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Guidelines for Internet Measurement Activities (RFC1262) Disclosure Number: IPCOM000002080D
Original Publication Date: 1991-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-12
Document File: 3 page(s) / 6K

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Network Working Group Internet Activities Board

Request for Comments: 1262 Vinton G. Cerf/CNRI, Editor

October 1991

Guidelines for Internet Measurement Activities

Status of this Memo

This memo provides information for the Internet community. It does

not specify an Internet standard. Distribution of this memo is



Measurement of the Internet is critical for future development,

evolution and deployment planning. Internet-wide activities have the

potential to interfere with normal operation and must be planned with

care and made widely known beforehand. This document offers guidance

to researchers planning Internet measurements.

This RFC represents IAB guidance for researchers considering

measurement experiments on the Internet. This RFC does not represent

a standard for the Internet but the Internet Activities Board

strongly urges that Internet users follow the guidelines out of

courtesy and professional consideration for the Internet community.


The Internet has undergone dramatic growth in connectivity, use, and

quality of service over the past several years. As this growth

continues and the Internet is used for increasingly diverse and

demanding purposes, it is vital to collect data about a range of

functions, from low-level packet switching services to considerations

for the networking expectations of individual applications. Such

data is vital to research and engineering planning activities, as

well as to ensure the continued development of the operational

infrastructure. Yet, it is also important that data collection

activities do not interfere with the operational viability and

stability of the network, and do not violate considerations regarding

privacy, security, and acceptable use policies of the network. In

this light, the Internet Activities Board offers the following basic

guidelines for network measurement activities.

In general, any data collection activity should be undertaken with

professional consideration of its impact on the services and users of

the network, and activities should be planned to achieve operational

or research goals with minimal impact. In some cases, data may be

collected continuously, for example to measure packet counts or the

distribution of use of specific applications. In other cases, the

planned investigations will be too demanding to be undertaken

continuously, because of the intensity of effort required by the

researcher or the traffic load on the underlying ne...