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Considerations for Benchmarking Virtual Network Functions and Their Infrastructure (RFC8172)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000250542D
Original Publication Date: 2017-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2017-Aug-01
Document File: 30 page(s) / 36K

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Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

A. Morton: AUTHOR

Abstract

The Benchmarking Methodology Working Group (BMWG) has traditionally conducted laboratory characterization of dedicated physical implementations of internetworking functions (or physical network functions (PNFs)). The black-box benchmarks of throughput, latency, forwarding rates, and others have served our industry for many years. [RFC1242] and [RFC2544] are the cornerstones of the work.

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Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)                         A. Morton Request for Comments: 8172                                     AT&T Labs Category: Informational                                        July 2017 ISSN: 2070-1721

        Considerations for Benchmarking Virtual Network Functions                         and Their Infrastructure

Abstract

   The Benchmarking Methodology Working Group has traditionally    conducted laboratory characterization of dedicated physical    implementations of internetworking functions.  This memo investigates    additional considerations when network functions are virtualized and    performed in general-purpose hardware.

Status of This Memo

   This document is not an Internet Standards Track specification; it is    published for informational purposes.

   This document is a product of the Internet Engineering Task Force    (IETF).  It represents the consensus of the IETF community.  It has    received public review and has been approved for publication by the    Internet Engineering Steering Group (IESG).  Not all documents    approved by the IESG are a candidate for any level of Internet    Standard; see Section 2 of RFC 7841.

   Information about the current status of this document, any errata,    and how to provide feedback on it may be obtained at    http://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc8172.

Copyright Notice

   Copyright (c) 2017 IETF Trust and the persons identified as the    document authors.  All rights reserved.

   This document is subject to BCP 78 and the IETF Trust's Legal    Provisions Relating to IETF Documents    (http://trustee.ietf.org/license-info) in effect on the date of    publication of this document.  Please review these documents    carefully, as they describe your rights and restrictions with respect    to this document.  Code Components extracted from this document must    include Simplified BSD License text as described in Section 4.e of    the Trust Legal Provisions and are provided without warranty as    described in the Simplified BSD License.

 Morton                        Informational                     [Page 1]
 RFC 8172      Benchmarking VNFs and Related Infrastructure     July 2017

 Table of Contents

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

     1.1.  Requirements Language . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3

   2.  Scope . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4

   3.  Considerations for Hardware and Testing . . . . . . . . . . .   4

     3.1.  Hardware Components . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4

     3.2.  Configuration Parameters  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5

     3.3.  Testing Strategies ...