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Concluded WG Realtime Traffic Flow Measurement (rtfm)

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WG Name Realtime Traffic Flow Measurement
Acronym rtfm
Area Transport Area (tsv)
State Concluded
Charter charter-ietf-rtfm-01 Approved
Document dependencies
Additional resources Additional RTFM Information
Personnel Chairs Dr. Greg R. Ruth, Nevil Brownlee, Sigmund W. Handelman
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Final Charter for Working Group

This working group has three main objectives:

  • Consider current issues in traffic flow measurement, such as

  • Security issues relating to both traffic measuring devices
    and to the data they produce.

  • Policy issues relating to traffic measurement and usage
    accounting, for example any requirements these may place on
    emerging network protocols

  • Existing work in traffic flow measurement, including that of
    IETF Working Groups such as bmwg/ippm, rsvp and rmonmib, as
    well as that by vendors and independent researchers

  • Produce an improved Traffic Flow Model considering at least the
    following needs:

  • wider range of measurable quantities, e.g. those relating to
    IPv6, and to class of service

  • simpler ways to specify flows of interest
  • better ways to control access to measured flow data
  • strong focus on data reduction capabilities
  • efficient hardware implementation

  • Develop the RTFM Architecture and Meter MIB as 'standards track'
    documents with the IETF.


Date Milestone Associated documents
Dec 1997 Submit I-Ds on 'New Attributes' and 'Architecture' for consideration as Proposed Standards
Aug 1997 Publish revised 'Architecture' I-D to cover new attributes
Aug 1997 Publish revised and extended I-D on 'New Attributes'
Jul 1997 Submit Meter MIB I-D to IESG for consideration as Propsed
Mar 1997 Submit Implementation Internet-Draft to the IESG to be considered for publication as an RFC.
Nov 1996 Submit 'New Traffic Flow Model' to the IESG to be considered for publication as an RFC.
Nov 1996 Submit Implementation document as an Internet-Draft.
Jul 1996 Submit Internet-Draft on Flow Meter MIB.
Jul 1996 Submit 'New Traffic Flow Model' document as an Internet-Draft, and begin working on an implementation document.
Mar 1996 Produce outline for 'New Traffic Flow Model' document
Feb 1996 Submit set of revised Internet-Drafts and of RFC1272 to the IESG for considertation as Experimental Protocols.