Discrepancy detection between NMDA datastores

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Network Working Group                                           A. Clemm
Internet-Draft                                                     Y. Qu
Intended status: Standards Track                             J. Tantsura
Expires: April 8, 2018                      Futurewei Technologies, Inc.
                                                         October 5, 2017

             Discrepancy detection between NMDA datastores


   This document defines a capability that allows to report
   discrepancies between management datastores in Netconf or Restconf
   servers that comply with the NMDA architecture.  The capability is
   based on a set of RPCs that are defined as part of a YANG data model
   and that are intended to be used in conjunction with Netconf and

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Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   2
   2.  Key Words . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
   3.  Definitions and Acronyms  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
   4.  Data Model Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4
   5.  YANG Data Model . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
   6.  IANA Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   7
     6.1.  Updates to the IETF XML Registry  . . . . . . . . . . . .   7
     6.2.  Updates to the YANG Module Names Registry . . . . . . . .   8
   7.  Security Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   8
   8.  Normative References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   8
   Authors' Addresses  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   9

1.  Introduction

   The revised Network Management Datastore Architecture (NMDA) [NMDA]
   introduces a set of new datastores that each hold YANG-defined data
   [RFC7950] and represent a different "viewpoint" on the data that is
   maintained by a server.  New YANG datastores that are introduced
   include <intended>, which contains validated configuration data that
   a client application intends to be in effect, and <operational>,
   which contains at least conceptually operational state data (such as
   statistics) as well as configuration data that is actually in effect.

   NMDA introduces in effect a concept of "lifecycle" for management
   data, allowing to clearly distinguish between data that is part of a
   configuration that was supplied by a user, configuration data that
   has actually been successfully applied and that is part of the
   operational state, and overall operational state that includes both
   applied configuration data as well as status and statistics.

   As a result, data from the same management model can be reflected in
   multiple datastores.  Clients need to specify the target datastore to
   be specific about which viewpoint of the data they want to access.
   This way, an application can differentiate whether they are (for
   example) interested in the configuration that has been applied and is
   actually in effect, or in the configuration that was supplied by a
   client and that is supposed to be in effect.

   Due to the fact that data can propagate from one datastore to
   another, it is possibly for discrepancies to occur.  Some of this is
   entirely expected, as there may be a time lag between when a
   configuration is applied to the device and reflected e.g. in
   <intended>, until when it actually takes effect and is reflected in

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   <operational>.  However, there may be cases when a configuration item
   that was to be applied may not actually take effect at all or needs
   an unusually long time to do so.  This can be the case due to certain
   conditions not being met, resource dependencies not being resolved,
   or even implementation errors in corner conditions.

   When configuration that is in effect is different from configuration
   that was applied, many issues can result.  It becomes more difficult
   to operate the network properly due to limited visibility of actual
   status which makes it more difficult to analyze and understand what
   is going on in the network.  Services may be negatively affected (for
   example, breaking a service instance resulting in service is not
   properly delivered to a customer) and network resources be

   Applications can potentially analyze any discrepancies between two
   datastores by retrieving the contents from both datastores and
   comparing them.  However, in many cases this will be at the same time
   costly and extremely wasteful.  It will also not be an effective
   approach to discover changes that are only "fleeting", or for that
   matter to distinguish between changes that are only fleeting from
   ones that are not and that may represent a real operational issue and
   inconsistency within the device.

   This document introduces a YANG data model which defines RPCs,
   intended to be used in conjunction with NETCONF [RFC6241] or RESTCONF
   [RFC8040], that allow a client to request a server to compare two
   NMDA datastores and report any discepancies.  It also features a
   dampening option that allows to exclude discrepancies that are only
   fleeting from the report.

2.  Key Words

   The key words "MUST", "MUST NOT", "REQUIRED", "SHALL", "SHALL NOT",
   "OPTIONAL" in this document are to be interpreted as described in BCP
   14 [RFC2119] [RFC8174] when, and only when, they appear in all
   capitals, as shown here.

