[rfc-dist] RFC 4814 on Hash and Stuffing: Overlooked Factors in Network Device Benchmarking

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        RFC 4814

        Title:      Hash and Stuffing: Overlooked Factors 
                    in Network Device Benchmarking 
        Author:     D. Newman, T. Player
        Status:     Informational
        Date:       March 2007
        Mailbox:    dnewman at networktest.com, 
                    timmons.player at spirent.com
        Pages:      26
        Characters: 59272
        Updates/Obsoletes/SeeAlso:   None

        I-D Tag:    draft-ietf-bmwg-hash-stuffing-08.txt

        URL:        http://www.rfc-editor.org/rfc/rfc4814.txt

Test engineers take pains to declare all factors that affect a given
measurement, including intended load, packet length, test duration,
and traffic orientation.  However, current benchmarking practice
overlooks two factors that have a profound impact on test results.
First, existing methodologies do not require the reporting of
addresses or other test traffic contents, even though these fields
can affect test results.  Second, "stuff" bits and bytes inserted in
test traffic by some link-layer technologies add significant and
variable overhead, which in turn affects test results.  This document
describes the effects of these factors; recommends guidelines for
test traffic contents; and offers formulas for determining the
probability of bit- and byte-stuffing in test traffic.  This memo provides
information for the Internet community.

This document is a product of the Benchmarking Methodology
Working Group of the IETF.


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