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Flow Aggregation for the IP Flow Information Export (IPFIX) Protocol (RFC7015) Disclosure Number: IPCOM000230856D
Original Publication Date: 2013-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2013-Sep-17

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Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

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B. Trammell: AUTHOR [+2]


The assembly of packet data into Flows serves a variety of different purposes, as noted in the requirements [RFC3917] and applicability statement [RFC5472] for the IP Flow Information Export (IPFIX) protocol [RFC7011]. Aggregation beyond the Flow level, into records representing multiple Flows, is a common analysis and data reduction technique as well, with applicability to large-scale network data analysis, archiving, and inter-organization exchange. This applicability in large-scale situations, in particular, led to the inclusion of aggregation as part of the IPFIX Mediation Problem Statement [RFC5982], and the definition of an Intermediate Aggregation Process in the Mediator framework [RFC6183].

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Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)                       B. Trammell Request for Comments: 7015                                    ETH Zurich Category: Standards Track                                      A. Wagner ISSN: 2070-1721                                              Consecom AG                                                                B. Claise                                                      Cisco Systems, Inc.                                                           September 2013

   Flow Aggregation for the IP Flow Information Export (IPFIX) Protocol


   This document provides a common implementation-independent basis for    the interoperable application of the IP Flow Information Export    (IPFIX) protocol to the handling of Aggregated Flows, which are IPFIX    Flows representing packets from multiple Original Flows sharing some    set of common properties.  It does this through a detailed    terminology and a descriptive Intermediate Aggregation Process    architecture, including a specification of methods for Original Flow    counting and counter distribution across intervals.

Status of This Memo

   This is an Internet Standards Track document.

   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).  Further information on    Internet Standards is available in 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

 Trammell, et al.             Standards Track                    [Page 1]
 RFC 7015                    IPFIX Aggregation             September 2013

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