RFC 8597

Cooperating Layered Architecture for Software-Defined Networking (CLAS), May 2019

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LM. Contreras
CJ. Bernardos
D. Lopez
M. Boucadair
P. Iovanna

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DOI:  https://doi.org/10.17487/RFC8597

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Software-Defined Networking (SDN) advocates for the separation of the control plane from the data plane in the network nodes and its logical centralization on one or a set of control entities. Most of the network and/or service intelligence is moved to these control entities. Typically, such an entity is seen as a compendium of interacting control functions in a vertical, tightly integrated fashion. The relocation of the control functions from a number of distributed network nodes to a logical central entity conceptually places together a number of control capabilities with different purposes. As a consequence, the existing solutions do not provide a clear separation between transport control and services that rely upon transport capabilities.

This document describes an approach called Cooperating Layered Architecture for Software-Defined Networking (CLAS), wherein the control functions associated with transport are differentiated from those related to services in such a way that they can be provided and maintained independently and can follow their own evolution path.

For the definition of Status, see RFC 2026.

For the definition of Stream, see RFC 8729.

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