Practical Automation for Management Planes of Service Provider Infrastructure

Bingzhe Liu, Kuan Yen Chou, Pramod Jamkhedkar, Bilal Anwer, Rakesh K. Sinha, Kostas Oikonomou, Matthew Caesar, P. Brighten Godfrey

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Abstract

Managing service provider infrastructures (SPI) is ever more challenging with increasing scale and complexity. Network and container orchestration systems alleviate some manual tasks, but they are generally narrow solutions, with controllers for specific subsystems that do not coordinate on high-level goals, and fall far short of automating the full range of tasks that engineers face day to day. We seek to highlight the need for "practical automation"to manage SPIs. Via realistic examples, we argue that practical automation should provide cross-controller coordination, and should work within the reality that many tasks will involve humans. We describe a proof-of-concept system that leverages AI planning to synthesize management steps to move the system towards a goal state. A preliminary implementation shows that our approach can accurately generate plans for complex management tasks, while scalability and modeling diverse controllers remain as future challenges.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationFlexNets 2021 - Proceedings of the 4th FlexNets Workshop on Flexible Networks, Artificial Intelligence Supported Network Flexibility and Agility, Part of SIGCOMM 2021
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Pages7-13
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781450386340
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 23 2021
Externally publishedYes
Event4th Workshop on Flexible Networks: Artificial Intelligence Supported Network Flexibility and Agility, FlexNets 2021 - Part of SIGCOMM 2021 - Virtual, Online, United States
Duration: Aug 23 2021 → …

Publication series

NameFlexNets 2021 - Proceedings of the 4th FlexNets Workshop on Flexible Networks, Artificial Intelligence Supported Network Flexibility and Agility, Part of SIGCOMM 2021

Conference

Conference4th Workshop on Flexible Networks: Artificial Intelligence Supported Network Flexibility and Agility, FlexNets 2021 - Part of SIGCOMM 2021
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityVirtual, Online
Period8/23/21 → …

Keywords

  • intent-based networking
  • planning and synthesis
  • practical automation
  • service infrastructure management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Hardware and Architecture

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