Re: [Detnet] OAM terms

Fabrice Theoleyre <> Wed, 07 July 2021 06:11 UTC

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Date: Wed, 7 Jul 2021 08:11:14 +0200
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Hi Pascal,

Thanks for taking this initiative.

>    [OAM]:  OAM stands for Operations, Administration, and Maintenance, and
>       covers the processes, activities, tools, and standards involved
>       with operating, administering, managing and maintaining any
>       system.  This document uses the terms Operations, Administration,
>       and Maintenance, in conformance with the IETF 'Guidelines for the
>       Use of the "OAM" Acronym in the IETF' [RFC6291] and the system
>       observed by the RAW OAM is the Track.
>    Active OAM:  Active OAM uses specially constructed test packets
>       crafted to observe a particular Track, subTrack, or Segment of a
>       Track.
>    In-Band OAM:  An active OAM packet is considered in-band [for] the
>       monitored Track when it traverses the same set of links and
>       interfaces, [and if the OAM packets receive] the same QoS and PAREO treatment as the data
>       flows that are injected in the Track.
>    Out-of-Band OAM:  An active OAM packet is out-of-band if its datapath
>       is topologically the same as of that of the Track, subTrack or
>       Segment being observed, but the QoS or PAREO treatment is
>       different (e.g., lower CoS).
>    Limited OAM:  An active OAM packet is a Limited OAM packet when it [is]
>       observes the RAW operation over a node, a segment, or a subTrack
>       of the Track, though not from Ingress to Egress.  It is injected
>       in the datapath and extracted from the datapath around the
>       particular function or subnetwork (e.g., around a relay providing
>       a service layer replication point) that is being tested.

[FT] I modified directly the text for typos / direct reformulations  [modif]

>    Reverse OAM:  A Reverse OAM packet is an Out-of-Band OAM packet that
>       traverses the Track from West to East and North-South in one of
>       either direction, to capture and report OAM measurements upstream.

[FT] Shall we consider also the case where each intermediary hop reports directly and autonomously the control information to the OAM source? To my mind, saying that an OAM packet collects everything may be quite restrictive, and we may not be able to address all the cases. 

[FT] in that case, Reverse OAM: a reverse OAM packet is an Out-of-Band OAM packet that reports OAM measurements from intermediary routers to the OAM source. 

My 2 cents,