Data Center Benchmarking Methodology
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Internet Engineering Task Force                               L. Avramov
Internet-Draft, Intended status: Informational             Cisco Systems
Expires December 20, 2015                                        J. Rapp
June 18, 2015                                                     VMware

                  Data Center Benchmarking Methodology
                 draft-ietf-bmwg-dcbench-methodology-00

Abstract

   The purpose of this informational document is to establish test and
   evaluation methodology and measurement techniques for physical
   network equipment in the data center. 

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Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  3
     1.1.  Requirements Language  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  5
     1.2. Methodology format and repeatability recommendation . . . .  5
   2. Line Rate Testing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  5
     2.1 Objective  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  5
     2.2 Methodology  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  5
     2.3 Reporting Format . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  6
   3. Buffering Testing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  7
     3.1 Objective  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  7
     3.2 Methodology  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  7
     3.3 Reporting format . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
   4 Microburst Testing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
     4.1 Objective  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
     4.2 Methodology  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
     4.3 Reporting Format . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
   5. Head of Line Blocking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
     5.1 Objective  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
     5.2 Methodology  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
     5.3 Reporting Format . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
   6. Incast Stateful and Stateless Traffic . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
     6.1 Objective  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
     6.2 Methodology  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
     6.3 Reporting Format . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
   7.  References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
     7.1.  Normative References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
     7.2.  Informative References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
     7.3.  URL References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
   Authors' Addresses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

1.  Introduction

   Traffic patterns in the data center are not uniform and are
   constantly changing. They are dictated by the nature and variety of
   applications utilized in the data center. It can be largely east-west
   traffic flows in one data center and north-south in another, while
   some may combine both. Traffic patterns can be bursty in nature and
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