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IMIX Genome: Specification of Variable Packet Sizes for Additional Testing (RFC6985) Disclosure Number: IPCOM000229302D
Original Publication Date: 2013-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2013-Jul-19
Document File: 20 page(s) / 20K

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A. Morton: AUTHOR


This memo defines a method to unambiguously specify the sequence of packet sizes used in a load test.

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Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)                         A. Morton Request for Comments: 6985                                     AT&T Labs Category: Informational                                        July 2013 ISSN: 2070-1721

           IMIX Genome: Specification of Variable Packet Sizes                          for Additional Testing


   Benchmarking methodologies have always relied on test conditions with

   constant packet sizes, with the goal of understanding what network

   device capability has been tested.  Tests with a constant packet size

   reveal device capabilities but differ significantly from the

   conditions encountered in operational deployment, so additional tests

   are sometimes conducted with a mixture of packet sizes, or "IMIX"

   ("Internet Mix").  The mixture of sizes a networking device will

   encounter is highly variable and depends on many factors.  An IMIX

   suited for one networking device and deployment will not be

   appropriate for another.  However, the mix of sizes may be known, and

   the tester may be asked to augment the fixed-size tests.  To address

   this need and the perpetual goal of specifying repeatable test

   conditions, this document defines a way to specify the exact

   repeating sequence of packet sizes from the usual set of fixed sizes

   and from other forms of mixed-size specification.

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 5741.

   Information about the current status of this document, any errata,    and how to provide feedback on it may be obtained at

Morton                        Informational                     [Page 1]
 RFC 6985                       IMIX Genome                     July 2013

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