Data Center Benchmarking Methodology
RFC 8239

Document Type RFC - Informational (August 2017; No errata)
Last updated 2017-08-30
Replaces draft-bmwg-dcbench-methodology
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Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)                        L. Avramov
Request for Comments: 8239                                        Google
Category: Informational                                          J. Rapp
ISSN: 2070-1721                                                   VMware
                                                             August 2017

                  Data Center Benchmarking Methodology

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.  RFC 8238 is a prerequisite for
   this document, as it contains terminology that is considered
   normative.  Many of these terms and methods may be applicable 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/rfc8239.

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Table of Contents

   1. Introduction ....................................................3
      1.1. Requirements Language ......................................4
      1.2. Methodology Format and Repeatability Recommendation ........4
   2. Line-Rate Testing ...............................................4
      2.1. Objective ..................................................4
      2.2. Methodology ................................................4
      2.3. Reporting Format ...........................................5
   3. Buffering Testing ...............................................6
      3.1. Objective ..................................................6
      3.2. Methodology ................................................7
      3.3. Reporting Format ...........................................9
   4. Microburst Testing .............................................10
      4.1. Objective .................................................10
      4.2. Methodology ...............................................10
      4.3. Reporting Format ..........................................11
   5. Head-of-Line Blocking ..........................................12
      5.1. Objective .................................................12
      5.2. Methodology ...............................................12
      5.3. Reporting Format ..........................................14
   6. Incast Stateful and Stateless Traffic ..........................15
      6.1. Objective .................................................15
      6.2. Methodology ...............................................15
      6.3. Reporting Format ..........................................17
   7. Security Considerations ........................................17
   8. IANA Considerations ............................................17
   9. References .....................................................18
      9.1. Normative References ......................................18
      9.2. Informative References ....................................18
   Acknowledgments ...................................................19
   Authors' Addresses ................................................19

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