Registry for Performance Metrics

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(Mirja Kühlewind) Yes

Comment (2019-12-03 for -22)
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Please be aware of the following note in the IANA section (which might simply reviewing):

"Mock-ups of the implementation of this set of requests
   have been prepared with IANA's help during development of this memo,
   and have been captured in the Proceedings of IPPM working group
   sessions.  IANA is currently preparing a mock-up.  A recent version
   is available here:"

(Deborah Brungard) No Objection

(Alissa Cooper) (was Discuss) No Objection

Comment (2020-01-24 for -23)
Thanks for addressing my DISCUSS and COMMENT.

In Section 7.1.2, I would recommend the following change for clarity:

Spec: an immutable document, for RFCs, the RFC number and major section number that specifies this Registry entry in the form RFCXXXXsecY, such as RFC7799sec3.

Spec: an immutable document identifier combined with a document section identifier. For RFCs, this consists of the RFC number and major section number that specifies this Registry entry in the form RFCXXXXsecY, such as RFC7799sec3.

Roman Danyliw No Objection

Comment (2019-12-03 for -22)
* Section 9.  Please consider adding something approximately along the lines of: 

The aggregated results of the performance metrics described in this registry can reveal network topology information that might be considered sensitive.  If this is the case, access control mechanism should be applied.

* Editorial Nits:
- Section 7.1.2. Typo. s/obervations/ observations/
- Section 7.1.3. Typo. s/formated/formatted/
- Section 7.3.1.  Typo. s/unambigious/unambiguous/
- Section 7.3.2.  Typo. s/wether/whether/
- Section 7.3.5.  Typo. s/accomodated/accommodated/
- Section 7.4.4.  Typo. s/calbration/calibration/
- Section 8.1. Spacing. s/[RFC8126]policy/[RFC8126] policy/
- Section 8.2.  Typo. s/Regsirty/Registry/
- Section 8.2. Typo. s/unchamged/unchanged/
- Section 9.  Typo. s/secuity/security/

Benjamin Kaduk No Objection

Comment (2019-12-04 for -22)
The sometimes-conversational tone of the text here is at odds with my
mental preconception of what a BCP (or, for that matter, a
Standards-Track document) is, though I make no claim that my mental
preconception is relevant to anyone other than myself.

I agree with the comment about parts of the text assuing that metric
specifications will be RFCs being at odds with the lower
specification-required regisration policy.

I support Alissa's Discuss point.

Section 1

   applications transported over its protocols.  Performance metrics are
   such an important part of the operations of IETF protocols that
   [RFC6390] specifies guidelines for their development.

It's not entirely clear that the existence of RFC 6390 supports exactly
this conclusion.

   The definition and use of Performance Metrics in the IETF happens in
   various working groups (WG), most notably:

Is this going to age well?

      The "Performance Metrics for Other Layers" (PMOL) a concluded WG,

nits: s/a //, no comma

Section 2

      Examples of Performance Metrics are the FTP response time for a
      complete file download, the DNS response time to resolve the IP
      address, a database logging time, etc.  This definition is

nit: DNS responses are not limited to single IP addresses, so the
definite article seems wrong here.

      consistent with the definition of metric in [RFC2330] and broader
      than the definition of performance metric in [RFC6390].

Why are we using a different definition of performance metric than BCP
170?  [How can both be BCPs at the same time but be in conflict?]

   Parameter:  A Parameter is an input factor defined as a variable in
      the definition of a Performance Metric.  A Parameter is a
      numerical or other specified factor forming one of a set that
      defines a metric or sets the conditions of its operation.  All
      Parameters must be known to measure using a metric and interpret
      the results.  There are two types of Parameters: Fixed and Run-

nit: I suggest "all Parameters must be known in order to make a
measurement using a metric", as currently "known to measure" flows

Section 3

   groups: IPPM, XRBLOCK, IPFIX, and BMWG.  This document analyzes an
   prior attempt to set up a Performance Metrics Registry, and the

nit: s/ an/ a/

   Based on [RFC8126] Section 4.3, this document is processed as Best
   Current Practice (BCP) [RFC2026].

As was already noted, the referenced section does not have any obvious
relevance to publication status for this document.

Section 4.1

   As any IETF registry, the primary use for a registry is to manage a

nit: I think this was intended to be "As for any IETF registry"

      particular example is the LMAP framework [RFC7594].  Using the
      LMAP terminology, the Performance Metrics Registry is used in the
      LMAP Control protocol to allow a Controller to request a
      measurement task to one or more Measurement Agents.  In order to

nit: please check the grammar of "request a measurement task to".

Section 4.2

   different (and incompatible) ways.  Having a registry would allow
   both the IETF community and external people to have a single list of

nit: I suggest rephrasing "external people" as needlessly divisive;
perhaps "other communities"?

Section 7

   form of registry extension.  The specification defining the new
   column(s) MUST give guidelines to populate the new column(s) for
   existing entries (in general).

