Maintaining Access Nodes

Using OB-BAA to allow SDN M&C elements to interact with AN requires that the BAA layer is configured to understand the model for the type of device that the BAA layer will interact. Once the type of Access Node is modelled, an instance of the Access Node is created for the type of AN model. Likewise the SDN M&C element will need to be identified within the BAA layer with its permissions that define what the element is authorized to perform within the BAA layer.

Modelling a type of Access Node (AN)

In the BAA layer, each type of AN (e.g., DPU, OLT) supported in the BAA layer is defined and maintained through the administration interface of OB-BAA. In OB-BAA each type of AN that is defined is associated with a set of YANG modules defined for that type of AN. In addition, compatible SBI Adapters are associated with AN type. The YANG modules that are supported by an AN type is determined by administrator of the BAA layer.

Modules for a type of AN are exposed to SDN M&C elements using the “inline schema mount” mechanism defined in the “draft-ietf-netmod-schema-mount” where each mount point defines the modules that comprise the type of AN.

<schema-mounts xmlns="urn:ietf:params:xml:ns:yang:ietf-yang-schema-mount">

Info: Example requests for a SDN M&C element to retrieve the YANG modules provided by an AN type is provided in the source code "examples/yang" directory.

Creating and Maintaining an Access Node Instance

In order for the BAA layer to interact with an Access Node, the BAA layer needs to have enough information to:

  1. Establish a communication session between the BAA layer and the AN instance (e.g., type of device, information to identify the device, connection information)

  2. Provide information to SDN M&C elements they would need to build and maintain network maps and equipment inventory (e.g., GPS location, device connectivity state)

Info: The information that BAA layer maintains is defined in the "bbf-obbaa-network-manager" YANG module located in the source code's “modules” directory.

Info: Example requests for a SDN M&C element to create, update, delete and retrieve AN instances is provided in the source code "example requests" directory.

Sending NETCONF requests from a SDN M&C element to an AN Instance

In order for a SDN M&C element to send a request to an AN Instance, the SDN M&C has to obtain the credentials used by the BAA layer. These credentials are located in the docker-compose.yml file.

version: '2'
image: baa
container_name: baa
restart: always
- "8080:8080"
- "5005:5005"
- "9292:9292" <---NBI Netconf server SSH port.
- JAVA_OPTS=-Xdebug -Xrunjdwp:transport=dt_socket,server=y,suspend=n,address=5005
- BAA_USER=admin NBI Netconf server SSH username.
- BAA_USER_PASSWORD=password <---NBI Netconf server SSH password.

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