Benchmarking Methodology (bmwg) Charter
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Description of Working Group
The major goal of the Benchmarking Methodology Working Group is to make
a series of recommendations concerning the measurement of the
performance characteristics of various internetworking technologies;
further, these recommendations may focus on the systems or services
that are built from these technologies.
Each recommendation will describe the class of equipment, 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.
Because the demands of a class may vary from deployment to deployment,
this Working Group will not attempt to define acceptance criteria or
Currently, there are two distinct efforts underway in the BMWG. The
first addresses the metrics and methodologies associated with
benchmarking network interconnect devices. The second effort (IPPM)
focuses on determining the practical benchmarks and procedures needed
in gaining insight for users and providers of IP Internet services.
An ongoing task is to provide a forum for the discussion and the
advancement of measurements designed to provide insight on the
operation internetworking technologies.
Goals and Milestones
- Jun 96
- Draft a set of path performance metric definitions, including delay, flow capacity, and packet loss for the IPPM meeting in June, 1996.
- Jun 96
- Expand the current Ethernet switch benchmarking methodology draft to define the metrics and methodologies particular to the general class of connectionless, LAN switches.
Request for Comments