LS - Harmonization of IP Capacity and Latency Parameters: Revision of Draft Rec. Y.1540 on IP packet transfer performance parameters and New Annex A with Lab Evaluation Plan
|From Contact||Judit Kiss|
IP Performance Measurement Discussion List
|Response Contact||A. C. Morton|
|Deadline||2019-05-01 Action Needed|
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Reply to ITU-T SG12 LS - Harmonization of IP Capacity and Latency
As an update to our communications from the Q17/12 Interim meeting (Darmstadt, 16-17 October 2018) and the Geneva, 27 November - 6 December 2018 meeting with the full SG12, we now share further results from the Q17/12 Interim meeting (Berlin, 5-7 March 2019). We have completed nearly all planned tests using the Phase 1 Laboratory test bed that supports development our revised Rec. Y.1540 and new Annex A/Y.1540 specifications of IP Capacity and Latency methods of measurement. We have compared several existing measurement methods based on TCP and UDP transport. The Phase 2 Network tests are just starting now. We continue to invite interested parties to join the testing efforts, and to coordinate on the development of a new generation of harmonized specifications of IP Capacity performance metrics and methods of measurement, and other key performance parameters. Our key results and current findings from the Berlin meeting are: • The text of the IP Capacity definition and Methods of measurement, and the Phase 1 and Phase 2 sections of the test and evaluation plan were edited and agreed during the meeting. In the agreed text, the Phase 2 study will be carried-out in production networks, and lab networks if they are made available in a timely fashion. This material constitutes revisions to Y.1540 sections and the new ANNEX A/Y.1540. The meeting agreed to seek Consent on this material in May, 2018. • The meeting agreed to prepare the Preliminary Test Summary (presented for the first time at this meeting) as a new informative APPENDIX to Y.1540, to provide the supporting test data for the conclusions represented as requirements in the body and Annex A. • Even without correction factors, the UDP measurements are considerably closer to the calibrated shaper rate than TCP, despite using the most favourable circumstances for TCP (no added delay or background traffic). With correction for headers that are viewed by the traffic shaper, UDP measurements using iPerf 2 are within 200ppm of the configured shaper rate. UDP-based measurements are the benchmark for capacity, accurately assessing the “ground truth” of the traffic shaper rate under all tested conditions. • TCP measurements using iPerf2 underestimate the shaper rate with or without correction factors. Typical round-trip delay and the presence of competing/background traffic tend to make TCP-based estimates of available capacity appreciably worse. • Another contribution updated the overall academic Survey, adding material to one section on WiFi performance and one new section Encrypted stream Network QoS parameters and their relationship to QoE. Both topics introduce a set of KPIs/metrics prioritized through machine learning, and models of QoE. The relevance to active testing includes the possible additional metrics collected, or input for stream design. • It is clear from the surveys presented that Internet subscriber use of TCP protocol is declining. Video and browser traffic has been shifting to UDP and higher-layer reliability mechanisms for years, with the most significant growth in 2018 due to CDN adoption. • There was a demonstration of a new prototype measurement tool that makes UDP-based Capacity, Latency, and Loss measurements while searching for the peak Capacity that can be supported on the tested path. The meeting provided useful feedback for the developer. Q17/12 and collaborating SDOs have covered many new areas of investigation, and are approaching the point where development of coordinated specifications can proceed. All group members continue to seek additional SDO and individual support, participation and/or constructive review, so that together, we can proceed toward the next generation of IP performance metrics. Attachments: – SG12-TD775 with revised Y.1540 clauses and new Y.1540 Annex A; – SG12-TD776 with new Y.1540 Appendix, Phase 1 Test Summary.