[rfc-dist] RFC 7980 on A Framework for Defining Network Complexity

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        RFC 7980

        Title:      A Framework for Defining Network 
                    Complexity 
        Author:     M. Behringer, A. Retana,
                    R. White, G. Huston
        Status:     Informational
        Stream:     Independent
        Date:       October 2016
        Mailbox:    mbehring at cisco.com, 
                    aretana at cisco.com, 
                    russw at riw.us, 
                    gih at apnic.net
        Pages:      24
        Characters: 56510
        Updates/Obsoletes/SeeAlso:   None

        I-D Tag:    draft-behringer-ncrg-complexity-framework-02.txt

        URL:        https://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc7980

        DOI:        http://dx.doi.org/10.17487/RFC7980

Complexity is a widely used parameter in network design, yet there is
no generally accepted definition of the term.  Complexity metrics
exist in a wide range of research papers, but most of these address
only a particular aspect of a network, for example, the complexity of
a graph or software.  While it may be impossible to define a metric
for overall network complexity, there is a desire to better
understand the complexity of a network as a whole, as deployed today
to provide Internet services.  This document provides a framework to
guide research on the topic of network complexity as well as some
practical examples for trade-offs in networking.

This document summarizes the work of the IRTF's Network Complexity
Research Group (NCRG) at the time of its closure.  It does not
present final results, but a snapshot of an ongoing activity, as a
basis for future work.


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