[Nmc-wg] Netconf in pS
zurawski at internet2.edu
Thu Jan 21 08:39:45 CST 2010
Thanks for providing this, pretty neat. Also for reference the NETCONF
RFC is here:
> I'm sending you some info about the investigation work (by Arne
> Oslebo) on Netconf in pS which is being done in Geant3. After a while
> I will add a detailed description from one of project documents but
> it's still under review process so it must wait a bit.
An obvious issue that the author has pointed out to not use NM-WG/NMC-WG
is the lack of documentation both at a protocol and service level, which
is a failing for the pS consortium in general. Hopefully this will be
rectified soon through this group.
To comment on the subject matter itself, I am having a hard time
justifying in my mind why trying to use a protocol designed for a
similar (but not identical) task is a good idea. In NETCONF's own words it:
> provides mechanisms to install, manipulate, and delete the
> configuration of network devices
This touches a gray area in perfSONAR that has been the topic of DICE
meetings in the past, namely managing the service configuration vs the
measurement configuration. I think there may be a place in perfSONAR for
this protocol, but I don't believe that exchanging/storing the actual
data with the NETCONF primitives makes sense.
I will end by noting a reply that Martin has been known to give in the
past: "its all just XML!". Maybe we can see a demonstration at the next
developers meeting to see how valuable this could be.
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