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Benchmarking Methodology for Network Interconnect Devices (RFC2544)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000003130D
Original Publication Date: 1999-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-13
Document File: 24 page(s) / 62K

Publishing Venue

Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

S. Bradner: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

This document discusses and defines a number of tests that may be used to describe the performance characteristics of a network interconnecting device. In addition to defining the tests this document also describes specific formats for reporting the results of the tests. Appendix A lists the tests and conditions that we believe should be included for specific cases and gives additional information about testing practices. Appendix B is a reference listing of maximum frame rates to be used with specific frame sizes on various media and Appendix C gives some examples of frame formats to be used in testing.

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Network Working Group S. Bradner

Request for Comments: 2544 Harvard University

Obsoletes: 1944 J. McQuaid

Category: Informational NetScout Systems

March 1999

Benchmarking Methodology for Network Interconnect Devices

Status of this Memo

This memo provides information for the Internet community. It does

not specify an Internet standard of any kind. Distribution of this

memo is unlimited.

Copyright Notice

Copyright (C) The Internet Society (1999). All Rights Reserved.

IESG Note

This document is a republication of RFC 1944 correcting the values

for the IP addresses which were assigned to be used as the default

addresses for networking test equipment. (See section C.2.2 ). This

RFC replaces and obsoletes RFC 1944.

Abstract

This document discusses and defines a number of tests that may be

used to describe the performance characteristics of a network

interconnecting device. In addition to defining the tests this

document also describes specific formats for reporting the results of

the tests. Appendix A lists the tests and conditions that we believe

should be included for specific cases and gives additional

information about testing practices. Appendix B is a reference

listing of maximum frame rates to be used with specific frame sizes

on various media and Appendix C gives some examples of frame formats

to be used in testing.

1. Introduction

Vendors often engage in "specsmanship" in an attempt to give their

products a better position in the marketplace. This often involves

"smoke & mirrors" to confuse the potential users of the products.

This document defines a specific set of tests that vendors can use to

measure and report the performance characteristics of network

devices. The results of these tests will provide the user comparable

data from different vendors with which to evaluate these devices.

A previous document, "Benchmarking Terminology for Network

Interconnect Devices" (RFC 1242), defined many of the terms that are

used in this document. The terminology document should be consulted

before attempting to make use of this document.

2. Real world

In producing this document the authors attempted to keep in mind the

requirement that apparatus to perform the described tests must

actually be built. We do not know of "off the shelf" equipment

available to implement all of the tests but it is our opinion that

such equipment can ...