Re: [Teas] Network Slicing Design Team definitions

Joel Halpern Direct <> Thu, 30 April 2020 15:56 UTC

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If "Service Endpoint" is supposed to include the actual source or sink 
of the packet, then the definition should say that.  It is possible it 
means that, but it is very hard to glean it from the current text.  How 

Service type EP:  This type of endpoint receives and sends user packets.
     It may be the actual source or sink of the packet.  It may also be
     a node which processes and potentially modifies received packets,
     and then sends those packets onward.  This would include ...


On 4/30/2020 11:03 AM, Eric Gray wrote:
> I believe the intention is that “service end-points” correspond to the devices connecting to the transport slice, while “transport end-points” are the devices terminating the service itself.
> Add the understanding the by “devices” IO do not mean to exclude “virtual devices.”
> If my understanding is correct, what could we say to make this clearer?
> —
> Eric
>> On Apr 30, 2020, at 10:58 AM, Joel M. Halpern <> wrote:
>> I am referring to the later text on endpoints.  It defines transport endpoints and service endpoints.  But not actual endpoints.  So I found it odd.
>> Yours,
>> Joel
>> On 4/30/2020 10:29 AM, Jari Arkko wrote:
>>> Joel:
>>>> Oddity:
>>>>     The definition of Endpoint has the oddity that it seems to leave the original packet source and the intended packet destination as not being Endpoints?  They can not be attached directly to the transport slice?
>>> I’d like to understand your comment better. What specific text are you referring to? The definition simply said:
>>>   "A transport slice is a logical network topology connecting a number
>>>     of endpoints and a set of shared or dedicated network resources,
>>>     which are used to satisfy specific Service Level Objectives (SLO)”.
>>> At least in my mind this isn’t necessarily related to packet source and destination addresses; I may want a VPN between your network and mine, but that’s different from the addresses used in the traffic entering the VPN. For instance, my computer’s address is not the endpoint of the VPN, my VPN router is.
>>> But maybe I misunderstood the comment. I agree that the sections that come after the definition and talk about e.g. specific characteristics may have confused something in some cases. E.g., not sure we’ve entirely covered directionality correctly in all the text.
>>> Jari
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