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January 3,March 1, 2008 G. Van de Velde Cisco Systems D. Dugatkin IXIA July 2,August 29, 2007 IPv6 Benchmarking Methodology <draft-ietf-bmwg-ipv6-meth-02.txt>for Network Interconnect Devices <draft-ietf-bmwg-ipv6-meth-03.txt> Status of this Memo By submitting this Internet-Draft, each author represents that any applicable patent or other IPR claims of which he or she is aware have been or will be disclosed, and any of which he or she becomes aware will be disclosed, in accordance with Section 6 of BCP 79. Internet-Drafts are working documents of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), its areas, and its working groups. Note that other groups may also distribute working documents as Internet- Drafts. Internet-Drafts are draft documents valid for a maximum of six months and may be updated, replaced, or obsoleted by other documents at any time. It is inappropriate to use Internet-Drafts as reference material or to cite them other than as "work in progress." The list of current Internet-Drafts can be accessed at http://www.ietf.org/ietf/1id-abstracts.txt. The list of Internet-Draft Shadow Directories can be accessed at http://www.ietf.org/shadow.html. This Internet-Draft will expire on January 3,March 1, 2008. Copyright Notice Copyright (C) The IETF Trust (2007). Abstract The Benchmarking Methodologies defined in RFC2544  are IP version independent however, they doindependent. However, RFC 2544 does not address some of the specificities of IPv6. This document provides additional benchmarking guidelinesguidelines, which in conjunction with RFC2544RFC2544, lead to a more complete and realistic evaluation of the IPv6 performance of network elements.interconnect devices. IPv6 transition mechanisms are outside the scope of this document. Table of Contents 1. Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 2. Existing Definitions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 3. Tests and Results Evaluation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 4. Test Environment Set Up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 5. Test Traffic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 5.1. Frame Formats and Sizes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 5.1.1. Frame Sizes to be used on Ethernet . . . . . . . . . . 5 5.1.2. Frame Sizes to be used on SONET . . . . . . . . . . . 5 5.2. Protocol Addresses Selection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 5.2.1. DUT Protocol Addresses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 5.2.2. Test Traffic Protocol Addresses . . . . . . . . . . . 7 5.3. Traffic with Extension Headers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 5.4. Traffic set up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 6. Modifiers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 6.1. Management and Routing Traffic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 6.2. Filters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 6.2.1. Filter Format . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 910 6.2.2. Filter Types . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 7. Benchmarking Tests . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 7.1. Throughput . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 7.2. Latency . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 7.3. Frame Loss . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1213 7.4. Back-to-Back Frames . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 7.5. System Recovery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 7.6. Reset . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 8. IANA Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 9. Security Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1314 10. Conclusions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 11. Acknowledgements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 12. References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 12.1. Normative References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 12.2. Informative References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Appendix A. Theoretical Maximum Frame Rates Reference . . . . . . 1516 A.1. Ethernet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1516 A.2. Packet over SONET . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Authors' Addresses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Intellectual Property and Copyright Statements . . . . . . . . . . 