
   profiles can become hard to manage.

   An OCN application is unaware of how DetNet services are provisioned.
   A common UNI between the applications and DetNet-enabled network
   needs to be added to the current framework to better map the
   expectations better.

4.2.2.  Flow reservation and classification

   Inside the DetNet, flow identification is done using IP header and
   DSCP information.  These flow identifiers are then used by DetNet
   nodes to provide the corresponding traffic treatment.  Accordingly,
   resources are provisioned over longer timescales, i.e., the model
   works for relatively predictable scenarios.  The problem is that the
   control loops in Section 3.2.1 may be short messages so that one

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   command is sent per packet, expecting a response from the actuator in
   another return packet.  The transmission of the next set of commands
   is driven programmably by the applications.  This is how the
   softwarization of industrial processes is happening now.

   Perhaps, it can be stated that the provisioning resources for flows
   does not necessarily guarantee that the Detnet-specific resource
   contention at the instant will not occur.

   Moreover, for any cloud-based solution, controller may as well send
   commands to the devices from different locations (different IP
   addresses), thus the scale of provisioned flows can grow very fast.

   To utilize Detnet-specific resources, it is needed to embed specific
   information in addition to DSCP, so that dynamic traffic patterns can
   be scheduled deterministically.

4.2.3.  Split Traffic flows

   One of the most constrained design elements in today's industrial
   control systems is that data from the sensors is collected on-site
   and often aggregated before transporting to the cloud.  Historical
   reasons for this approach do not apply anymore.  Due to growth in
   sensor data, it now requires a much larger on-site storage
   infrastructure which is expensive.  Applications also expect real-
   time streaming telemetry data.  Although latency constraints are not
   as strict as for control loops, sensor data need to preserve
   periodicity (Section 3.2.2), and also requires DetNet service

   Leveraging DetNet could eliminate split traffic flows by collecting
   the sensor data by the applications.  This also allows controllers to
   be run and operated from the cloud platforms where much more powerful
   compute capabilities and available.

4.2.4.  Provisioning for variety of Traffic flows

   Different operational scenarios have different constraints; even
   commands within the same application will have different time

   *  Different types of latency bounds will be required between a
      controller and an actuator pair based on the type of end-equipment
      and precision requirements.  Out-of-order message processing may
      lead to failures and shutdown of operations.  Messages may also be
      correlated.  Therefore, time constraints may be applied on a
      single message or on a group of messages.

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   *  Similarly, each sensor-controller pair may come with its own
      interval requirement.  Sensors emit data at regular interval but
      this type of information may not always be time-constrained.  The
      gaps between the period can provide an indication to the
      controller about communication or other problems.

   *  Additionally, some faults and alarm messages are urgent reports
      and must be marked and transmitted accordingly.

   It is not clear if all these variations can be predictably resolved
   without any additional information offered to the DetNet forwarding
   plane.  For example, if two independent OCN flowlets (that is,
   ordered group of packets that are related at process control logic)
   with variable bounded latency are classified to the same DetNet flow,
   they will receive the same treatment, regardless if one has the
   shorter latency than the other and may end up behind a flowlet with
   longer latency value.  On the other hand, if an OCN flowlet have
   packets with different latency values, they could end up in different
   DetNet flow and may not reach destination in a specific order.

4.2.5.  Security

   Industry control networks also have split security boundaries.  They
   have been designed to be air-gapped or secure by separation.  Current
   systems have strict admission control, ingress and egress policies.

   From network layer security perspective, how DetNet-enabled network
   deals with security falls in the [RFC9055], the end-systems expect
   those mechanisms in place.  In particular if additional information
   is distributed for datapath decisions, integrity protection as per
   Section 7.2 of [RFC9055].

   The border gateways and firewalls will be more prone to errors
   related to provisioning churns if the system is dynamic or
   continuously changing.

   The transport layer deals with the end-to-end encryption.  It should
   evolve to incorporate additional IoT-friendly(lightweight) protocols
   such as COAP, MQTT and their encryption mechanisms.

4.3.  Summary of Gaps

   *  Application view (Section 4.2.1: An OCN application is unaware of
      how DetNet services are provisioned.  A common UNI between the
      applications and DetNet-enabled network needs to be added to the
      current framework to better map the expectations better.

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   *  Security (Section 4.2.5): of process control related metadata to
      be used by network must be secured.

   *  Traffic behavior (Section 4.2.4 and Section 4.2.2): Within the
      same DetNet flow, classified via 6-tuple, additional information/
      metadata must be supported so that dynamic traffic patterns can be
      scheduled deterministically.

   *  Split traffic (Section 4.2.3): Leveraging DetNet should eliminate
      split traffic flows by direct collection of sensor data by the
      applications.  This also allows controllers to be run and operated
      from the cloud platforms where much more powerful compute
      capabilities are available.

5.  DetNet Potential Approach

   Remote process automation presents different types of traffic
   profiles and to deal with them within the DetNet framework, we
   discuss few possibilities.

   The DetNet UNI will enable applications to convey specific
   requirements to DetNet-aware Network.  Note, that it is just an
   interface and blind to the internal implementation of such networks.

   The DetNet architecture does not describe how DetNet-aware node can
   design DetNet sub-layers.  But even from the view of an end-system
   the separation between forwarding and service sublayer functions
   should be maintained.  This means, the DSCP should not be overloaded
   and DetNet-IP forwarding layer should be extended.

