Version 10 (modified by Aaron Helsinger, 10 years ago) (diff)


GENI Aggregate Manager API Outstanding Issues

The GENI Aggregate Manager API allows aggregates to advertise resources and to allocate resources to Slices in the form of Slivers.

This page lists un-specified areas of the API, known problems, or gaps.

See Also:

Overall Issues

  1. Missing RSpec extension definition for specifying the operational states and methods supported by an aggregate / resource type
  2. No way to modify a reservation at an aggregate for a slice without deleting and recreating it
  3. Tickets
  4. Define privileges required for each operation
    • But see the ABAC proposal and DRAFT proposal L
  5. Clarify use of error codes, possibly add more detailed codes
    • Proposal: Add more specific error codes for credential issues, specific bad argument cases
18 MISSINGARGS "Required argument(s) missing"
19 OUTOFRANGE "Requested expiration time or other argument not valid"
20 CREDENTIAL_INVALID "Not authorized: Supplied credential is invalid"
21 CREDENTIAL_EXPIRED "Not authorized: Supplied credential expired"
22 CREDENTIAL_MISMATCH "Not authorized: Supplied credential does not match the supplied client certificate or does not match the given slice URN"
23 CREDENTIAL_SIGNER_UNTRUSTED "Not authorized: Supplied credential not signed by trusted authority"
  • What error code should be used for a bad RSpec version requested or used? (In ListResources and Allocate, be consistent)
    • 1=BADARGS, 4=BADVERSION, or 13=UNSUPPORTED? 4 seems appropriate, but maybe the semantics of BADVERSION are something else. PG does 1
      • Proposal: BADVERSION
  • What error code should be used for various 'nothing found' cases? (Be consistent across ListResources, Delete, Status, Shutdown, Renew, etc.)
    • There never was such a slice here
      • Proposal: Should be same as deleted.
    • That slice was here but expired
      • Proposal: EXPIRED
    • That slice was here but is empty
    • That slice was here but was deleted
      • Proposal: Should be same as 'was never here'.
    • That slice was here but was shutdown
  1. Should am_type and the RSpec type and prefixes for new options, etc be the same?
    • Should the RSpec type fields be the am_type values defined for return codes?
      • Remove 'openflow' as unused here?
      • Should it be 'sfa' or 'planetlab'?
    • We say that implementations should name new options or returns to avoid naming conflicts. Should we specify that prefixes are registered?
      • Should the prefixes be the am_type values
    • Proposal: Yes to all the above
  2. We do not define the semantics of supplying a list of credentials: are they additive to accumulate privileges? Or must 1 credential supply all needed privileges?
  3. Operations that return false: what does that really mean? Not an error but ???

GetVersion Issues

  1. Are clients required to supply a valid/trusted certificate? IE must servers authenticate users? PL currently does not do this.
  2. schema and namespace fields in the RSpec versions return elements are marked as optional, but included in minimal examples. Should the fields be required but values are optional? Or is it legal for an AM to not include those tags at all?

ListResources Issues

  1. Since v1 we have said that if there are no resources attached to this slice at the aggregate, an empty RSpec should be returned. Do all AMs do this?
    • Or should we change this to use an error code, more clearly distinguishing between errors, successfully reserving nothing, etc?
  2. PG uses BADARGS instead of BADVERSION. OK?
    • Proposal: Change to BADVERSION
    • Proposal: probably - up to them

Describe Issues

  1. Is the manifest RSpec required to be static, and always the same as that originally returned by CreateSliver? Or might it change as AM-internal state changes?

Delete Issues

  1. What happens to resources if your credential expires? Does the AM delete them for you?
    • Proposal: AM deletes them for you - de-allocates the resources. (Required? Or may?)
  2. If there was never a slice here, or you already deleted your resources at this AM, what does the AM return?
    • Proposal: True, indicating all resources (none) have been freed.

Status Issues

See changes proposed for version 3 which address these.

  1. Further specify what kinds of things go in specific geni_resources
  2. Further specify what kinds of things this method might optionally additionally include and still be consistent with the intent

Renew Issues

  1. Specify the behavior if you fail to renew and the reservation expires
    • Proposal: AM deletes the reservation, de-allocates the resources. (Required? May?)
  2. Specify the behavior if you try to renew past the life of your credential(s).
    • Proposal: Fails with OUTOFRANGE
  3. Specify the behavior if there are no local resources in that slice
  4. Is it legal to try to 'renew' your sliver until earlier than the previous expiration time, shortening your reservation? Some aggregates at least allow this now.
    • Proposal: This is legal. Aggregates should support this, but that support is not required.

Shutdown Issues

  1. What is the state of resources after this? Startable? Is there a procedure for this?
    • Proposal: Not restartable, not de-commissioned, not reservable, not accessible by the experimenters
    • See proposals for version 3
  2. What happens if you call this twice?
  3. What happens if the slice has nothing local?