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Open Daylight Controller Information Model

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Open Daylight Controller Information Model


We are seeking outstanding proposals that address relevant topics for further developing the Information Model entailed in the Open Daylight Controllerthis link will generate a new window and its associated set of programmatic interfaces presented to a variety of applications or services that need access to a set of shared networked resources in new, scalable, robust, efficient, and innovative ways that can address complex, multi-layered network optimization and control.

Full Description:

With vast amounts of data, network and computational complexity introduced by such models as cloud compute, smart grid, and the so-called the internet-of-things, there is a growing need to handle complexity and robustness in the network, in a way and at a scale we have never experienced before. Current efforts are focused at providing programmatic control to shared resources. To design efficient or new network services, there is a need to further develop the Information Model that is used by such controllers as the Open Daylightthis link will generate a new window project in order to present a unified view of the control, communications and compute model. We are seeking new conceptual and algorithmic framework for modeling different types of information that can be processed in such distributed control plane as that comprising the Open Daylight project, including, but not limited to these research topics:

  • Scalable, robust, decentralized control with multiple Open Daylight controllers
  • Physical and virtual topologies in the presence of communication or node failures, repairs
  • Information model associated with the data plane, underlying network coding, consistent with developing open standards work such as IETF Netconf, Netmod, ONF NBI working groups
  • Creation of data modeling tools, model-to-model translation tools, tools to generate code from models, and extensions to the modeling language (yang) to support complex application information models
  • Statistical and other types of information gathered from the network traffic to facilitate data analytics and network management functions
  • Rules or policies for the management of network traffic and physical devices, e.g., packet filtering, security, traffic shaping, etc.
  • Tradeoffs in communication and computing for control
  • Distributed vs. local information and state management
  • Consistency models for distributed information and the associated latency
  • Decision making at network and individual controller level
  • Data redundancy to minimize the effects of faults on network functions

The goal of the RFP is to encourage both the research behind a unified theory of control, communications and compute as well as to seek the development of an Information Model that is suitable for implementation on Open Daylight controllers to create new innovative network management services. A study of the impact of a very large deployment on the proposed information models is highly desirable. Mechanisms to adapt information based on traffic contents / characteristics is an important area to consider. The scope of this RFP is not limited to the examples described above. New innovative ideas are also welcome.

Constraints and other information:

IPR will stay with the University. Cisco expects customary scholarly dissemination of results, and hopes that promising results would be made available to the community without limiting licenses, royalties, or other encumbrances. We would expect the University to submit Reasonable and Non-Discriminatory letters of assurance with respect to IPR that are common among standards development organization such as IEEE, ITU-T, and IETF, should standards be written that incorporate the IPR.

Proposal submission:

Please use the link below to submit a proposal for research responding to this RFP. After a preliminary review, we may ask you to revise and resubmit your proposal.

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Note: RFPs may be withdrawn as research proposals are funded, or interest in the specific topic is satisfied. Researchers should plan to submit their proposals as soon as possible. Submissions are batched and reviewed at the beginning of each calendar quarter (January, April, July, and October).

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