19 1. Introduction The benchmarking methodologies defined by RFC2544  are proving to be useful in consistently evaluating IPv4 forwarding performance of network elements. Adherence to these testing and result analysis procedures facilitates objective comparison of IPv4 performance data measured on various products and by various individuals. While the principles behind the methodologies introduced in RFC2544 are largely IP version independent, the protocol continued to evolve, particularly in its version 6 (IPv6). This document provides benchmarking methodology recommendations that address IPv6 specific aspects such as evaluating the forwarding performance of traffic containing extension headers as defined in RFC2460 . These recommendations are defined within the RFC2544 framework and are meant tocomplement the test and result analysis procedures as described in RFC2544 and not replace them.RFC2544. The terms used in this document remain consistent with those defined in "Benchmarking Terminology for Network Interconnect Devices" RFC1242 . This terminology SHOULD be consulted before using or applying the recommendations of this document. Any methodology aspects not covered in this document SHOULD be assumed to be treated based on the RFC2544 recommendations. 2. Existing Definitions The key words "MUST", "MUST NOT", "REQUIRED", "SHALL", "SHALL NOT", "SHOULD", "SHOULD NOT", "RECOMMENDED", "MAY", and "OPTIONAL" in this document are to be interpreted as described in BCP 14, RFC 2119 . RFC 2119 defines the use of these key words to help make the intent of standards track documents as clear as possible. While this document uses these keywords, this document is not a standards track document. 3. Tests and Results Evaluation The recommended performance evaluation tests are described in Section 67 of this document. Not all of these tests are applicable to all network element types. Nevertheless, for each evaluated devicedevice, it is recommended to perform as many of the applicable tests described in Section 6 as possible. Test execution and theresults analysis MUST be performed while observing generally accepted testing practices regarding repeatability, variance and statistical significance of small numbers of trials. 4. Test Environment Set Up The test environment setup options recommended for the IPv6 performance evaluation are the same as the onesthose described in Section 6 of RFC2544, in both single-port and multi-port scenarios. Single- port testing is used in measuring per interfacemeasures per-interface forwarding performance while multi-port testing is used to measuremeasures the scalability of forwarding performance across the entire platform. Throughout the test, the DUT can be monitored for relevant resource (Processor, Memory, etc.) utilization. This data could be beneficial in understanding traffic processing by each DUT and the resources that must be allocated for IPv6. It could reveal if the IPv6 traffic is processed in hardware, by applicable devices, under all test conditions or it is punted in the software switched path. If such data is considered of interest, it MUST be collected out of band and independent of any management data that might be recommended to becollected through the interfaces forwarding the test traffic. Note: During testing, either static or dynamic options for neighbor discovery can be used. The static option can be used as long as it is supported by the test tool. The dynamic option is preferred wherein the test tool interacts with the DUT for the duration of the test to maintain the respective neighbor caches in an active state. To avoid neighbor solicitation (NS) and neighbor advertisement (NA) storms due to the neighbor unreachability detection (NUD) mechanism , the test scenarios assume thetest traffic simulates end points and theIPv6 source and destination addresses are one hop beyond the DUT. 5. Test Traffic The trafficTraffic used for all tests described in this document SHOULD meet the requirements described in this section. These requirements are designed to reflect the characteristics of IPv6 unicast traffic in all its aspects.traffic. Using the recommended IPv6 traffic profile leads to a complete evaluation of the network element performance. 5.1. Frame Formats and Sizes Two types of media are commonly deployed and each SHOULD be tested if the network element supports that type of media: Ethernet and SONET. This section identifies the frame sizes that SHOULD be used for each media type. Refer to recommendations in RFC2544 for all other media types. Similar to IPv4, small frame sizes help characterize the per-frame processing overhead of the DUT. Note that the minimum IPv6 packet size (40 bytes) is larger than that of an IPv4 packet (20 bytes). Tests should compensate for this difference. The frame sizes listed for IPv6 include the extension headers used in testing (see section 4.3).5.3). By definition, extension headers are part of the IPv6 packet payload. Depending on the total length of the extension headers, their use might not be possible at the smallest frame sizes. Note: Test tools are commonly using signatures to identify test traffic packets to verify that there are no packet drops, out of order packets or to calculate various statistics such as delay and jitter. This could be the reason why the minimum frame size selectable through the test tool might not be as low as the theoretical one presented in this document. 