Last Call Review of draft-ietf-dime-overload-reqs-10

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Type Last Call Review
Team General Area Review Team (Gen-ART) (genart)
Deadline 2013-08-16
Requested 2013-07-29
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Reviewer David Black
Review review-ietf-dime-overload-reqs-10-genart-lc-black-2013-08-19
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Reviewed rev. 10 (document currently at 13)
Review result Ready with Nits
Draft last updated 2013-08-19
Review completed: 2013-08-19


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Document: draft-ietf-dime-overload-reqs-10
Reviewer: David L. Black
Review Date: August 17, 2013
IETF LC End Date: August 16, 2013
IESG Telechat date: (if known)

This draft is basically ready for publication, but has nits that should be
fixed before publication.

This draft describes scenarios in which Diameter overload can occur and provides
requirements for development of new overload control functionality in Diameter.
It is well written, and the inclusion of scenarios in which overload can occur,
both in terms of the relationships among types of Diameter nodes and actual mobile
network experience is very helpful.

I apologize for this review being a day late, as I've been on vacation for most
of this draft's IETF Last Call period.

Major issues: (none)

Minor issues: (none)

Nits/editorial comments:

The following two comments could be minor issues, but I'm going to treat them
as editorial, as I expect that they will be addressed in development of the
actual overload functionality:

a) I assume that overload control development work will derive more specific
security requirements - e.g., as REQ 27 is stated at a rather high level.
The discussion in security considerations section seems reasonable.

b) The draft, and especially its requirements in Section 7 are strongly
focused on individual Diameter node overload.  That's necessary, but overload
conditions can be broader, affecting an entire service or application, or
multiple instances of either/both, even if not every individual Diameter node
involved is overloaded.  A number of the requirements, starting with REQ 22
could be generalized to cover broader overload conditions.

This (b) has implications for other requirements, e.g., REQ 13 should also be
generalized beyond a single node to avoid increased traffic in an overload
situation, even from a node that is not overloaded by itself.  There are limits
on what is reasonable here, as the desired overload functionality is TCP/SCTP-
like reaction to congestion where individual actions taken by nodes based on
the information they have (which is not the complete state of the network)
results in an overall reduction of load.

Section 1.2, 2nd paragraph:

   as network congestion, network congestion can reduce a Diameter nodes

"nodes" -> "node's"

Section 5, 1st paragraph:

 This inadequacy may, in turn, contribute to broader congestion collapse 

"collapse" is not the right word here - I suggest "issues", "impacts",
"effects" or "problems".

Section 7

The long enumerated list of requirements is not an easy read.  It would be
better if these could somehow be grouped by functional category, e.g.,
security, transport interactions, operational/administrative, etc.

idnits 2.12.17 noticed the non-standard RFC 2119 boilerplate - this is fine,
as the boilerplate has been appropriately modified for this draft that
expresses requirements (as opposed to a draft that specifies a protocol).

idnits 2.12.17 got confused by the 3GPP and GSMA Informative References.
I assume that they're all sufficiently stable to be informative references.
However, [TR23.843] is a work in progress, and should be noted as such in
its reference - is this needed for any of the other 3GPP or GSMA references?

David L. Black, Distinguished Engineer
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