Re: [irs-discuss] IRS Problem Statement Posted

Susan Hares <> Tue, 31 July 2012 01:27 UTC

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Exposing some network intelligence can either be done in detail or in some amount of summarization. 
If you are doing detail, you have bandwidth issues. If you are doing summarization or opacity, you are talking about layers of information. 

Apps need to find out what they need to get. They do not need all the details - just the fact they can get from point A to Point B (or for multi-cast B/C/D). They need to where they can go to date other applications.  They need a match-maker for the application who determine where the applications shall flow.  Now, if they are smart - like people going out to eat - they pick several ways go to eat traffic.  

The network orchestration then serves to be the paths to the place to eat.  This can either be distributed or centralized.  

If we have an Interface to routing, it need to have a two-layer concept of exposing information.  

Sue Hares 

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Subject: Re: [irs-discuss] IRS Problem Statement Posted

Hi James,

This is not about splitting control plane and forwarding plane. It is about exposing network intelligence in the network elements to an external controller.
And it is about allowing an external controller to use that information for enabling network-aware apps. And it is about allowing apps to influence the
network element's RIB (not the FIB directly).

Streaming is essential to allow for operations at scale...and avoid a request/response gated mechanism.

Hope that helps.


On 7/30/12 3:11 PM, "James Kempf" <>; wrote:

I don't understand why streaming is specified in this draft. And I don't understand why this draft isn't put in the Forces framework. Forces is a framework explicitedly designed for device to controller communication. Its major drawback it that it is a framework with a hole in the middle, in that there are no specified devices. This draft would fill that hole.

I don't think it is necessary to have a problem statement for router state update. Forces has already established that splitting the control plane into a separate device is, in some cases, an attractive design option. So I think this should be submitted to the Forces working group, or, at least, recast in the Forces framework.


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