OSM PoC 9 Open WAN control for multi-site service orchestration

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PoC Team Members

  • School of Computing & Communications, Lancaster University

All Poc team members are OSM members or participants


NFV-MANO standards for network service orchestration define an architecture and a data model that allows an orchestration entity to deploy, dynamically configure and monitor virtual and physical network functions across virtualized datacenters. Although the model offers extensive details for network function management and host level network configuration, end-to-end connectivity management beyond the datacenter remains limited. The responsibility for cross-site connectivity is delegated to a control abstraction, the WAN Infrastructure Manager (WIM), which is partially defined in those standards. This PoC builds on the Open Source MANO (OSM) WIM plug-in model to orchestrate an open-source multi-point WIM implementation allowing researchers to experiment with multi-site service deployments. Indeed, this PoC features the Data Plane Broker (DPB), which uses an extensive data model to seamlessly translate NFV MANO requirements into SDN configuration, supporting point-to-point and multipoint connectivity with strong bandwidth guarantees. A new WIM connector has been implemented to adapt DPB to OSM Release SIX. Initial experiments highlight that path computation can scale to large network topologies and a large number of services, with negligible computational overheads, while DPB increases by less than 10% the overall deployment delay of an OSM service.

PoC Key Takeaways

  • This PoC features OSM orchestrating an open-source multi-point WIM implementation for SDN networks, DPB, which
    • Offers hierarchical control of programmable WANs and defines a detailed WAN control data model
    • Supports large network infrastructures and increasing numbers of service requests with small computational overhead.
    • Offers the opportunity for further development of multi-site support in service orchestration standardization.
    • Thanks to the hierarchical and open design of the data model, offers the opportunity to implement and evaluate alternative distributed path estimation algorithms
  • This PoC develops a new WIM connector in OSM for DPB

PoC Proposal

OSM Components

  • OSM Release SIX
    • Modified Resource Orchestrator (RO) and North Bound Interface (NBI)


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