Re: [Dime] Proposed resolutions of LOAD discussion

Maria Cruz Bartolome <maria.cruz.bartolome@ericsson.com> Fri, 23 September 2016 12:33 UTC

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Subject: Re: [Dime] Proposed resolutions of LOAD discussion
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Hello all,

The importance of the "relative" value is not only to provide a value in a range from 0-65535, but that this value is coordinated with the different nodes among which the request could be load-balanced.
The 0-65535 could identify a capacity value for a single Diameter node, but if it does not take into account rest of nodes it will be useless.
As we explained, for an small node, its maximum of capacity (i.e. 65535) could mean a very little capacity compared to a "big" server, even when that server indicates an e.g. low capacity value (e.g. 1000). 
Then, it is key to explain that, and it was what we agreed to include in the doc.

Then, my proposal would be the following:

"The calculated LOAD value MUST reflect the reporting Diameter 
node's capacity relative to the maximum capacity of a Diameter node 
in the group of nodes the messages are load balanced.

Note: The LOAD value should be calculated in a way that reflects the  
available load independently of the weight of each server.  This 
allows the Diameter node that routes a request, including nodes doing 
server selection and agents routing requests, to accurately compare 
values from different nodes.  Any specific LOAD value needs to 
identify  the same amount of available capacity, regardless the Diameter node that calculates the value.

The mechanism used to calculate the LOAD value that fulfils this  requirement is an implementation decision."

I hope this could get agreeable.
Best regards
/MCruz

-----Original Message-----
From: lionel.morand@orange.com [mailto:lionel.morand@orange.com] 
Sent: miércoles, 21 de septiembre de 2016 22:29
To: Maria Cruz Bartolome; Steve Donovan; dime@ietf.org
Subject: RE: [Dime] Proposed resolutions of LOAD discussion

Hi Maria Cruz,

"Relative" could also be simply understood as the fact that it is not an absolute value but a value defined in comparison of arbitrary values fixing a finite range ("0-65535"). At least it is how I have interpreted so far.

And I thought that the remaining point was on how to calculate to determine this value.
I think that the clarification could be that this value reflects either the capacity of the reporting node (when processing the request and generating the answer e.g. server) or its forwarding capacity (when acting as an relay/proxy). And the forwarding case obviously depends on the upstream load capacity.

And this this what I have tried to summarize in:

"The calculated LOAD value MUST indicate the relative capacity of a Diameter node to process or forward subsequent request messages. The method for determining the total available capacity is outside of the scope of this document.

NOTE: When the reporting node is not a server, the LOAD value reflects not only the capacity of the reporting node but also the total capacity of the Diameter nodes to which requests can be forwarded."