5.1.1. Frame Sizes to be used on Ethernet Ethernet in all its types has become the most commonly deployed interfacemedia in today's networks. The following frame sizes SHOULD be used for benchmarking over this media type: 64, 128, 256, 512, 1024, 1280, 1518 bytes. Tests withNote: The recommended 1518 bytes frame size represents the maximum size of an untagged Ethernet frame. According to the IEEE 802.3as standard , the frame size can be increased up to 2048 bytes to accommodate frame tags. Note: While jumbo frames are outside the scope of the 802.3 IEEE standard, tests SHOULD be executed. Frameexecuted with frame sizes should beselected based on the values supported by the device under test due to the absence of a common standard defining the jumbo frame sizes.test. Examples of commoncommonly used jumbo frame sizes are: 4096, 8192, 9216 bytes. The maximum frame rates for each frame size and the various Ethernet interface types are provided in Appendix A. 5.1.2. Frame Sizes to be used on SONET Packet over SONET (PoS) interfaces are commonly used for edge uplinks and high bandwidth core links. Evaluating the forwarding performance of PoS interfaces supported by the DUT is recommended. The following frame sizes SHOULD be used for this media type: 53,47, 64, 128, 256, 512, 1024, 1280, 1518, 2048, 4096 bytes. Note: The 47 bytes SONET frame has no practical use since it can carry only the 40 bytes header of an IPv6 packet and no upper layer protocol information. It represents however the smallest frame size for this media type. The maximum frame rates for each frame size and the various PoS interface types are provided in Appendix A. 5.2. Protocol Addresses Selection There are two aspects of IPv6 benchmarking testing where IP address selection considerations MUST be analyzed: The selection of IP addresses for the DUT and the selection of addresses for thetest traffic. 5.2.1. DUT Protocol Addresses IANA reserved thean IPv6 address block xxxxx/48for use with IPv6 benchmark testing. These addresses MUSTtesting (see section 8). It MAY be assumed to bethat addresses in this block are not globally routable on the Internetand they MUST notNOT be used as Internet source or destination addresses. Note to IANA: Replace "xxxxx" with assigned prefix.Similar to RFC2544, Appendix C, addresses from the first half of this range SHOULD be used for the ports viewed as input and addresses from the other half of the range for the output ports. The prefix length of the IPv6 addresses configured on the DUT interfaces MUST fall into either oneof the following: o Prefix length is /126 which would simulate a point-to-point link for a core router. o Prefix length is smaller or equal to /64. No prefix lengths SHOULD be selected in the range between 64 and 128 except the 126 value mentioned above. Note that /126 prefixes might not be always the best choice for addressing point-to-point links such as back-to-back Ethernet unless the autoprovisioning mechanism is disabled. Also, not all network elements support addresses of this prefix length. While with IPv6, the DUT interfaces can be configured with multiple global unicast addresses, the methodology described in this document does not require testing such a scenario. It is not expected that such an evaluation would bring additional data with respect toregarding the performance of the network element. The Interface ID portion of global unicast IPv6 DUT addresses SHOULD be set to ::1. There are no requirements in the selection of the Interface ID portion of the link local IPv6 addresses. It is recommended that multiple iterations of the benchmark tests be conducted using the following prefix lengths: 48, 64, 126 and 128 for the advertised traffic destination prefix. Other prefix lengths can be used. However the indicated range reflects major prefix boundaries expected to be present in IPv6 routing tables and they should be representative to establish baseline performance metrics. 5.2.2. Test Traffic Protocol Addresses TheIPv6 source and destination addresses for the test streams SHOULD belong to the IPv6 range assigned by IANA as discusseddefined in section 22.214.171.124. The source addresses SHOULD belong to one half of the range and the destination addresses to the other, reflecting the DUT interface IPv6 address selection. Tests SHOULD first be executed with a single stream leveraging a single source-destination address pair. The tests SHOULD then be repeated with traffic using a random destination address in the corresponding range. If the network element prefix lookup capabilities are evaluated, the tests SHOULD focus on the IPv6 relevant prefix boundaries: 0-64, 126 and 128. Special care needs to be taken about the neighbor unreachability detection (NUD)  process. The IPv6 prefix reachable time in the router advertisement SHOULD be set to 30 seconds and allow 50% jitter. The IPv6 source and destination addresses SHOULD not appear to be directly connected to the DUT to avoid neighbor solicitation (NS) and neighbor advertisement (NA) storms due to multiple test traffic flows. 