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Mon Oct 23 02:06:52 UTC 1995
the IPPM effort within the Benchmark Methodology Working Group is
working on "IP Performance Metrics" which apply to large IP networks
viewed as the "device-under-test" and not "provider metrics" per se.
(I say this as the both the Co-Area Director and the AD responsible for
the working group.)
understanding the performance of complex networks IS a very much
unsolved problems. people are thrashing around taking whatever
measurements they can think of with hopes of generating SOME kind of
understanding. I don't blame them at all - there isn't much else to do
right this instant.
all this means, though, is that folks concerned with the problem need
to participate in the BMWG efforts. there is a lot of work to do here
and with some luck, we may do some science to the point of developing
some understanding about how to measure and characterize these beasts
A lot has been done in characterizing performance of network elements,
so now we need to draw a bigger circle around what we're testing
but still apply significant rigor and good experimental methodology
so the data will be meaningful.
yours for more consistent confusion,
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