> -----Message d'origine-----
> De : Maria Cruz Bartolome [mailto:maria.cruz.bartolome@ericsson.com]
> Envoyé : mardi 20 septembre 2016 09:32 À : MORAND Lionel IMT/OLN; 
> Steve Donovan; dime@ietf.org Objet : RE: [Dime] Proposed resolutions 
> of LOAD discussion
> 
> Hello Lionel,
> 
> We need to clarify "relative to what". This is the part we are rephrasing.
> 
> Anyway, I will keep NOTE by Steve:
> 
> Note: The LOAD value should be calculated in a way that reflects the  
> available load independently of the weight of each server.  This 
> allows the Diameter node that routes a request, including nodes doing 
> server selection and agents routing requests, to accurately compare 
> values from different nodes.  Any specific LOAD value needs to 
> identify  the same amount of available capacity, regardless the Diameter node that calculates the value.
> The mechanism used to calculate the LOAD value that fulfils this 
> requirement is an implementation decision.
> 
> 
> Cheers
> /MCruz
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: lionel.morand@orange.com [mailto:lionel.morand@orange.com]
> Sent: martes, 20 de septiembre de 2016 0:01
> To: Maria Cruz Bartolome; Steve Donovan; dime@ietf.org
> Subject: RE: [Dime] Proposed resolutions of LOAD discussion
> 
> Hi,
> 
> I was wondering if we could simplify in a way that would be 
> understandable for anyone outside the current discussion.
> 
> Is something missing in the following text?
> 
> "The calculated LOAD value MUST indicate the relative capacity of a 
> Diameter node to process or forward subsequent request messages. The 
> method for determining the total available capacity is outside of the 
> scope of this document.
> 
> NOTE: When the reporting node is not a server, the LOAD value reflects 
> not only the capacity of the reporting node but also the total 
> capacity of the Diameter nodes to which requests can be forwarded."
> 
> Lionel
> 
> > -----Message d'origine-----
> > De : DiME [mailto:dime-bounces@ietf.org] De la part de Maria Cruz 
> > Bartolome Envoyé : lundi 19 septembre 2016 20:45 À : Steve Donovan; 
> > dime@ietf.org Objet : Re: [Dime] Proposed resolutions of LOAD 
> > discussion
> >
> > Hello Steve,
> >
> > See proposal:
> >
> > "The calculated LOAD value MUST reflect the reporting Diameter 
> > node's capacity relative to the maximum capacity for a Diameter node 
> > in the group of nodes the messages are load balanced".
> >
> > I removed "available" because it may be misinterpreted as "available 
> > at a moment in time", what is not right, it is just the maximum 
> > capacity it is offered, it can be reached.
> > "for a Diameter node": in order to indicate that it is the maximum 
> > capacity of "any" of the Diameter nodes, what a Diameter node is 
> > normally
> offering.
> > But we can limit that to the group of nodes that are receivers of messages, i.e.
> > the load-balancing group.
> >
> > Does it make sense to you?
> > Thanks Steve
> >
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Steve Donovan [mailto:srdonovan@usdonovans.com]
> > Sent: lunes, 19 de septiembre de 2016 20:35
> > To: Maria Cruz Bartolome; dime@ietf.org
> > Subject: Re: [Dime] Proposed resolutions of LOAD discussion
> >
> > Actually, looking at it again, I think the following wording is needed:
> >
> > "The calculated LOAD value MUST reflect the reporting Diameter 
> > node's capacity relative to the maximum available capacity for the 
> > set of Diameter nodes that are potential receiving nodes for the 
> > future messages covered by the LOAD report."
> >
> > We probably need some words on what the set of Diameter nodes 
> > comprises, as it is different for HOST reports and PEER reports.
> >
> > Does this work?
> >
> > Steve
> >
> > On 9/19/16 12:11 PM, Maria Cruz Bartolome wrote:
> > > Hello Steve,
> > >
> > > Thanks for the clarification
> > > I still think the last part of the sentence is misleading: "...
> > > relative to the
> > maximum available capacity for the reporting Diameter node ".
> > >
> > > It should be "... relative to the maximum available capacity for a 
> > > reporting
> > Diameter node".
> > >
> > > The reasoning is that it should be relative to the maximum 
> > > capacity not of that
> > particular reporting node, but any of the nodes. That is, if we use 
> > SRV to provide the load value, the maximum load is 65535, but a 
> > particular node may just have a maximum capacity of e.g. 4000. Then 
> > the load value of this reporting node should be relative not to 4000 
> > but to 65535, and it should be done the same for all nodes, in a way 
> > that the
> load is then comparable by the reacting node.
> > > Is my point clearer now?
> > > The NOTE you wrote clarified that point in fact.
> > >
> > > Best regards
> > > /MCruz
> > >
> > > -----Original Message-----
> > > From: Steve Donovan [mailto:srdonovan@usdonovans.com]
> > > Sent: lunes, 19 de septiembre de 2016 19:02
> > > To: Maria Cruz Bartolome; dime@ietf.org
> > > Subject: Re: [Dime] Proposed resolutions of LOAD discussion
> > >
> > > Maria Cruz,
> > >
> > > I think we are saying the same thing.  My original has an 
> > > unfortunate typo and
> > should have read as follows:
> > >
> > > "The calculated LOAD value MUST reflect the sending Diameter 
> > > node's
> > capacity relative to the maximum available capacity for the sending 
> > Diameter node."
> > >
> > > In thinking about this, the word sending might also not be clear 
> > > enough.  We
> > might want to use the reporting node instead.  This would change it 
> > to the
> > following:
> > >
> > > "The calculated LOAD value MUST reflect the reporting Diameter 
> > > node's
> > capacity relative to the maximum available capacity for the 
> > reporting Diameter node."
> > >
> > > Regards,
> > >
> > > Steve
> > >
> > > On 9/2/16 4:56 AM, Maria Cruz Bartolome wrote:
> > >> Hello Steve,
> > >>
> > >> Thanks for the proposal.
> > >> I still think the text is a bit misleading:
> > >>