5.1.  Application association to Forwarding sub-layer

   Applications should convey specific resource requirements to the
   DetNets they connect to.  There are two potential options: (a) The
   DetNet Relay-node performs translation and binding to one of the
   DetNet services in the DetNet; or (b) or carry the application
   defined data over DetNet as is and enable processing on transit

5.2.  Encapsulation

   Note that the applications in this context are in the cloud, IP is
   expected for the end-stations (MPLS DetNet will not apply).  It is
   also reasonable to assume that the data plane is IPv6 and extension
   headers are used for support in DetNet.

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   The end-system network requirement is expressed as 'Flowlet or Packet
   Level QoS'.  Each packet carries its own unique QoS.  The meta data
   to be transmitted to DetNet are:

     - Async traffic with latency-information.
     - Sync, periodic traffic
     - urgency of messages
     - Flowlet identification (for related packets).

   This can be implemented using the HBH extension header option.

5.3.  Operation and Control Network Option (OCNO)

   The OCN Option (OCNO) is a hop-by-hop option that can be included in
   IPv6 for OCN traffic control extensions.

       0                   1                   2                   3
       0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1
                                      |  Option Type  |  Opt Data Len |
      | OCNF flags     |   OCN-TC-Flowlet nonce       |  sequence     |
      |                (bounded latency spec)                         |
      |                (Delay variation spec)                         |

               Figure 4: Explicit Traffic Control HBH Options

   Option Type:
      8-bit identifier of the type of option.  The option identifier for
      the OCN Option (0x??) to be allocated by the IANA.  First two bits
      will be 00 (skip over this option and continue processing the

   Option Length:
      8-bit unsigned integer.  Multiple of 8-octets.

   OCN Function Flags:
      Some flags require metadata, others dont.  So process flags in
      order, if the flag is off, following metadata will not be present.

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           | Flag | Description                                   |
           |    U | send message immediately. its an alarm        |
           |    P | periodic packet (intervals in ~ms)            |
           |    F | part of flowlet. see Nonce and seq            |
           |    L | bounded latency spec provided                 |
           |    R | Reliability with no packet loss tolerance     |
           |    V | Delay variation with no packet loss tolerance |

                                   Table 1

   Flowlet nonce:
      16-bit. identifies that a packet is associated to group of packets
      and shares fate.

   Flowlet sequence:
      8-bit. sequence to be used for ordering with in flowlets.

   Bound Latency Spec:
      32-bit.  Encodings, to be defined.
      16-bit (upper bound), 16-bit (lower-bound).  This field will
      provide upper and lower latency bounds describing the the latency
      bounds in milliseconds corresponding to the packet.

   Delay Variation Spec:
      16-bit. for synchronous stream, delay variation tolerance in ms.

6.  IANA Considerations


7.  Security Considerations

   See section on security above.

8.  Acknowledgements

9.  References

9.1.  Normative References

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              Finn, N., Thubert, P., Varga, B., and J. Farkas,
              "Deterministic Networking Architecture", RFC 8655,
              DOI 10.17487/RFC8655, October 2019,

              Varga, B., Ed., Farkas, J., Berger, L., Fedyk, D., and S.
              Bryant, "Deterministic Networking (DetNet) Data Plane:
              IP", RFC 8939, DOI 10.17487/RFC8939, November 2020,

   [RFC8939]  Varga, B., Ed., Farkas, J., Berger, L., Fedyk, D., and S.
              Bryant, "Deterministic Networking (DetNet) Data Plane:
              IP", RFC 8939, DOI 10.17487/RFC8939, November 2020,

   [RFC9055]  Grossman, E., Ed., Mizrahi, T., and A. Hacker,
              "Deterministic Networking (DetNet) Security
              Considerations", RFC 9055, DOI 10.17487/RFC9055, June
              2021, <>.

9.2.  Informative References

   [FACTORY]  Westphal, C., Makhijani, K., Dev, K., and L. Foschini,
              "OCN Use Cases for Industry control Networks", Work in
              Progress, Internet-Draft, draft-wmdf-ocn-use-cases-00, 7
              July 2022, <

   [NIST-OT]  "Risk management framework for information systems and
              organizations:: a system life cycle approach for security
              and privacy", National Institute of Standards and
              Technology report, DOI 10.6028/nist.sp.800-37r2, December
              2018, <>.

              Makhijani, K., Faisal, T., and R. Li, "Operations and
              Control Networks - Reference Model and Taxonomy", Work in
              Progress, Internet-Draft, draft-km-intarea-ocn-00, 2 July
              2022, <

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   [PTP-GRID] "IEC/IEEE International Standard - Communication networks
              and systems for power utility automation – Part 9-3:
              Precision time protocol profile for power utility
              automation", IEEE standard,
              DOI 10.1109/ieeestd.2016.7479438, August 2016,

   [VIRT-PLC] Makhijani, K. and L. Dong, "Virtualization of PLC in
              Industrial Networks - Problem Statement", Work in
              Progress, Internet-Draft, draft-km-iotops-iiot-frwk-02, 5
              March 2022, <

Authors' Addresses

   Kiran Makhijani

   Tooba Faisal
   King's College London

   Richard Li

   Cedric Westphal

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