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The resources that are managed by the Network Control API are as follows:

The broadcast controller is responsible for uniquely identifying the endpoint connected to the network to authorize it. The objective of the endpoint authorization is that no endpoint is allowed to send or receive any packet and no packet moves on the network without authorization. The broadcast controller tells the network controller through the API, which endpoint is allowed to send and which endpoint is allowed to receive. It also registers the flow, the flow bandwidth and the DSCP-based QoS tag to be used with the flow. More details can be found in the following sections.

Class Diagram

There can be multiple broadcast controllers managing a single network controller and likewise, there can be multiple network controllers managed by the same broadcast controller. In the case of multiple broadcast controllers managing a single network controller, this specification, only supports the basic model. This means that there is no separation between the broadcast controllers. In other words, if a broadcast controller A registers an endpoint SS, then a broadcast controller B can retrieve, modify and delete that endpoint SS.

Identifier Persistence & Generation

Persistent identity helps to ensure that users’ expectations meet with reality. For example, if a network device is switched off and back on, the user would expect it to return with the same configuration. This can only be managed if the identifiers used by the network controller and its clients remain the same.

UUIDs are used throughout the data model, and can be generated in a number of ways (including from hardware addresses) in order to achieve consistent behaviour (see RFC 4122).

Endpoint

The chassis_id, port_id and ip_address parameters together may be used to generate a persistent, unique id for an Endpoint.

Note that if there are multiple IP addresses associated with a single physical endpoint then it must be modelled as multiple virtual endpoints each with a unique IP address.

Network Flow

The multicast_address and sender_endpoint_id parameters together may be used to generate a persistent, unique id for a Network Flow.

Network Device

The chassis_id parameter may be used to generate a persistent, unique id for a Network Device.

The chassis_id and port_id of the peers may be used to generate a persistent, unique id for a Network Link.

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