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Guidelines for Considering New Performance Metric Development
RFC 6390

Document type: RFC - Best Current Practice (October 2011; No errata)
Also Known As BCP 170
Document stream: IETF
Last updated: 2013-03-02
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IETF State: WG Document
Consensus: Unknown
Document shepherd: No shepherd assigned

IESG State: RFC 6390 (Best Current Practice)
Responsible AD: Dan Romascanu
Send notices to: pmol-chairs@tools.ietf.org, draft-ietf-pmol-metrics-framework@tools.ietf.org

Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)                          A. Clark
Request for Comments: 6390                         Telchemy Incorporated
BCP: 170                                                       B. Claise
Category: Best Current Practice                      Cisco Systems, Inc.
ISSN: 2070-1721                                             October 2011

     Guidelines for Considering New Performance Metric Development

Abstract

   This document describes a framework and a process for developing
   Performance Metrics of protocols and applications transported over
   IETF-specified protocols.  These metrics can be used to characterize
   traffic on live networks and services.

Status of This Memo

   This memo documents an Internet Best Current Practice.

   This document is a product of the Internet Engineering Task Force
   (IETF).  It represents the consensus of the IETF community.  It has
   received public review and has been approved for publication by the
   Internet Engineering Steering Group (IESG).  Further information on
   BCPs is available in Section 2 of RFC 5741.

   Information about the current status of this document, any errata,
   and how to provide feedback on it may be obtained at
   http://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc6390.

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Clark & Claise            Best Current Practice                 [Page 1]
RFC 6390             Guidelines Perf. Metric Devel.         October 2011

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Clark & Claise            Best Current Practice                 [Page 2]
RFC 6390             Guidelines Perf. Metric Devel.         October 2011

Table of Contents

   1. Introduction ....................................................4
      1.1. Background and Motivation ..................................4
      1.2. Organization of This Document ..............................5
   2. Terminology .....................................................5
      2.1. Requirements Language ......................................5
      2.2. Performance Metrics Directorate ............................5
      2.3. Quality of Service .........................................5
      2.4. Quality of Experience ......................................6
      2.5. Performance Metric .........................................6
   3. Purpose and Scope ...............................................6
   4. Relationship between QoS, QoE, and Application-Specific
      Performance Metrics .............................................7
   5. Performance Metrics Development .................................7
      5.1. Identifying and Categorizing the Audience ..................7
      5.2. Definitions of a Performance Metric ........................8
      5.3. Computed Performance Metrics ...............................9
           5.3.1. Composed Performance Metrics ........................9
           5.3.2. Index ..............................................10
      5.4. Performance Metric Specification ..........................10
           5.4.1. Outline ............................................10
           5.4.2. Normative Parts of Performance Metric Definition ...11
           5.4.3. Informative Parts of Performance Metric
                  Definition .........................................13
           5.4.4. Performance Metric Definition Template .............14
           5.4.5. Example: Loss Rate .................................15

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