3.  Definitions and Acronyms

      NMDA: Network Management Datastore Architecture

      RPC: Remote Procedure Call

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4.  Data Model Overview

   At the core of the solution is a new management operation, <compare>,
   that allows to compare two datastores for the same data.  The
   operation checks whether there are any discrepancies in values or in
   objects that are contained in either datastore, and returns any
   discrepancies as output.  The output is returned in the format
   specified in YANG-Patch [RFC8072].

   The YANG data model defines the <compare> operation as a new RPC.
   The operation takes the following input parameters:

   o  source: The source identifies the datastore that will serve as
      reference for the comparison, for example <intended>.

   o  target: The target identifies the datastore to compare against the

   o  filter-spec: This is a choice between different filter constructs
      to identify the portions of the datastore to be retrieved.  It
      acts as a node selector that specifies which data nodes are within
      the scope of the comparison and which nodes are outside the scope.
      (The filter dow not contain expressions that would match values
      data nodes, as this is not required by most use cases and would
      complicate the scheme, from implementation to dealing with race

   o  dampening: Identifies the minimum time period for which a
      discrepancy must persist for it to be reported.

   The operation provides the following output parameter:

   o  differences: This parameter contains the list of differences,
      encoded per RFC8072, i.e. specifying which patches would need to
      be applied to the source to produce the target.

   The structure of the YANG data model is depicted in the diagram
   below.  The notation syntax follows

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   module: ietf-nmda-compare

       +---x compare
          +---w input
          |  +---w source            identityref
          |  +---w target            identityref
          |  +---w (filter-spec)?
          |  |  +--:(subtree-filter)
          |  |  |  +---w subtree-filter?   <anydata>
          |  |  +--:(xpath-filter)
          |  |     +---w xpath-filter?     yang:xpath1.0 {nc:xpath}?
          |  +---w dampening?        yang:timeticks
          +--ro output
             +--ro differences

5.  YANG Data Model

<CODE BEGINS> file "ietf-nmda-compare@2017-10-05.yang"
module ietf-nmda-compare {

  yang-version 1.1;
  namespace "urn:ietf:params:xml:ns:yang:ietf-nmda-compare";

  prefix cp;

  import ietf-yang-types {
    prefix yang;
  import ietf-datastores {
    prefix ds;
  import ietf-yang-patch {
    prefix ypatch;
  import ietf-netconf {
    prefix nc;

  organization "IETF";
    "WG Web:   <http://tools.ietf.org/wg/netconf/>
     WG List:  <mailto:netconf@ietf.org>

     Author: Alexander Clemm

     Author: Yingzhen Qu

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     Author: Jeff Tantsura

    "The YANG data model defines a new operation, <compare>, that
     can be used to compare NMDA datastores.";

  revision 2017-10-05 {
      "Initial revision";
      "RFC XXXX: Discrepancy detection between NMDA datastores";

  /* RPC */
  rpc compare {
      "NMDA compare operation.";
    input {
      leaf source {
        type identityref {
          base ds:datastore;
        mandatory true;
          "The source datastore to be compared.";
      leaf target {
        type identityref {
          base ds:datastore;
        mandatory true;
          "The target datastore to be compared.";
          choice filter-spec {
          "Identifies the portions of the datastores to be

        anydata subtree-filter {
            "This parameter identifies the portions of the
             target datastore to retrieve.";
          reference "RFC 6241, Section 6.";

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        leaf xpath-filter {
          if-feature nc:xpath;
          type yang:xpath1.0;
            "This parameter contains an XPath expression
             identifying the portions of the target
             datastore to retrieve.";
      leaf dampening {
        type yang:timeticks;
        default "0";
          "The dampening period, in hundredths of a second, for the
                   reporting of differences. Only differences that pertain
                   for at least the dampening time are reported.  A value of
                   0 indicates no dampening.";
    output {
      container differences {
        uses ypatch:yang-patch;
          "The list of differences, encoded per RFC8072.";

6.  IANA Considerations

6.1.  Updates to the IETF XML Registry

   This document registers one URI in the IETF XML registry [RFC3688].
   Following the format in [RFC3688], the following registration is

      URI: urn:ietf:params:xml:ns:yang:ietf-nmda-compare

      Registrant Contact: The IESG.