5.3. Traffic with Extension Headers Extension headers are an intrinsic part of the IPv6 architecture . They are used with various types of practical traffic such as: fragmented traffic, mobile IP based traffic, authenticated and encrypted traffic. For these reasons, all tests described in this document SHOULD be performed with both traffic that has no extension headers and traffic that has a set of extension headers. TheyExtension header types can be selected from the following list  which reflects the recommended order of multiple extension headers in a packet: o Hop-by-hop header o Destination options header o Routing header o Fragment header o Authentication header o Encapsulating Security Payloadsecurity payload (ESP) header o Destination options header o Mobility header Considering thatSince extension headers are an intrinsic part of the protocol and that they fulfill different roles, benchmarking of traffic containing each extension header SHOULD be executed individually. The special processing rules for the Hop-by-hophop-by-hop extension header require a specific benchmarking approach. Unlike theother extension headers, this header must be processed by each node that forwards the traffic. Tests with traffic containing these extension header types will not measure the forwarding performance of the DUTDUT, but rather its extension header processing capability, which is dependent on the information contained in the extension headers. The concern is that this traffic, at high rates, could have a negative impact on the operational resources of the router and could be used as a security threat. When benchmarking with traffic that contains the Hop-by-hophop-by-hop extension header, the goal is not to measure throughput  as in the case of the other extension headersheaders, but rather to evaluate the impact of such traffic on the router. In this case, traffic with the Hop- by-hophop-by-hop extension headers should be sent at 1%, 10% and 50% of the interface total bandwidth. Device resources must be monitored at each traffic rate to determine the impact. The testsTests with traffic containing each individual extension header MUST be complemented with tests containing a chain of two or more extension headers (the chain MUST not contain the Hop-by-hophop-by-hop extension header). TheThis chain should also exclude the ESP  extension header since traffic with an encrypted payload can not be used in tests with modifiers such as filters based on upper layer information (see Section 5). Since the DUT is not analyzing the content of the extension headers, any combination of extension headers can be used in testing. The extension header chain recommended to be used infor testing is: o Routing header - 24-32 bytes o Destination options header - 8 bytes o Fragment header - 8 bytes This is a real life extension header chain that would be found in an IPv6 packet between two mobile nodes exchanged over an optimized path that requires fragmentation. The listed extension headers lengths represent test tool defaults. The total length of the extension header chain SHOULD be larger than 32 bytes. Extension headers add extra bytes to the payload size of the IP packets which MUST be factored in when used in testing at low frame sizes. Their presence will modify the minimum packet size used in testing. For direct comparison between the data obtained with traffic that has extension headers and with traffic that doesn't have them at low frame size, a common value SHOULD be selected for the smallest frame size of both types of traffic. For most cases, the network elements ignore the extension headers when forwarding IPv6 traffic. For these reasons it is likely thatthe extension headers relatedperformance impact related to extension headers will be observed only when testing the DUT with traffic filters that contain matching conditions for the upper layer protocol information. In those cases, the DUT MUST traverse the chain of extension headers, a process that could impact performance. 5.4. Traffic set up All tests recommended in this document SHOULD be performed with bi- directional traffic. For asymmetric situations, tests MAY be performed with unidirectional traffic for a more granular characterization of the DUT performance. In these cases, the bidirectional traffic testing would reveal only the lowest performance between the two directions. All other traffic profile characteristics described in RFC2544 SHOULD be applied in this testing as well. IPv6 multicast benchmarking is outside the scope of this document. 