Considerations for Benchmarking Network Virtualization Platforms
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        BMWG                                                                 S. Kommu
        Internet-Draft                                                         VMware   
        Intended status: Informational                                        J. Rapp
        Expires: Sep 2019                                                      VMware
                                                                         Mar 11, 2019

                Considerations for Benchmarking Network Virtualization Platforms
                                          draft-skommu-bmwg-nvp-03.txt

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        Internet-Draft              NVP Benchmarking Considerations                              March 2019

        Abstract

             Current network benchmarking methodologies are focused on physical
             networking components and do not consider the actual application
             layer traffic patterns and hence do not reflect the traffic that
             virtual networking components work with when using network
             virtualization overlays (NVO3).  The purpose of this document is to
             distinguish and highlight benchmarking considerations when testing
             and evaluating virtual networking components in the data center.
             

        Table of Contents

             1. Introduction .................................................. 3
             2. Conventions used in this document ............................. 4
             3. Definitions ................................................... 4
                 3.1. System Under Test (SUT) ................................. 4
                 3.2. Network Virtualization Platform ......................... 5
                 3.3. Microservices ........................................... 6
             4. Scope ......................................................... 7
                     4.1.1. Scenario 1 ........................................ 7
                     4.1.2. Scenario 2 ........................................ 7
                     4.1.3. Learning .......................................... 7
                     4.1.4. Flow Optimization ................................. 7
                     4.1.5. Out of scope ...................................... 7
                 4.2. Virtual Networking for Datacenter Applications .......... 8
                 4.3. Interaction with Physical Devices ....................... 8
             5. NVP Benchmarking Considerations ............................... 9
                 5.1. Learning ............................................... 12
                 5.2. Traffic Flow Optimizations ............................. 12
                     5.2.1. Fast Path ........................................ 12
                     5.2.2. Dedicated cores / Co-processors .................. 12
                     5.2.3. Prioritizing and de-prioritizing active flows .... 13
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