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Benchmarking Methodology for Firewall Performance (RFC3511)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000012163D
Original Publication Date: 2003-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Apr-15
Document File: 35 page(s) / 68K

Publishing Venue

Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

B. Hickman: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

This document discusses and defines a number of tests that may be used to describe the performance characteristics of firewalls. In addition to defining the tests, this document also describes specific formats for reporting the results of the tests.

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Network Working Group                                         B. Hickman

Request for Comments: 3511                        Spirent Communications

Category: Informational                                        D. Newman

                                                            Network Test

                                                             S. Tadjudin

                                                  Spirent Communications

                                                               T. Martin

                                                     GVNW Consulting Inc

                                                              April 2003

           Benchmarking Methodology for Firewall Performance

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 (2003).  All Rights Reserved.

Abstract

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

   used to describe the performance characteristics of firewalls.  In

   addition to defining the tests, this document also describes specific

   formats for reporting the results of the tests.

   This document is a product of the Benchmarking Methodology Working

   Group (BMWG) of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF).

Table of Contents

   1. Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  2

   2. Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  2

   3. Scope  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  3

   4. Test setup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  3

      4.1 Test Considerations. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  4

      4.2 Virtual Client/Servers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  4

      4.3 Test Traffic Requirements. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  5

      4.4 DUT/SUT Traffic Flows. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  5

      4.5 Multiple Client/Server Testing . . . . . . . . . . . . .  5

      4.6 Network Address Translation (NAT). . . . . . . . . . . .  6

      4.7 Rule Sets. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  6

      4.8 Web Caching. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  6

      4.9 Authentication . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  7

Hickman, et al.              Informational                      [Page 1]

RFC 3511          Methodology for Firewall Performance      ®..