Re: [Teas] Definitions of VTN and Slice Aggregate in the drafts

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Hi Sergio,

Thanks for your support on the terminology clarification. It is important to have consistent understanding about the terminology before we could understand the relationship between different proposals.

As for the VN concept defined in RFC 8453, to me the concept of VN and VTN looks similar, while they are introduced for different purposes.

VN in RFC 8453 is to provide the customer with an abstracted view of the network based on YANG models. There are two modes to provide such view to customer: abstracted as a set of edge-to-edge links, or abstracted as a topology or virtual nodes and virtual links.

While the term VTN was introduced to refer to the virtual underlay network in the layered architecture as described in draft-ietf-teas-enhanced-vpn, it is used to organize a subset of the network nodes and links, and allocate a set of network resources on these nodes and links to build a customized underlay network. Operator can instantiate multiple VTNs to carry different types of services, or the traffic of different customers. The customers does not necessarily need to be provided with the information of VTN.

Another consideration was that the term VN is generic (not only defined in RFC 8453), thus could mean different things in different context. Thus we choose to use a dedicated term for the virtual underlay network.

Hope this helps.

Best regards,

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Subject: RE: Definitions of VTN and Slice Aggregate in the drafts

Hi Jie,
Clarification on terminology is always a good effort to do  thanks for that.
On the other hand I'd like to understand , about "VTN", what is the difference in your VTN concept with respect what already defined in RFC 8453 in section 2.1?
In that section there is a description also of the two types of VN , customer can manage.
A parallel effort with draft-ietf-teas-actn-vn-yang permits to "create" VN of the desired type.
So my question is : what in your "new" VTN is different with respect what already defined related to VN to force using another term ?


From: Teas <<>> On Behalf Of Dongjie (Jimmy)
Sent: Tuesday, March 9, 2021 7:38 PM
Subject: [Teas] Definitions of VTN and Slice Aggregate in the drafts

Hi all,

In today's meeting, some people raised comments about the confusions caused by the multiple terms. To help the understanding with the term "VTN" and "Slice Aggregate", I reread the text about their definitions and descriptions in each draft.

Although the terminologies are described in different ways, IMO the essential information behind is the same: a logical network construct consists of the topology attribute and the network resources attributes.

Some effort to resolve the terminology overlap could help to reduce the confusions and provide a consistent view on the framework and technologies for network slice realization.

Here are the text about the terms quoted from each draft:

- VTN (in draft-ietf-teas-enhanced-vpn-07):

VPN+ is built from a VPN overlay and an underlying Virtual Transport Network (VTN) which has a customized network topology and a set of dedicated or shared resources in the underlay network.

A VTN is a virtual underlay network that connects customer edge points. The VTN has the capability to deliver the performance characteristics required by an enhanced VPN customer and to provide isolation between separate VPN+ instances.

- Slice Aggregate (in draft-bestbar-teas-ns-packet-02)

This document introduces the notion of a slice aggregate which comprises of one of more IETF network slice traffic streams. It describes how a slice policy can be used to realize a slice aggregate by instantiating specific control and data plane behaviors on select topological elements in IP/MPLS networks.

When logical networks representing slice aggregates are realized on top of a shared physical network infrastructure, it is important to steer traffic on the specific network resources allocated for the slice aggregate.

Slice aggregate: a collection of packets that match a slice policy selection criteria and are given the same forwarding treatment; a slice aggregate comprises of one or more IETF network slice traffic streams; the mapping of one or more IETF network slices to a slice aggregate is maintained by the IETF Network Slice Controller.

- Slice policy (in draft-bestbar-teas-ns-packet-02, to help the understanding of Slice Aggregate)

Slice policy: a policy construct that enables instantiation of mechanisms in support of IETF network slice specific control and data plane behaviors on select topological elements; the enforcement of a slice policy results in the creation of a slice aggregate.

A slice policy topology may include all or a sub-set of the physical nodes and links of an IP/MPLS network; it may be comprised of dedicated and/or shared network resources (e.g., in terms of processing power, storage, and bandwidth).

Best regards,