Re: [Teas] WG adoption - draft-nsdt-teas-transport-slice-definition - Appendix

Jari Arkko <> Tue, 25 August 2020 19:59 UTC

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High-level bit: I would like to see the document adopted. With changes if needed. Let the WG decide. Design teams are there just for preparing proposals. Authority to do stuff is entirely in the WG now.

When it comes to the isolation topic, however, FWIW, I wanted to provide both a context from design team discussions and my personal perspective on this.

Design team discussions: 

We’ve had variants of this discussion on almost all of the calls we’ve had for the last year. One one side there was our shared observation that industry uses the term isolation, and (perhaps less widely shared conclusion) that it is important to be able to relate to this. On the other side, there was our shared agreement that what matters from a requirement perspective is the bandwidth and other requirements, and that there are several techniques that can provide the desired characteristic of not having your neighbour affect the bandwidth the service provider has agreed to give you.

The text that we had was in an appendix precisely because we felt that the top-level SLOs should be the requirement and are sufficient by themselves. The appendix only attempts to say that “there’s multiple ways to achieve this, and by the way, this term in the industry relates to our work in this indirect way”.

I can appreciate that we may have failed in the task of writing that. Delete and move on, no biggie :-)

Personal perspective: 

My impression of customer requirements and how they get represented matches with what Joel has been saying in this thread.

I’m fine removing the appendix. 

If I had my way, I would write the document based entirely on the primary characteristics — such as that we promise you n GB/s. Then I would write a footnote or appendix somewhere that explains that this notion isolation has also been discussed elsewhere, and that it can be represented using the primary characteristics, and hence need not be discussed further in this document. One could perhaps also point out that there are multiple ways to implement the primary characteristics promises, so that those promises can be kept despite what’s happening with your neighbour’s traffic. And leave it at that. But I understand from this thread that people are reluctant to do that, and may even be reluctant to write anything about isolation. I’m fine with that, too.