Framework for TCP Throughput Testing

This RFC 6349 was published in 2011.

Abstract

This framework describes a practical methodology for measuring end- to-end TCP Throughput in a managed IP network.
The goal is to provide a better indication in regard to user experience.
In this framework, TCP and IP parameters are specified to optimize TCP Throughput.

RFC 6349 introduction

In the network industry, the SLA (Service Level Agreement) provided to business-class customers is generally based upon Layer 2/3 criteria such as bandwidth, latency, packet loss, and delay variations (jitter).
Network providers are coming to the realization that Layer 2/3 testing is not enough to adequately ensure end-users' satisfaction.
In addition to Layer 2/3 testing, this framework recommends a methodology for measuring TCP Throughput in order to provide meaningful results with respect to user experience.

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