Is "MUST (in general)" really still a "MUST"?

Section 7.1.2

         RTDelay (Round Trip Delay)

         RTDNS (Response Time Domain Name Service)

It's slightly unfortunate that "RT" expands to both "Round Trip" and
"Response Time".

   o  SubTypeMethod: One or more sub-types to further describe the
      features of the entry, such as:

         ICMP (Internet Control Message Protocol)

         IP (Internet Protocol)

         DSCPxx (where xx is replaced by a Diffserv code point)

I thought Diffserv code point interpretation was a local matter; is it
really appropriate in the metric definition?

Section 7.3.5

   devices.  For example, parameters that include an IPv4 address can be
   encoded as a 32 bit integer (i.e. binary base64 encoded value) or ip-
   address as defined in [RFC6991].  The actual encoding(s) used must be

nit: YANG types are specified distinctly from their possible encodings;
indicating an XML or JSON encoded version of the YANG ip-address would
be appropriate here.

   explicitly defined for each Run-time parameter.  IPv6 addresses and
   options MUST be accomodated, allowing Registered Metrics to be used
   in either address family.

nit: is "either" too limiting, here?

Section 8.2

   A change to a Registered Performance Metric SHALL be determined to be
   backward-compatible only when:

Is it better to give the Experts some leeway to do the right thing
rather than locking it down with rigid procedures?

Section 8.3

   The use of deprecated Registered Performance Metrics should result in
   a log entry or human-readable warning by the respective application.

Taken literally this would require any measurement agent to query IANA
before performing every measurement, to confirm that the metric being
used is not deprecated.  Presumably some less-frequent polling
frequencey would still be acceptable!

Section 10.2

   reviewed along with the metric entry.  New assignments for Registered
   Performance Metric Name Elements will be administered by IANA through
   Expert Review [RFC8126], i.e., review by one of a group of experts,
   the Performance Metric Experts, who are appointed by the IESG upon
   recommendation of the Transport Area Directors.

It's not entirely clear to me that we need to go into this much detail
when RFC 8126 covers it already.  (Also elsewhere.)

Section 11.1.3

Please use https:// URIs.

Section 13.2

One might argue that RFC 7799 should be normative, since we defer to it
for the allowed valuse for the Method column.

(Suresh Krishnan) No Objection

Warren Kumari No Objection

Comment (2019-12-03 for -22)
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Why, oh why didn't I read this before draft-ietf-ippm-initial-registry? 'twould have made things much simpler :-)

(Barry Leiba) No Objection

Comment (2019-12-04 for -22)
I support Álvaro’s second DISCUSS point and the related issues he lists after it.

I also think we should resolve Álvaro’s first DISCUSS point by simply putting a note in the IANA Considerations in this document that refers to the other document as providing initial registrations, and not waste time and effort doing a formal expert review of registrations that the working group has already reviewed and accepted here.

(Alexey Melnikov) No Objection

Alvaro Retana (was Discuss) No Objection

Comment (2019-12-05 for -22)
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Thanks for addressing my DISCUSS.

(Adam Roach) No Objection

Martin Vigoureux No Objection

Comment (2019-12-03 for -22)
Thank you for this document.

I only have a couple of comment/questions, and found few nits while reading.

   Performance Metrics Registry MAY use the same
I'm not sure 2119/8174 language is needed here.

I'm not sure to understand the Version (of Registry Format) column. All entries will have the same number there, right?
If this RFC-to-be is updated I guess we'll change to version 2. What shall happen to existing entries, will they keep Version=1 or adopt Version=2?

s/in order to included/in order to be included/

   As any IETF registry, the primary use for a registry is to manage a
   registry for its use within one or more protocols.
This sentence seems a bit hard to parse

s/other form of Performance Metric/other form of Performance Measurement/ ?

Éric Vyncke No Objection

Comment (2019-12-03 for -22)
Thank you for the work put into this document. It is quite extensive (I even wonder whether it was useful to indicate the motivations for the registry).

There are a couple of COMMENTs below; feel free to ignore them but I would appreciate if you replied.




-- Section 5 --
"interpretable by the user." who is the user in this case? (I have my guess of course but let's try to be clear)

Why specifying "implementable by the **software** designer," ? I.e., are HW designers out of scope ?

"accurate" is also quite vague

Also a couple of nits in the section about ',' or '.' and upper/lower case characters.

-- Section 6.1 --
s/will/should/ in "Why this Attempt Will Succeed" ? ;-)

-- Section 7 --
The table part below is quite unclear at first and second reading. Worth re-wording ?
Column |  Column |
Or perhaps use a tree form (à la YANG module tree) ?

-- Section 7.1..2 --
Probably worth mentioning "such as and not limited to" rather than "such as" ?

It is also unclear how the MetricType, Method, ... can be extended.

-- Section 11.1.3. --
Should the URL be an https:// one ?

(Magnus Westerlund) No Objection