RFC 2544 Applicability Statement: Use on Production Networks Considered Harmful
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Network Working Group                                         S. Bradner
Internet-Draft                                        Harvard University
Updates: 2544 (if approved)                                    K. Dubray
Intended status: Informational                          Juniper Networks
Expires: March 8, 2013                                        J. McQuaid
                                                            Turnip Video
                                                               A. Morton
                                                               AT&T Labs
                                                       September 4, 2012

                   RFC 2544 Applicability Statement: 
             Use on Production Networks Considered Harmful
                       draft-ietf-bmwg-2544-as-06

Abstract

   Benchmarking Methodology Working Group (BMWG) has been developing key
   performance metrics and laboratory test methods since 1990, and
   continues this work at present.  The methods described in RFC 2544
   are intended to generate traffic that overloads network device
   resources in order to assess their capacity.  Overload of shared
   resources would likely be harmful to user traffic performance on a
   production network, and there are further negative consequences
   identified with production application of the methods.  This memo
   clarifies the scope of RFC 2544 and other IETF BMWG benchmarking work
   for isolated test environments only, and encourages new standards
   activity for measurement methods applicable outside that scope.

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Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
     1.1.  Requirements Language . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
   2.  Scope and Goals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
   3.  The Concept of an Isolated Test Environment . . . . . . . . . . 4
   4.  Why RFC 2544 Methods are intended only for ITE  . . . . . . . . 4
     4.1.  Experimental Control and Accuracy . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
     4.2.  Containing Damage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
   5.  Advisory on RFC 2544 Methods in Production Networks . . . . . . 5
   6.  Considering Performance Testing in Production Networks  . . . . 6
   7.  Security Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
   8.  IANA Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
   9.  Acknowledgements  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
   10. References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
     10.1. Normative References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
     10.2. Informative References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
   Authors' Addresses  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

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1.  Introduction

   This memo clarifies the scope and use of IETF Benchmarking
   Methodology Working Group (BMWG) tests including [RFC2544], which
   discusses and defines several tests that may be used to characterize
   the performance of a network interconnecting device.
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