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Internet Accounting: Background (RFC1272)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000002091D
Original Publication Date: 1991-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-12
Document File: 16 page(s) / 44K

Publishing Venue

Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

C. Mills: AUTHOR [+2]


Status of this Memo

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Network Working Group C. Mills

Request for Comments: 1272 BBN

D. Hirsh

Meridian Technology Corporation

G. Ruth


November 1991


Status of this Memo

This memo provides information for the Internet community. It does

not specify an Internet standard. Distribution of this memo is


1. Statement of Purpose

This document provides background information for the "Internet

Accounting Architecture" and is the first of a three document set:

Internet Accounting Background & Status (this document)

Internet Accounting Architecture (under construction)

Internet Accounting Meter Service (under construction)

The focus at this time is on defining METER SERVICES and USAGE

REPORTING which provide basic semantics for measuring network

utilization, a syntax, and a data reporting protocol. The intent is

to produce a set of standards that is of practical use for early

experimentation with usage reporting as an internet accounting


The architecture should be expandable as additional experience is

gained. The short-term Internet Accounting solution is intended to

merge with OSI and Autonomous Network Research Group (ANRG) efforts

and be superseded by those efforts in the long term. The OSI

accounting working groups are currently defining meter syntax and

reporting protocols. The ANRG research group is currently

researching economic models and accounting tools for the Internet


Internet Accounting as described here does not wrestle with the

applications of usage reporting, such as monitoring and enforcing

network policy; nor does it recommend approaches to billing or tackle

such thorny issues as who pays for packet retransmission.

This document provides background and tutorial information on issues

surrounding the architecture, or in a sense, an explanation of

choices made in the Internet Accounting Architecture.

2. Goals for a Usage Reporting Architecture

We have adopted the accounting framework and terminology used by OSI

(ISO 7498-4 OSI Reference Model Part 4: Management Framework). This

framework defines a generalized accounting management activity which

includes calculations, usage reporting ...