6. Modifiers RFC2544 underlines the importance of evaluating the performance of network elements under certain operational conditions. The conditions defined in RFC2544 Sectionsection 11 are common to IPv4 and IPv6, except that IPv6 with the exception ofdoes not employ layer 2 or 3 broadcast frames. IPv6 does not use layer 2 or layer 3 broadcasts. This section provides additional conditions that are specific to IPv6. The suite of tests recommended in this document SHOULD be first executed in the absence of these conditions and then repeated under each of these conditions separately. 6.1. Management and Routing Traffic The procedures defined in RFC2544 sections 11.2 and 11.3 are applicable for IPv6 management and routing update Framesframes as well. 6.2. Filters The filters defined in Section 11.4 of RFC2544 apply to IPv6 benchmarking as well. The filter definitions howevermust be expanded to include upper layer protocol information matching in order to analyze the handling of traffic with extension headers which are an important architectural component of IPv6. 6.2.1. Filter Format The filter format defined in RFC2544 is applicable to IPv6 as well except that the source addresses (SA) and destination addresses (DA) are IPv6.IPv6 addresses. In addition to these basic filters, the evaluation of IPv6 performance SHOULD analyze the correct filtering and handling of traffic with extension headers. While the intent is not to evaluate a platform's capability to process the various extension header types, the goal is to measure performance impact when the network element must parse through the extension headers in orderto reach upper layer information. In IPv6, routers do not have to parse through the extension headers (other than Hop-by-hop)hop- by-hop) unless, for example, theupper layer information has to be analyzed due to filters. For these reasons, toTo evaluate the network element handling of IPv6 traffic with extension headers, the definition of the filters must be extended to include conditions applied to upper layer protocol information. The following filter format SHOULD be used for this type of evaluation: [permit|deny] [protocol] [SA] [DA] where permit or deny indicates the action to allow or deny a packet through the interface the filter is applied to. The protocol field is defined as: o ipv6: any IP Version 6 traffic o tcp: Transmission Control Protocol o udp: User Datagram Protocol and SA stands for the source address and DA for the destination address. The upper layer protocols listed above are recommended selection, howeverselection. However, they do not represent an all-inclusive list of upper layer protocols which could be used in defining filters. 6.2.2. Filter Types Based on theRFC2544 recommendations, two types of tests are executed when evaluating performance in the presence of modifiers.modifiers: One with a single filter and oneanother with 25 filters. TheExamples of recommended filters are exemplified with the help ofillustrated using the IPv6 documentation prefix  2001: DB8::.2001:DB8::. Examples of single filters are: Filter for TCP traffic - permit tcp 2001:DB8::1 2001:DB8::2 Filter for UDP traffic - permit udp 2001:DB8::1 2001:DB8::2 Filter for IPv6 traffic - permit ipv6 2001:DB8::1 2001:DB8::2 The single line filter case SHOULD verify that the network element permits all TCP/UDP/IPv6 traffic with or without any number of extension headers from IPv6 SA 2001:DB8::1 to IPv6 DA 2001:DB8::2 and deny all other traffic. Example of 25 filters: deny tcp 2001:DB8:1::1 2001:DB8:1::2 deny tcp 2001:DB8:2::1 2001:DB8:2::2 deny tcp 2001:DB8:3::1 2001:DB8:3::2 ... deny tcp 2001:DB8:C::1 2001:DB8:C::2 permit tcp 2001:DB8:99::1 2001:DB8:99::2 deny tcp 2001:DB8:D::1 2001:DB8:D::2 deny tcp 2001:DB8:E::1 2001:DB8:E::2 ... deny tcp 2001:DB8:19::1 2001:DB8:19::2 deny ipv6 any any The router SHOULD deny all traffic with or without extension headers except TCP traffic with SA 2001:DB8:99::1 and DA 2001:DB8:99::2. 7. Benchmarking Tests This document recommends the same benchmarking tests described in RFC2544 while observing the DUT setup and the traffic setup considerations described above. The following sections state the test types explicitly and highlight only the methodology differences that might exist with respect to those described in Section 26 of RFC2544. The specificities of IPv6, particularly the definition of extension headers processing, require additional benchmarking steps. In this sense, theThe tests recommended by RFC2544 MUST be repeated for IPv6 traffic without extension headers and for IPv6 traffic with one or multiple extension headers. IPv6's deployment in existing IPv4 environments and the expected long co-existence of the two protocols leads network operators to place great emphasis on understanding the