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RDCL 3D - RFB Description and Composition Languages Design, Deploy and Direct

RDCL 3D is a web framework for the design of NFV services and components. The framework allows editing, validating, visualizing the descriptors of services and components both textually and graphically.

The platform is designed with a modular approach, allowing developers to "plug in" the support for new models (project types). Currently supported project types are:

  • ETSI Release 2 NS and VNF descriptors
  • TOSCA Simple Profile for NFV
  • Click modular router configurations
  • Superfluidity-ETSI (ETSI R2 + Click)

A demo version of RDCL 3D is online here.

Please find below the instructions on how to install and run your version of RDCL 3D.

Documentation & publications

Documentation is available in the docs folder of this repository.

S. Salsano, F. Lombardo, C. Pisa, P. Greto, N. Blefari-Melazzi, “RDCL 3D, a Model Agnostic Web Framework for the Design and Composition of NFV Services”, 3rd IEEE International Workshop on Orchestration for Software Defined Infrastructures, O4SDI at IEEE NFV-SDN conference, Berlin, 6-8 November 2017 (pdf on Arxiv)


The mailing list is available for architecture and design discussions, requests for help, features request, bug reports...

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This work has been performed in the context of the project Superfluidity, which received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 671566.


Caveat: the code is released as an alpha version. Development is in progress, so you may expect bugs and frequent code refactorings. Use it at your own risk.

Docker installation

To build RDCL 3D:

  1. Clone the project from repository with ssh:

    $ git clone

or https:

$ git clone
  1. Build the image from the project's root directory:

    $ docker build -t rdcl3d -f code/docker/Dockerfile .

To launch RDCL 3D:

$ docker run -p8000:8000 --name rdcl3d0 rdcl3d

Manual Installation

See documentation for manual installation here

Start the web GUI

Open your browser and point it to http://localhost:8000 (if you have not changed the default IP and port)

Installation of deployers/agents

See documentation for the installation of deployers/agent here


Copyright 2017 CNIT - Consorzio Nazionale Interuniversitario per le Telecomunicazioni

Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License"); you may not use this file except in compliance with the License. You may obtain a copy of the License at

Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software distributed under the License is distributed on an "AS IS" BASIS, WITHOUT WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, either express or implied. See the License for the specific language governing permissions and limitations under the License.


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