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Benchmarking Methodology (Concluded WG)
Ops Area: Robert Wilton, Warren Kumari | 1989-Nov-01 —  

2020-07-25 charter

Benchmarking Methodology (bmwg)


 Current Status: Active

     Al Morton <acmorton@att.com>
     Sarah Banks <sbanks@encrypted.net>

 Operations and Management Area Directors:
     Warren Kumari <warren@kumari.net>
     Robert Wilton <rwilton@cisco.com>

 Operations and Management Area Advisor:
     Warren Kumari <warren@kumari.net>

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Description of Working Group:

  The Benchmarking Methodology Working Group (BMWG) will continue to
  produce a series of recommendations concerning the key performance
  characteristics of internetworking technologies, or benchmarks for
  network devices, systems, and services. Taking a view of networking
  divided into planes, the scope of work includes benchmarks for the
  management, control, and forwarding planes.

  The scope of BMWG has been extended to develop methods for
  virtual network functions (VNF) and their unique supporting
  infrastructure (such as SDN Controllers and vSwitches).
  Benchmarks for platform capacity and performance characteristics
  of virtual routers, firewalls (and other security functions),
  signaling control gateways, and other forms of gateways are included.
  The benchmarks will foster comparisons between physical and virtual
  network functions, and also cover unique features of
  Network Function Virtualization systems. Also, with the emergence
  of virtualized test systems, specifications for test system
  calibration are also in-scope.

  Each recommendation will describe the class of network function, system,
  or service being addressed; discuss the performance characteristics that
  are pertinent to that class; clearly identify a set of metrics that aid
  in the description of those characteristics; specify the methodologies
  required to collect said metrics; and lastly, present the requirements
  for the common, unambiguous reporting of benchmarking results.

  The set of relevant benchmarks will be developed with input from the
  community of users (e.g., network operators and testing organizations)
  and from those affected by the benchmarks when they are published
  (networking and test equipment manufacturers). When possible, the
  benchmarks and other terminologies will be developed jointly with
  organizations that are willing to share their expertise. Joint review
  requirements for a specific work area will be included in the
  description of the task.

  To better distinguish the BMWG from other measurement initiatives in the
  IETF, the scope of the BMWG is limited to the characterization of
  implementations of various internetworking technologies
  using controlled stimuli in a laboratory environment. Said differently,
  the BMWG does not attempt to produce benchmarks for live, operational
  networks. Moreover, the benchmarks produced by this WG shall strive to
  be vendor independent or otherwise have universal applicability to a
  given technology class.

  Because the demands of a particular technology may vary from deployment
  to deployment, a specific non-goal of the Working Group is to define
  acceptance criteria or performance requirements.

  An ongoing task is to provide a forum for development and
  advancement of measurements which provide insight on the
  capabilities and operation of implementations of inter-networking
  technology. Ideally, BMWG should communicate with the operations
  community through organizations such as NANOG, RIPE, and APRICOT, and
  consult with/inform other IETF WGs (as is the current practice).

Goals and Milestones:
  Aug 2020 - Methodology for Next-Gen Firewall Benchmarking to IESG Review
  Aug 2020 - Update to RFC2544 Back-to-back Frame Benchmarking to IESG Review
  Aug 2020 - Methodology for EVPN Benchmarking to IESG Review
  Dec 2020 - Draft on Selecting and Applying Model(s) for Benchmarking to IESG Review
  Dec 2020 - Draft on General VNF Benchmarking Automation to IESG Review
  Dec 2020 - Considerations for Benchmarking Network Virtualization Platforms to IESG Review

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