performance of platforms forwardingprocessing both types of traffic. While device resources are shared between the two protocols, it is important for IPv6 enabledthat IPv6-enabled platforms tonot experience degraded IPv4 performance. Thus, IPv6 benchmarking SHOULD be performed in the context of a stand alone protocol as well as in the context of its co-existence with IPv4. The modifiers defined are independent of extension header type so they can be applied equally to each one of the above tests. The benchmarking tests described in this section SHOULD be performed under each of the following conditions: Extension header specific conditions: i) IPv6 traffic with no extension headers ii) IPv6 traffic with one extension header from the list in section 4.35.3 iii) IPv6 traffic with the chain of extension headers described in section 4.35.3 Co-existence specific conditions: iv) IPv4 ONLY traffic benchmarking v) IPv6 ONLY traffic benchmarking vi) IPv4-IPv6 traffic mix with the ratio 90% vs 10% vii) IPv4-IPv6 traffic mix with the ratio 50% vs 50% viii) IPv4-IPv6 traffic mix with the ratio 10% vs 90% Combining the test conditions listed for benchmarking IPv6 as a stand-alone protocol and the co-existence tests leads to a large coverage matrix. AAt a minimum requirement is to coverrequirement, the co-existence conditions in the case oftests should use IPv6 traffic with no extension headers and those where either ofthe 10%-90%, 90%-10% IPv4/IPv6 traffic is 10% and 90% respectively.mix. The subsequent sections describeeach describe specific tests that MUST be executed under the conditions listed above for a complete benchmarking of IPv6 forwarding performance. 7.1. Throughput Objective: To determine the DUT throughput as defined in RFC1242. Procedure: Same as RFC2544. Reporting Format: Same as RFC2544. 7.2. Latency Objective: To determine the latency as defined in RFC1242. Procedure: Same as RFC2544. Reporting Format: Same as RFC2544. 7.3. Frame Loss Objective: To determine the frame loss rate, as defined in RFC1242, of a DUT throughout the entire range of input data rates and frame sizes. Procedure: Same as RFC2544. Reporting Format: Same as RFC2544. 7.4. Back-to-Back Frames Objective: To characterize the ability of a DUT to process back-to- back frames as defined in RFC1242.Based on the IPv4 experience, the Back-to-Backback-to-back frames test is characterized by significant variance due to short term variations in the processing flow. For these reasons, this test is no longer recommended for IPv6 benchmarking. 7.5. System Recovery Objective: To characterize the speed at which a DUT recovers from an overload condition. Procedure: Same as RFC2544. Reporting Format: Same as RFC2544. 7.6. Reset Objective: To characterize the speed at which a DUT recovers from a device or software reset. Procedure: Same as RFC2544. Reporting Format: Same as RFC2544. 8. IANA Considerations IANA reserved prefix xxxxx/48 for IPv6 benchmarking similar to 198.18.0.0/15 in RFC 3330 . This prefix length provides similar flexibility as the range allocated for IPv4 benchmarking and it is taking into consideration address conservation and simplicity of usage concerns. The requested size meets the requirements for testing large network elements and large emulated networks. Note to IANA: Replace "xxxxx" with assigned prefix. 9. Security Considerations Benchmarking activities as described in this memo are limited to technology characterization using controlled stimuli in a laboratory environment, with dedicated address space and the constraints specified in the sections above. The benchmarking network topology will be an independent test setup and MUST NOT be connected to devices that may forward the test traffic into a production network, or misroute traffic to the test management network. Further, benchmarking is performed on a "black-box" basis, relying solely on measurements observable external to the DUT/SUT. Special capabilities SHOULD NOT exist in the DUT/SUT specifically for benchmarking purposes. Any implications for network security arising from the DUT/SUT SHOULD be identical in the lab and in production networks. The isolated nature of the benchmarking environments and the fact that no special features or capabilities, other than those used in operational networks, are enabled on the DUT/SUT requires no security considerations specific to the benchmarking process. 10. Conclusions The Benchmarking Methodology for Network Interconnect Devices document, RFC2544 , is for the most part applicable to evaluating the IPv6 performance of network elements. This document is addressingaddresses the IPv6 specific requirements that MUST be observed when applying the recommendations of RFC2544. These additional requirements stem from the architecture characteristics of IPv6. This document is not a replacement of but a complement to RFC2544. 