Autonomic Networking Integrated Model and Approach

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Document Proposed charter Autonomic Networking Integrated Model and Approach WG (anima) Snapshot
Title Autonomic Networking Integrated Model and Approach
Last updated 2019-04-16
State Draft Charter Rechartering
WG State Active
IESG Responsible AD Robert Wilton
Charter Edit AD Ignas Bagdonas
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[Note: Changes from 2.0.5: Added initial milestones at end, fixed up
sentence about ANIMA/NMRG/Intent (via Laurent)]

The Autonomic Networking Integrated Model and Approach (ANIMA) working group
develops and maintains specifications and documentation for interoperable
protocols and procedures for automated network management and control of
networks that are developed, built and operated by professionals.

The vision is a network that configures, heals, optimizes and protects itself.
The strategy is the incremental introduction of components to smoothly evolve
existing and new networks accordingly.

ANIMA work will rely on the framework described in
draft-ietf-anima-reference-model. Work not related to this framework is welcome
for review, but WG adoption of such work requires explicit rechartering. The
three areas of the framework are (1) the Autonomic Networking Infrastructure
(ANI), (2) Autonomic Functions (AF) built from software modules called
Autonomic Service Agents (ASA) and (3) Intent.

The ANI is specified through prior ANIMA work. It is composed of the Autonomic
Control Plane (ACP; RFC 8368), Bootstrap over Secure Key Infrastructures
(BRSKI) including Vouchers (RFC8366), and the Generic Autonomic Signaling
Protocol (GRASP). ANIMA will work on closing gaps and extended ANI and its

ANIMA will start to define Autonomic Functions (AF) to enable service
automation in networks; it will also work on generic aspects of ASA including
design guidelines and lifecycle management including coordination and
dependency management.

ANIMA will not work on Intent or machine learning and other AI techniques
without explicit rechartering.

ANIMA will coordinate with other IETF and IRTF groups. It will rely on Network
Management Research Group (NMRG) to define the next steps for Intent.

Acceptance of work items by the WG will be scheduled/throttled so that
contributors can target them to enter WG last call after not more than a number
of IETF meeting cycles agreed by the AD.

Proposed work items include but are not limited to:

    Works extending ANI, including variation of ANI deployment (e.g. in
    virtualisation or compounding environment), information and signalling
    distribution within an AN, ANI OAMP interfaces (Operations, Administration,
    Management, Provisioning), e.g. YANG models, interaction with YANG-based
    mechanisms, defining the domain boundary and membership management of the
    domain, and etc.

    Works regarding to generic Autonomic Service Agents, including design and
    implementer guidelines for ASAs, life cycle management, authorisation and
    coordination of ASA, and etc.

    BRSKI relevant works, including proxies, enrolment, adaptions over various
    network protocols, variations of voucher formats, and etc.

    Generic use cases of Autonomic Network and new GRASP extensions/options for
    them, including but not limited to bulk transfer, DNS-SD interworking,
    autonomic resource management,autonomic SLA assurance, autonomic
    multi-tenant management, autonomic network measurement, and etc.

    Integration with Network Operations Centers (NOCs), including autonomic
    discovery/connectivity to NOC, YANG-based ANI/ASA management by the NOC and
    reporting and reporting AF from node to NOC.

The initial set of milestones targets documents for the the following topics.

    Lifecycle and Management of Autonomic Service Agents (ASA)

    Guidelines for developing Autonomic Service Agents (ASA)

    Information distribution over GRASP

    Constrained Voucher Artifacts for Bootstrapping Protocols

    Constrained Join Proxy for Bootstrapping Protocols

Milestones will be added and updated on Datatracker through WG progress along
the above described work areas.