Re: [i2rs] 'network type' placement and RFC8345

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This issue is one that I debated with the TEAS group since there are two
options: with teas (length is required) and without teas (length is extra). 

Deborah suggested that CCAMP was the expert. The original authors wanted it
to go to TEAS and CCAMP.   TEAS felt CCAMP and WSON should go under the
TE-Topology.   Since TEAS has control over a great deal of these drafts, the
TEAS won. 

This is not a clear logical reason but perhaps the TEAS people will provide
you with their reasoning. 

The reason I backed off on forcing specific instruction into RFC8345 is that
the debates were still in full discussion mode.   I had hoped we would come
back and add detail later. 


-----Original Message-----
From: i2rs [] On Behalf Of tom petch
Sent: Friday, September 25, 2020 11:58 AM
To: Susan Hares; 'Qin Wu'
Subject: Re: [i2rs] 'network type' placement and RFC8345

From: Susan Hares <>
Sent: 25 September 2020 14:10


The tree structure in RFC8345 provides links between types at different
layers (service layer, net-layer 3, Layer2, Layer 1).

The choice of whether CCAMP is layer 1 or layer 1-2 is a choice of the IETF
standardizing the group.  Deborah is correct to send you to that group.

Can you provide a little detail on why you thing "CCAMP got it wrong"?


What I was referring to was placing the definition of the network type for
WSON, for flexi-grid,  for otn-topo, for optical impairment  under
te-topology so that te-topology  becomes a top level node in the tree of
network node like layer 1 or layer 2.  Were WSON under layer 1 or layer 1-2
I would not question it but it seems inconsistent to me to treat te-topology
like layer 1 etc.  To me, that is looking at the classification of network
type in a different dimension to layers, perhaps on the basis of YANG

I have read and re-read RFC8345 and as I have said, I find it clear that a
presence container must be defined but do not see the guidance as to what
goes under what, apart from OSPF and layer 3.  

A minor consequence is that all the references in the YANG when statements
have an extra element - that is 101 when statements in wson-yang. Longer
term I think we might find a different usage for the tree structure of
network type although I do not see anything in particular at the moment and
having a cluster under te-toplogy might thwart that usage (or of course it
could be spot on:-).

I e-mailed TEAS as the owners of te-topology to see if they saw themselves
as a top level node but have yet to get a reply.  I e-mailed yourself and
I2RS to see if anyone had any more to say about RFC8345, what the thinking
was about the tree structure and how it might be used.

If I got an answer, then my thinking was to raise it as part of IETF Last
Call for wson-yang to see what others thought.  If TEAS or I2RS had strong
views then I would see CCAMP as being likely to fall in with them.

Tom Petch


-----Original Message-----
From: tom petch []
Sent: Friday, September 25, 2020 6:31 AM
To: Qin Wu; Sue Hares
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Subject: Re: [i2rs] 'network type' placement and RFC8345

From: Qin Wu <>
Sent: 24 September 2020 13:17

发件人: tom petch []
发送时间: 2020年9月24日 16:45

From: Qin Wu <>
Sent: 24 September 2020 03:22

Hi, Tom:
Layer2, Layer 3, TE are all base modules which other modules can extend
I am not sure we have Layer 1 base module, WSON and flexi-grid, if my
understanding is correct, are TE technology specific and WSON and flexi-grid
module can be seem as extension to TE module or a module derived from TE
module Therefore we could follow OSPF example defined in the L3 topology
module or L3 TE module defined in draft-ietf-teas-yang-l3-te-topo-08.


I think that you are missing the point.
RFC8345 sets up a registry, a namespace, and gives rules about how it should
be used.  The use of a YANG presence container is clearly specified.
What I find unclear in RFC8345 is the intent about tree structure it
describes, what is the criterion for placing e.g. network type 802.3
alongside or below one of the existing network type.
How the different network type YANG modules relate with respect to YANG
import and augment is a different and irrelevant question IMHO.
My thinking is that CCAMP have got it wrong and that their network types
should be alongside existing types, that there is nothing in RFC8345 to
suggest that they should be subordinate to anything else.
Since they are presence containers I see nothing in YANG that would make a
tree structure anything other than more complicated with a longer path to
reference them bringing no benefit.

Tom Petch

   module: ietf-l3-te-topology
     augment /nw:networks/nw:network/nw:network-types
       +--rw l3-te!
   module example-ospf-topology
       +--rw ospf!
I might be wrong if a generic layer 1 can be defined without adding
dependency to TE technology. But at least layer 1 type or layer 0 type are
common building block that can be reused.

In addition, base model, in my opinion doesn't need to limit to layer 1,
layer 2, layer 3, service layer, TE layer this angle, we may classify
network topology from other angle, e.g., classify network topology into UNI
topology and NNI topology, One relevant model is UNI topology model that is
proposed in the opsawg
such models are also base model which other modules can derive from.

For network type, if we can define it as identity, it may be another design
But comparing with presence container design, I think the only difference is
one is explicit way, the other is implicit way.

My starting point is RFC8345 which for me creates this 'registry' of network
type and lays down the ground rules.  It says that a presence container must
be defined.  Why not identity, as with routing protocols, I do not know.  It
suggests a tree structure and is generally keen on a layered network as in
layer 1, layer 2, layer 3, application-related layers and so on which is
fine until you get to sub-IP.

But, network layering has nothing to do with YANG modules, with imports,
cross-references, dependencies and so on so the fact that the wson module
augments te-topo seems an irrelevance where the tree structure of layers is
concerned.  There are lots of augments to te-topo and they could be any

[Qin]: we can have ietf-l3-te-topology module augment to layer 3, but we
don't have l3 specific module augment to te module, see
I will not see ietf-te-topology-packet as l3 specific module augment to te
module. But may be a little bit fuzzy.
For ccamp modules which are classified into layer 0,layer1 and married with
te technology, I feel nature they augment from te module, but not other
layer module. That's my impression. But I might be wrong.

RFC8345 says a lot but I do not understand what it is saying when it comes
to adding a network type beyond what it says about presence container.  What
is the point of the tree structure therein?
[Qin]: The question is whether there are any layer0, layer 2 modules without
marriage with TE technology?

 Is it something we want or need to embody in YANG so that we can do
something fancy as we can elsewhere with base identity and derivations
therefrom as with routing protocols?

I do not know so my inclination is to say that the structure should be flat
until we have a good reason otherwise lest we find ourselves tied up in
knots at a later data.  I think it would be quite wrong to build a tree
structure of network type based on YANG import which is what I suspect CCAMP
are doing.

Tom Petch

发件人: i2rs [] 代表 tom petch
发送时间: 2020年9月23日 17:16
收件人: Sue Hares <>
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主题: [i2rs] 'network type' placement and RFC8345

RFC8345 requires that a new network type be given a presence container and
suggests a tree structure with layer 1, layer 2, layer 3 and service as top
level nodes with OSPF as an example of a node subordinate to layer 3.
te-topology , RFC8795, places its presence container at the top level
alongside these four.
Question; where should a network type such as WSON or flexi-grid be placed?
wson-yang, in IETF Last Call, places it under te-topology which is possible
but it seems to me more like a layer 1 or layer 0. But then network types do
not seem to form a tree, rather a mesh so a tree structure seems wrong.  And
wherever layer 1 is defined it is not in a module imported by wson-yang
although it might be added to layer0-types (!) which wson-yang does import.
I would see it as wrong to define layer 1 in wson forcing others to import


I have posted this to Lou and TEAS but as it is a question that cuts across
multiple WG I suspect that I will get multiple contradictory answers or

Tom Petch
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