Sorry for jumping into this thread late...there's lots of details to
process, and I needed time to digest!

Having said that, I'd like to recap before moving the discussion forward,
at the Summit and beyond.

As it's being pointed out, there are a few efforts targeting this area; I
think that is sensible to adopt the latest spec system we have been using
to understand where we are, and I mean Gerrit and the spec submissions.

To this aim I see the following specs: - Service API for L2 bridging
tenants/provider networks - API Extension for l2-gateway - VLAN aware VMs - VLAN trunking networks for NFV

First of all: did I miss any? I am intentionally leaving out any vendor
specific blueprint for now.

When I look at these I clearly see that we jump all the way to
implementations details. From an architectural point of view, this clearly
does not make a lot of sense.

In order to ensure that everyone is on the same page, I would suggest to
have a discussion where we focus on the following aspects:

- Identify the use cases: what are, in simple terms, the possible
interactions that an actor (i.e. the tenant or the admin) can have with the
system (an OpenStack deployment), when these NFV-enabling capabilities are
available? What are the observed outcomes once these interactions have
taken place?

-  Management API: what abstractions do we expose to the tenant or admin
(do we augment the existing resources, or do we create new resources, or do
we do both)? This should obviously driven by a set of use cases, and we
need to identify the minimum set or logical artifacts that would let us
meet the needs of the widest set of use cases.

- Core Neutron changes: what needs to happen to the core of Neutron, if
anything, so that we can implement this NFV-enabling constructs
successfully? Are there any changes to the core L2 API? Are there any
changes required to the core framework (scheduling, policy, notifications,
data model etc)?

- Add support to the existing plugin backends: the openvswitch reference
implementation is an obvious candidate, but other plugins may want to
leverage the newly defined capabilities too. Once the above mentioned
points have been fleshed out, it should be fairly straightforward to have
these efforts progress in autonomy.

IMO, until we can get a full understanding of the aspects above, I don't
believe like the core team is in the best position to determine the best
approach forward; I think it's in everyone's interest in making sure that
something cohesive comes out of this; the worst possible outcome is no
progress at all, or even worse, some frankenstein system that no-one really
know what it does, or how it can be used.

I will go over the specs one more time in order to identify some answers to
my points above. I hope someone can help me through the process.

Many thanks,
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