11. Acknowledgements Scott Bradner provided valuable guidance and recommendations for this document. The authors acknowledge the work done by Cynthia Martin and Jeff Dunn with respect to defining the terminology for IPv6 benchmarking. The authors would like to thank Bill Kine for his contribution to the initial document and to Tom Alexander, Bill Cerveny, Silvija Dry, Sven Lanckmans, Dean Lee, Athanassios Liakopoulos, Benoit Lourdelet, Al Morton, David Newman, Rajiv PapejnaPapejna, Dan Romascanu and Pekka Savola for their very helpful feedback. Maryam Hamza inspired the authors in completing this document. 12. References 12.1. Normative References  Bradner, S., "Key words for use in RFCs to Indicate Requirement Levels", BCP 14, RFC 2119, March 1997.  Deering, S. and R. Hinden, "Internet Protocol, Version 6 (IPv6) Specification", RFC 2460, December 1998.  Narten, T., Nordmark, E., and W. Simpson, "Neighbor Discovery for IP Version 6 (IPv6)", RFC 2461, December 1998.  Malis, A. and W. Simpson, "PPP over SONET/SDH", RFC 2615, June 1999.  Kent, S., "IP Encapsulating Security Payload (ESP)", RFC 4303, December 2005. 12.2. Informative References  Bradner, S., "Benchmarking terminology for network interconnection devices", RFC 1242, July 1991.  Simpson, W., "PPP in HDLC-like Framing", STD 51, RFC 1662, July 1994.  Bradner, S. and J. McQuaid, "Benchmarking Methodology for Network Interconnect Devices", RFC 2544, March 1999.  IANA, "Special-Use IPv4 Addresses", RFC 3330, September 2002.  Huston, G., Lord, A., and P. Smith, "IPv6 Address Prefix Reserved for Documentation", RFC 3849, July 2004.  Newman, D. and T. Player, "Hash and Stuffing: Overlooked Factors in Network Device Benchmarking", RFC 4814, March 2007.  LAN/MAN Standards Committee of the IEEE Computer Society, "IEEE Std 802.3as-2006, Part 3: Carrier Sense Multiple Access with Collision Detection (CSMA/CD) Access Method and Physical Layer Specifications, Amendment 3: Frame format extensions", November 2006. Appendix A. Theoretical Maximum Frame Rates Reference This appendix provides the formulas to calculate and the values for the theoretical maximum frame rates for two media types: Ethernet and SONET. A.1. Ethernet The throughput in frames per second (fps) for various Ethernet interface types and for a frame size X can be calculated with the following formula: Line Rate (bps) ------------------------------ (8bits/byte)*(X+20)bytes/frame The 20 bytes in the formula is the sum of the preamble (8 bytes) and the inter frame gap (12 bytes). The throughput for various Ethernet interface types and frame sizes: Size 10Mb/s 100Mb/s 1000Mb/s 10000Mb/s Bytes pps pps pps pps 64 14880 148809 1488095 1488095214,880 148,809 1,488,095 14,880,952 128 8445 84459 844594 84459458,445 84,459 844,594 8,445,945 256 4528 45289 452898 45289854,528 45,289 452,898 4,528,985 512 2349 23496 234962 23496242,349 23,496 234,962 2,349,624 1024 1197 11973 119731 11973181,197 11,973 119,731 1,197,318 1280 961 9615 96153 9615389,615 96,153 961,538 1518 812 8127 81274 8127438,127 81,274 812,743 2048 604 6,044 60,444 604,448 4096 303 3036 30396 3036913,036 30,396 303,691 8192 152 1522 15221 1522161,522 15,221 152,216 9216 135 1353 13534 1353391,353 13,534 135,339 Note: Ethernet's maximum frame rates are subject to variances due to clock slip.slop. The listed rates are theoretical maximums and actual tests should account for a +/- 100 ppm tolerance. A.2. Packet over SONET ANSI T1.105 SONET provides the formula for calculating the maximum available bandwidth for the various Packet over SONET (PoS) interface types: STS-Nc (N = 3Y, where Y=1,2,3,etc) [(N*87) - N/3]*(9 rows)*(8 bit/byte)*(8000 frames/sec) Packets over SONET can use various encapsulations: PPP , HDLC  and Frame Relay. All these encapsulations use a 4-byte header, a 2- or 4-byte FCS field and a 1-byte Flag which are all accounted for in the overall frame size. The maximum frame rate for various interface types can be calculated with the formula (where X represents the frame size in bytes): Line Rate (bps) ------------------------------ (8bits/byte)*(X+1)bytes/frame The maximum throughput for various PoS interface types and frame sizes: Size OC-3c OC-12c OC-48c OC-192c OC-768c Bytes fps fps fps fps fps 53 346,666 1,386,666 5,546,666 22,186,666 88,746,66647 390,000 1,560,000 6,240,000 24,960,000 99,840,000 64 288,000 1,152,000 4,608,000 18,432,000 73,728,000 128 145,116 580,465 2,321,860 9,287,441 37,149,767 256 72,840 291,361 1,165,447 4,661,789 18,647,159 512 36,491 145,964 583,859 2,335,438 9,341,754 1024 18,263 73,053 292,214 1,168,858 4,675,434 2048 9,136 36,544 146,178 584,714 2,338,857 4096 4,569 18,276 73,107 292,428 1,169,714 It is important to note that throughput test results may vary from the values presented in appendices A.1 and A.2 due to bit stuffing performed by various media types . 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