> > >> "The calculated LOAD value MUST reflect the sending Diameter 
> > >> nodes capacity relative to the maximum available capacity for the 
> > >> sending Diameter node."
> > >>
> > >> I think it should be:
> > >> "The calculated LOAD value MUST reflect the sending Diameter node 
> > >> capacity relative to the maximum available capacity for a sending 
> > >> Diameter node."
> > >>
> > >> Reasoning: a node may have a very limited maximum capacity, but 
> > >> the key
> > point is precisely to provide a LOAD value relative to the maximum 
> > value A node may have.
> > >>
> > >> I hope this clarifies
> > >> Thanks
> > >> /MCruz
> > >>
> > >> -----Original Message-----
> > >> From: Steve Donovan [mailto:srdonovan@usdonovans.com]
> > >> Sent: martes, 30 de agosto de 2016 5:59
> > >> To: Maria Cruz Bartolome; dime@ietf.org
> > >> Subject: Re: [Dime] Proposed resolutions of LOAD discussion
> > >>
> > >> Maria Cruz,
> > >>
> > >> Thanks for your comments.  See my replies inline.
> > >>
> > >> Regards,
> > >>
> > >> Steve
> > >>
> > >> On 8/25/16 5:31 PM, Maria Cruz Bartolome wrote:
> > >>> Hello Steve,
> > >>>
> > >>> Thanks for the proposals, see below Best regards /MCruz
> > >>>
> > >>> -----Original Message-----
> > >>> From: DiME [mailto:dime-bounces@ietf.org] On Behalf Of Steve 
> > >>> Donovan
> > >>> Sent: martes, 16 de agosto de 2016 16:50
> > >>> To: dime@ietf.org
> > >>> Subject: [Dime] Proposed resolutions of LOAD discussion
> > >>>
> > >>> All,
> > >>>
> > >>> I have outlined proposed solutions for the issues raised in the 
> > >>> discussion
> > around the Diameter Load draft.
> > >>>
> > >>> Please let me know if I've missed anything from the discussion.
> > >>>
> > >>> Regards,
> > >>>
> > >>> Steve
> > >>>
> > >>> Primary Issues:
> > >>>
> > >>> 1) Use of DNS SRV weighted value as format for LOAD value.
> > >>>
> > >>> This was discussed and agreed to early in the process.  It has 
> > >>> the advantage
> > that Diameter nodes can use a combination of values received via the 
> > DNS SRV interface and dynamic values received through the Diameter 
> > LOAD
> interface.
> > While I agree that it isn't as intuitive as a straight percentage 
> > value, I don't see this as compelling enough of a reason to change a 
> > decision the working group has already made.
> > >>> [MCruz] I still think using SRV values is error prone and 
> > >>> anti-intuitive, but I
> > can live with this if you really think it is not possible to re-evaluate this now.
> > >> SRD> I haven't seen any argument that using the SRV values 
> > >> SRD> doesn't
> > >> work.  As such, I prefer to not change this at this stage of the process.
> > >>> 2) Need to add wording that the calculated LOAD value needs to 
> > >>> be based
> > on overall available capacity.
> > >>>
> > >>> I agree with Maria Cruz's comment that we need to add wording 
> > >>> indicating
> > that the calculated LOAD value needs to reflect available capacity.
> > To this end, I propose adding the following to section 6.1 (this is 
> > based on wording proposed by Maria Cruz):
> > >>>
> > >>> The calculated LOAD value MUST reflect the Diameter nodes 
> > >>> capacity
> > relative to the total available capacity across the Diameter nodes 
> > to which requests can be routed.  This could be either a set of 
> > Diameter endpoints or a set of Diameter agents, depending on the 
> > type of the LOAD report.  The method for determining the total 
> > available capacity is outside of the scope of this document.
> > >>>
> > >>>        Note: The LOAD value should be calculated in a way that 
> > >>> reflects the
> > available load independently of the weight of each
> > >>>        server.  This allows the Diameter node that routes a 
> > >>> request, including
> > nodes doing server selection and agents routing
> > >>>        requests, to accurately compare values from different 
> > >>> nodes.  Any
> > specific LOAD value needs to identify  the same
> > >>>        amount of available capacity, regardless the Diameter 
> > >>> node that
> > calculates the value.
> > >>>
> > >>> The mechanism used to calculate the LOAD value that fulfills 
> > >>> this
> > requirement is an implementation decision.
> > >>>
> > >>>
> > >>> [MCruz] Some comments to proposed text:
> > >>> " The calculated LOAD value MUST reflect the Diameter nodes 
> > >>> capacity
> > relative to the total available capacity across the Diameter nodes 
> > to which requests can be routed. ": I think it may be misleading 
> > what is the "total available capacity across nodes".
> > >>> See proposal:
> > >>> " The calculated LOAD value MUST reflect each Diameter node 
> > >>> capacity
> > relative to the maximum available capacity for a Diameter node to 
> > which requests can be routed."
> > >> SRD> This wording could imply that the LOAD value carries load
> > >> information for multiple Diameter nodes.  How about the following:
> > >>
> > >> "The calculated LOAD value MUST reflect the sending Diameter 
> > >> nodes capacity relative to the maximum available capacity for the 
> > >> sending Diameter node."
> > >>
> > >>> 3) Wording in Appendix A.
> > >>>
> > >>> Before we reword Appendix A, we need to decide if it is still needed.
> > >>> It was valuable in helping to generate the solution but I'm not 
> > >>> convinced it is
> > still needed in the document.  Is there objection to removing this section?
> > >>>
> > >>> [MCruz] I prefer this to remain, it provides some hints that may 
> > >>> be valuable
> > for first time readers.
> > >> SRD> I'd like to hear other opinions on this as there is work 
> > >> SRD> required
> > >> to make the section consistent with the mechanism defined.
> > >> Implementors will still have access to this information by 
> > >> reviewing the history of the process of writing the specification.
> > >>
> > >> SRD> Are there schedule pressures in 3GPP to get this to RFC state?
> > >> SRD> If
> > >> so, it will be faster to just remove this section.
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