Clamp in ONAP ArchitectureΒΆ

CLAMP is a platform for designing and managing control loops. It is used to visualize a control loop, configure it with specific parameters for a particular network service, then deploying and undeploying it. Once deployed, the user can also update the loop with new parameters during runtime, as well as suspending and restarting it.

It interacts with other systems to deploy and execute the control loop. For example, it extracts the control loop blueprint and Policy Model(Model Driven Control Loop) from CSAR distributed by SDC/DCAE-DS. It requests from DCAE the instantiation of microservices to manage the control loop flow. Furthermore, it creates and updates multiple policies (for DCAE mS configuration and actual Control Operations) in the Policy Engine that define the closed loop flow.

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The ONAP CLAMP platform abstracts the details of these systems under the concept of a control loop model. The design of a control loop and its management is represented by a workflow in which all relevant system interactions take place. This is essential for a self-service model of creating and managing control loops, where no low-level user interaction with other components is required.

CLAMP also allows to visualize control loop metrics through a dashboard, in order to help operations understand how and when a control loop is triggered and takes action.

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At a higher level, CLAMP is about supporting and managing the broad operational life cycle of VNFs/VMs and ultimately ONAP components itself. It will offer the ability to design, test, deploy and update control loop automation - both closed and open. Automating these functions would represent a significant saving on operational costs compared to traditional methods.

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