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Changes are expected over time. This version is dated 24 February 2012.
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Unmanaged large buffers in today's networks have given rise to a slew
of performance issues. These performance issues can be addressed by
some form of Active Queue Management (AQM) mechanism, optionally in
combination with a packet scheduling scheme such as fair queuing.
This document describes various criteria for performing precautionary
characterizations of AQM schemes.
Working Group Summary
Was there anything in WG process that is worth noting? For
example, was there controversy about particular points or
were there decisions where the consensus was particularly
Over it's lifetime, this document changed scope a couple of times. It currently contains guidance for characterizing AQM algorithm performance, though it had started out to prescribe evaluation methods for AQM algorithms being considered in the working group. As time went on, the focus shifted, and the WG did not use the guidelines in a prescriptive way. The current guidelines are not fully parameterized, and it is assumed that someone performing a characterization would consider how to parameterize configurations relevant to their own networks or scenarios of interest.
Ideally there would be running code (as mentioned by Dave, among others) for performing the characterizations, e.g. implemented using some tool such as ns-3, mininet, etc, however, this has not come about yet.
Where it sits now, the document is suitable as Informational guidance, but it is not a prescriptive and fully defined spec, like for example, an IPPM metric would be. It simply collects guidance and description of the set of things to look at and the measurements of interest in common AQM performance testing situations.
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The document is of sufficient quality that someone (e.g. a graduate student) could read it and implement proper tests.
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Wesley Eddy (firstname.lastname@example.org) is the shepherd, and Mirja Kühlewind (email@example.com) is the AD.
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I have reviewed it multiple times; it is ready for publication.
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During last call in the WG there were concerns raised about the test descriptions not being fully specified, but the document at that point was inconsistent about its goals, and it seems that fixing that remedied the issue. There was not any threat of appeal or other action though, and after announcing the intention to continue with the revised document following WGLC, there was no protest.
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There are a couple of warnings about obsolete references; this can be fixed by the RFC Editor, but does not impact the tests described in the document.
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