I2BN: Intelligent Intent Based Networks





Intent, I2BN, network and service automation, network intelligence, ZSM


Intent based network management reduces the complexity of network programming from a growing set of deeply technical APIs to context-free high-level objectives that the network should autonomously achieve and keep. The practical implementation of an intent based network requires substantial automation technology embedded in the network. Automation should cover the entire lifecycle of intents, from their ingestion to fulfillment and assurance. This article investigates the feasibility of automatically assembling interworking implementation units into intent specific automation pipelines, where units are reusable self-learning closed loop micro-services with self-declared capabilities. Each closed loop may gain knowledge and respond to dynamically changing network conditions, thereby enabling network autonomy in reaching the declared intent objectives. The human-network intent interface for expressing intents is proposed to be based on the aggregation of the deployed network and service automation capabilities, rather than a formalism decoupled from the actual network implementation. This principle removes the ambiguity and compatibility gap between human intent definition and machine intent fulfillment, while retaining the flexibility and extendibility of the intents offered by any specific system via onboarding additional micro-services with novel capabilities. The concepts discussed by the article fit into the architecture and closed loop work items already defined by ETSI ZSM and provides considerations towards new areas such as intent driven autonomous networks and enablers for automation.


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Author Biography

Péter Szilágyi, Nokia Bell Labs, Budapest, Hungary

Péter Szilágyi received an M.Sc. degree in Software Engineering from the Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME), Hungary, in 2009. He is a senior research engineer and DMTS at Nokia Bell Labs. His research history includes telecommunications and software, artificial intelligence, data analytics, 5G and verticals, connected vehicles, end-to-end system engineering and rapid prototyping. He has more than 40 patents and 25 publications in book chapters, journals and conferences.


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How to Cite

Szilágyi, P. (2021). I2BN: Intelligent Intent Based Networks. Journal of ICT Standardization, 9(2), 159–200. https://doi.org/10.13052/jicts2245-800X.926



Special Issue on Zero-touch Network and Service Automation (ZSM)