      XML: N/A, the requested URI is an XML namespace.

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6.2.  Updates to the YANG Module Names Registry

   This document registers a YANG module in the YANG Module Names
   registry [RFC6020].  Following the format in [RFC6020], the following
   registration is requested:

      name: ietf-nmda-compare

      namespace: urn:ietf:params:xml:ns:yang:ietf-nmda-compare

      prefix: cp

      reference: RFC XXXX

7.  Security Considerations

   Comparing discrepancies between datastores requires a certain amount
   of processing resources at the server.  An attacker could attempt to
   attack a server by making a high volume of discrepancy detection
   requests.  Server implementations can guard against such scenarios in
   several ways.  For one, they can implement NACM in order to require
   proper authorization for requests to be made.  Second, server
   implementations can limit the number of requests that they serve in
   any one time interval, potentially rejecting requests made at a
   higher frequency than the implementation can reasonably sustain.

8.  Normative References

              Bjorklund, M. and L. Berger, "YANG Tree Diagrams", I-D
              draft-ietf-netmod-yang-tree-diagrams, June 2017.

   [NMDA]     Bjorklund, M., Schoenwaelder, J., Shafer, P., Watsen, K.,
              and R. Wilton, "Network Management Datastore
              Architecture", August 2017,

              Voit, E., Clemm, A., Gonzalez Prieto, A., Nilsen-Nygaard,
              E., and A. Tripathy, "Custom subscription to event
              notifications", October 2017,

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   [RFC2119]  Bradner, S., "Key words for use in RFCs to Indicate
              Requirement Levels", BCP 14, RFC 2119,
              DOI 10.17487/RFC2119, March 1997,

   [RFC3688]  Mealling, M., "The IETF XML Registry", BCP 81, RFC 3688,
              DOI 10.17487/RFC3688, January 2004,

   [RFC6020]  Bjorklund, M., Ed., "YANG - A Data Modeling Language for
              the Network Configuration Protocol (NETCONF)", RFC 6020,
              DOI 10.17487/RFC6020, October 2010,

   [RFC6241]  Enns, R., Ed., Bjorklund, M., Ed., Schoenwaelder, J., Ed.,
              and A. Bierman, Ed., "Network Configuration Protocol
              (NETCONF)", RFC 6241, DOI 10.17487/RFC6241, June 2011,

   [RFC7950]  Bjorklund, M., Ed., "The YANG 1.1 Data Modeling Language",
              RFC 7950, DOI 10.17487/RFC7950, August 2016,

   [RFC8040]  Bierman, A., Bjorklund, M., and K. Watsen, "RESTCONF
              Protocol", RFC 8040, DOI 10.17487/RFC8040, January 2017,

   [RFC8072]  Bierman, A., Bjorklund, M., and K. Watsen, "YANG Patch
              Media Type", RFC 8072, DOI 10.17487/RFC8072, February
              2017, <https://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc8072>.

   [RFC8174]  Leiba, B., "Ambiguity of Uppercase vs Lowercase in RFC
              2119 Key Words", BCP 14, RFC 8174, DOI 10.17487/RFC8174,
              May 2017, <https://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc8174>.

              Clemm, A., Voit, E., Gonzalez Prieto, A., Tripathy, A.,
              Nilsen-Nygaard, E., Bierman, A., and B. Lengyel,
              "Subscribing to YANG datastore push updates", August 2017,

Authors' Addresses

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   Alexander Clemm
   Futurewei Technologies, Inc.
   2330 Central Expressway
   Santa Clara,  CA 95050

   Email: ludwig@clemm.org

   Yingzhen Qu
   Futurewei Technologies, Inc.
   2330 Central Expressway
   Santa Clara,  CA 95050

   Email: yingzhen.qu@huawei.com

   Jeff Tantsura
   Futurewei Technologies, Inc.
   2330 Central Expressway
   Santa Clara,  CA 95050

   Email: jefftant.ietf@gmail.com

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