Design Service

The goal of the design process is to create all artifacts (models) that are required to instantiate and manage resources, services, and products on the ONAP platform. The design process requires input from users with multiple roles.

Design progresses logically through a series of phases. Each phase:

  • is organized into steps that are completed in sequence
  • is accessed using a different role with specific responsibilities generates artifacts that are used in other phases of design or when instantiating or monitoring virtual functions.

The following figure show the different phases and tools involved in Onboarding, Design and Distribution process.


The “Core” Design Process includes the following steps:

  • Pre-Onboarding
    A VNF/PNF Provider delivers VNF descriptor, model and artefacts (e.g. HEAT template), which will be validated and packaged for onboarding to ONAP
  • (Resource)-Onboarding
    In the SDC a License Model is created, the VNF/PNF package imported and a Vendor Software Product (VSP) is created
  • VF Creation and Testing
    A V(N)F, PNF or CR Model is created (a) import of a VSP or VFC (b) manual creation and import of artefacts created via external tools like the Controller Design Studio (CDS), responsible for the Controller Blueprint Design The created VF will pass a testing workflow to be used in a Service Model
  • Service Design
    A Service Model is created as a composition of resources (e.g. V(N)Fs, PNFs,…), Policies, Workflows,… The created Service Model will pass a testing workflow and handed over to a Governance Approval and Distribution process
  • Governance Approval and Distribution
    The Service Provider will have a specific set of policies and procedures for approving Services and deploying them in the Runtime Service Catalog

The optional/additional Design steps are:

  • VNF parameter assignment templating
    The objective is to automate the resolution of resources for instantiation and any config provisioning operation, such as day0, day1 or day2 configuration. The Controller Blueprint archive (CBA) is the overall service design, fully model-driven, intent based package needed to design self service provisioning and configuration management automation. ONAP CDS (Controller Design Studio) is the controller that will process the Controller Blueprint archive (CBA) at run-time.
  • Policy Design
    These are rules, conditions, requirements, constraints, attributes, or needs that must be provided, maintained, and/or enforced. At a lower level, Policy involves machine-readable rules enabling actions to be taken based on triggers or requests. ONAP Policy framework provides some policy models that are implemented and pre-loaded when installing ONAP.
  • VNF LifeCycle Command templating
    APPC Controller Design Tool (CDT) is used for self-service onboarding of VNF’s. VNF owners can create templates and other artifacts for APPC Configure command (used to apply a post-instantiation configuration) as well as other life cycle commands.
  • Workflow Design
    The purpose of the Workflow Designer is to enable designers to define or modify workflows to support Service/Resource change management scenarios executed by the Service Orchestrator.
  • Control Loop Design
    This phase includes the Design of a closed loop template and associate it to a Service. The template represents the theoretical flow of the CL. It generates a deployment artifact that can be ingested by the DCAE in order to create the needed DCAE microservices in runtime. The design is done in the SDC DCAE-DS (Design Studio). The DCAE Design Studio enables to define and configure the monitoring flows of DCAE. The configuration and deployment of a Control Loop will be done with Control Loop Automation Management (CLAMP) tool.

The follwing sections will focus on the different Design steps: