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Resource Allocation, Control, and Accounting for the Use of Network Resources (RFC1346) Disclosure Number: IPCOM000002170D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-12
Document File: 7 page(s) / 12K

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Network Working Group P. Jones

Request for Comments: 1346 Joint Network Team, UK

June 1992

Resource Allocation, Control, and Accounting

for the Use of Network Resources

Status of this Memo

This memo provides information for the Internet community. It does

not specify an Internet standard. Distribution of this memo is



This paper gives reasons for wanting better sharing mechanisms for

networks. It concludes that the challenge of sharing network

resources (and for example intercontinental link resources) between

groups of users is neither well understood, nor well catered for in

terms of tools for those responsible for managing the services. The

situation is compared with other fields, both inside and outside IT,

and examples are cited. Recommendations for further work are made.

The purpose of this RFC is to focus discussion on particular

challenges in large service networks in general, and the

International IP Internet in particular. No solution discussed in

this document is intended as a standard. Rather, it is hoped that a

general consensus will emerge as to the appropriate solutions,

leading eventually to the adoption of standards.

The structure of the paper is as follows:

1. Findings

2. Conclusions

3. Recommendations


Issues arising from contention in the use of networks are not

unusual. Once connectivity and reliability have been addressed to a

reasonable level, bandwidth becomes (or appears to become?) the main

issue. Usage appears to have a strong tendency to rise to fill the

resources available (fully in line with the principles of Parkinson's

Law). Line-speed upgrades have an effect, but with no guarantee of

permanently alleviating the problem. Line-speeds are increasing as

technology improves over time, but the variations on matters like

availability and funding are wide, and users remain avaricious.

Often the situation can appear worse than having to survive in a

jungle, in the sense that the strong (even if "good") seem to have

little advantage over the weak. It may seem that it is the

determined person rather than the important work that gets service.

Most people will have experienced poor service on an overloaded

network at some time. To help the end-users, it seems on the face of

it that one must help the IT Service Manager he relates to. Examples

relating to the relationship between the network manager and his

customers, IT Service Managers at institutions connecting to his

network, include the following:

(a) If the IT Service Manager finds his link to the Network Manager's

network overloaded, he may be offered a link upgrade, probably with a

cost estimate. He might prefer control mechanisms whereby he can say

that department X dese...