Data Center Benchmarking Terminology
RFC 8238

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Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)                        L. Avramov
Request for Comments: 8238                                        Google
Category: Informational                                          J. Rapp
ISSN: 2070-1721                                                   VMware
                                                             August 2017

                  Data Center Benchmarking Terminology

Abstract

   The purposes of this informational document are to establish
   definitions and describe measurement techniques for data center
   benchmarking, as well as to introduce new terminology applicable to
   performance evaluations of data center network equipment.  This
   document establishes the important concepts for benchmarking network
   switches and routers in the data center and is a prerequisite for the
   test methodology document (RFC 8239).  Many of these terms and
   methods may be applicable to network equipment beyond the scope of
   this document as the technologies originally applied in the data
   center are deployed elsewhere.

Status of This Memo

   This document is not an Internet Standards Track specification; it is
   published for informational purposes.

   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).  Not all documents
   approved by the IESG are a candidate for any level of Internet
   Standard; see Section 2 of RFC 7841.

   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/rfc8238.

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Table of Contents

   1. Introduction ....................................................4
      1.1. Requirements Language ......................................5
      1.2. Definition Format ..........................................5
   2. Latency .........................................................5
      2.1. Definition .................................................5
      2.2. Discussion .................................................7
      2.3. Measurement Units ..........................................7
   3. Jitter ..........................................................8
      3.1. Definition .................................................8
      3.2. Discussion .................................................8
      3.3. Measurement Units ..........................................8
   4. Calibration of the Physical Layer ...............................9
      4.1. Definition .................................................9
      4.2. Discussion .................................................9
      4.3. Measurement Units ..........................................9
   5. Line Rate ......................................................10
      5.1. Definition ................................................10
      5.2. Discussion ................................................10
      5.3. Measurement Units .........................................11
   6. Buffering ......................................................12
      6.1. Buffer ....................................................12
           6.1.1. Definition .........................................12
           6.1.2. Discussion .........................................14
           6.1.3. Measurement Units ..................................14
      6.2. Incast ....................................................15
           6.2.1. Definition .........................................15
           6.2.2. Discussion .........................................15
           6.2.3. Measurement Units ..................................16
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