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Subject: Re: Two Comments on Negotiation Draft (high level)

Some thoughts within.



Martin W. Sachs
IBM T. J. Watson Research Center
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Yorktown Hts, NY 10598
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Notes address:  Martin W Sachs/Watson/IBM
Internet address:  mwsachs @ us.ibm.com

Dale Moberg <dmoberg@cyclonecommerce.com> on 08/28/2001 01:07:04 PM

To:   Martin W Sachs/Watson/IBM@IBMUS
cc:   "CPPA (E-mail)" <ebxml-cppa@lists.oasis-open.org>
Subject:  Two Comments on Negotiation Draft (high level)

Goals section:

1. If we have the goal of extending our work
to web services, then I think under section
1.1 High-Level requirements, we should
also include a bullet on automated composition
from a CPA template. The reason for this is
that in web services, we do not have the
pure peer-to-peer collaboration scenario
that the CPP composition process is to treat.
A publicized web service is really just
saying: "This is what I do and this is
how you can access this service." At most there
might be some flexibility in user identity,
possibly some security related credential matters,
and maybe some customized resource allocations--
and all these items seem to be handled easily
by the template value substitution process
rather than the matching
of capabilities. It is possible that
eventually web services
might have multiple endpoints, variable
packaging and security options, and at
that level of complexity, the CPP to CPA
formation process would be needed. At any rate,
and possibly independently of whether web services
are to be in scope, we should add CPA template
substitution in the high-level requirements process.

MWS:  I agree with all of this but I am not clear on what
automated composition means in this 1-sided case. Let's
say that a service provider advertises a CPA template.
What does the service consumer's input to the composition
process look like?  Is
it a CPP, another CPA template, or is the service consumer
really just filling in the blanks in the service provider's
CPA template with an editing tool?

High-Level Requirements

I think the bootstrap issues for Negotiation need
to be taken very seriously and that we reach agreement
on just how lightweight the negotiation process can be.

For example, while I think we should have repository
access of CPPs allowed, I do not think it should be required.
If so, should we require that there always be CPP access via a UDDI
CPP provider service? In other words, it might be pretty easy to GET
a CPP via a URL endpoint found in a UDDI registry or obtained over
the phone. I think that what should be mandatory for negotiation
are only the lightest commitment configurations and functions.
(like HTTP GET of a CPP from a URL either gotten out of band
or from a registry). Likewise, the negotiation process should be
as light as we can get by with-- possibly just POST the candidate
CPA to a URL (obtained from a registry or out of band).

This is a fairly extreme minimalism in terms of what functionality
is required get CPPs (CPA templates, see above) and to propose
a CPA. Where this gets tricky is in response to a proposed
CPA that has been posted. Synch response is the least commitment
in that an agreed upon return URL does not need to be known.

So, in summary, I would like us to consider at the requirement
stage just how minimalistic we can make the software capability
prerequisites for engaging in CPA negotiation. I think we should
aspire to a minimalistic prerequisite set, and note that as a
requirement. Maybe this is just a KISS endorsement!

MWS:  I agree that we should strive for a minimalist design at
least for the first version.  I will distill something from these
points when I update the draft.

MWS:  The most minimalist approach is to decide that the discovery
process is out of scope.  Then the process begins with two CPPs (or
a CPA template from one party and some TBD input from the other party)
whose origins are not specified. Probably this is too minimalist.
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