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RTFM: Applicability Statement (RFC2721)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000003316D
Original Publication Date: 1999-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-13
Document File: 8 page(s) / 20K

Publishing Venue

Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

N. Brownlee: AUTHOR

Abstract

This document provides an overview covering all aspects of Realtime Traffic Flow Measurement, including its area of applicability and its limitations.

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Network Working Group N. Brownlee

Request for Comments: 2721 The University of Auckland

Category: Informational October 1999

RTFM: Applicability Statement

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.

Abstract

This document provides an overview covering all aspects of Realtime

Traffic Flow Measurement, including its area of applicability and its

limitations.

Table of Contents

1 The RTFM Documents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

2 Brief Technical Specification (TS) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

3 Applicability Statement (AS) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

4 Limitations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

5 Security Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

6 Policy Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

7 Soundness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

8 Appendix A: WG Report on the Meter MIB . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

9 References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

10 Author's Address . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

11 Full Copyright Statement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

1 The RTFM Documents

The RTFM Traffic Measurement System has been developed by the

Realtime Traffic Flow Measurement Working Group. It is described in

six other documents, as follows:

[ACT-BKG] Internet Accounting: Background (Informational)

Sets out the requirements for a usage reporting system for network

traffic. Sketches out the RTFM Architecture (meters, meter

readers and managers) allowing for multiple meters and meter

readers, with asynchronous reading from the meters. Proposes

methods of classifying traffic flows, the need for flows to be

bi-directional (with separate sets of counters for each direction)

and the need for each packet to be counted in a single flow (the '

count in one bucket' principle).

[RTFM-ARC] RTFM Architecture (Informational)

Defines the RTFM Architecture, giving descriptions of each

component. Explains how traffic flows are viewed as logical

entities described in terms of their address-attribute values, so

that each is defined by the attributes of its end-points. Gives a

detailed description of the RTFM traffic meter, with full details

of how flows are stored in the meter's flow table, and how packets

are matched in accordance with rules stored in a ruleset.

[RTFM-MIB] RTFM Meter MIB (Proposed Standard)

Describes the SNMP Management Information Base for an RTFM meter,

including its flow table,...