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Sdn heading north: Towards a declarative intent-based northbound interface

Alalmaei, Shiyam; Elkhatib, Yehia; Bezahaf, Mehdi; Broadbent, Matthew; Race, Nicholas

Authors

Shiyam Alalmaei

Yehia Elkhatib

Mehdi Bezahaf

Matthew Broadbent

Nicholas Race



Abstract

The Intent-Based Northbound Interface (NBI) offers users the ability to express what they want to achieve instead of how to achieve it, enabling improvements to network management and reducing operational costs. However, development of an Intent-Based NBI remains in its infancy. Existing solutions do not allow users to express high-level operational targets that appropriately capture business objectives, nor link these to lower-level management policies and operations. We propose an extensible Intent-based NBI framework and a higher-level declarative intent expression to enable service-oriented intents with different targets. We focus on the creation of intents and their mapping from high-level expressions to low-level policies, and consider this from the perspective of an intent developer in the context of a Cloud CDN use case.

Citation

Alalmaei, S., Elkhatib, Y., Bezahaf, M., Broadbent, M., & Race, N. (2020, November). Sdn heading north: Towards a declarative intent-based northbound interface. Presented at 2020 16th International Conference on Network and Service Management (CNSM), Izmir, Turkey

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (Published)
Conference Name 2020 16th International Conference on Network and Service Management (CNSM)
Start Date Nov 2, 2020
End Date Nov 6, 2020
Online Publication Date Nov 30, 2020
Publication Date 2020
Deposit Date Mar 8, 2022
Publisher Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Series ISSN 2165-963X
Book Title 2020 16th International Conference on Network and Service Management (CNSM)
DOI https://doi.org/10.23919/CNSM50824.2020.9269118
Keywords SDN, northbound interface, declarative, intents, cloud CDN
Public URL http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/Output/2844108