RE: Tsvart last call review of draft-ietf-6man-ipv6-alt-mark-06

Giuseppe Fioccola <> Wed, 16 June 2021 14:05 UTC

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Dear Yoshi,
Thanks a lot for your review.
Please find my answers inline tagged as [GF].



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Subject: Tsvart last call review of draft-ietf-6man-ipv6-alt-mark-06

Reviewer: Yoshifumi Nishida
Review result: On the Right Track

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Summary: I think this document is on the right track, but it needs to address
                   the following points to be published as a PS document.

1: I think the doc should provide a high-level view of the usage of this
   method. For example, it is not clear to me how measurement nodes interact
   each other, exchange and compare information, etc. If it is provided in 
   other documents, it should be referred.

[GF]: Sure, this is the base document on the data plane. We are already working on some documents for the control plane mechanisms, e.g. draft-ietf-idr-sr-policy-ifit, draft-chen-pce-pcep-ifit. They will be referred in the next version.

2: Section 5.1: "By counting the number of packets in each batch and
   comparing the values measured by different network nodes along the path,
   it is possible to measure the packet loss occurred in any single batch
   between any two nodes."

    -> It is not clear to me how two nodes exchanges the measured counts.
       This point should be clarified even if if it's out-of-scope of the

[GF]: In the implementation the counters can be sent out to the controllers that is responsible of the calculation. Anyway it is also possible to exchange this information by using other on-path techniques. We will add more details in the next version but the detailed description will be done in a separate document.

3: Section 5.1: "In a few words this implies that the length of the batches
   MUST be chosen large enough so that the method is not affected by those

    -> It would be better to have recommended length values here.
       At least, it would be better to provide some guidances to decide
       the value.

[GF]: Agree. I will add a pointer to section 3.2 of RFC 8321, where it is possible to find the guidance to and in particular the mathematical formulation to decide the value.

4: Section 5.1:
   Can we change the length of batch in the middle of data transfer?
   Also, is there any concerns to use different length for each flow?
   I think it would be better to specify on these points.

[GF]: In theory it is possible. It is up to the implementation. The length of batches can be changed over time and among different flows. It could complicate the correlation of the information but it can be done to allow a flexible monitoring. We can specify these aspects.

5: Section 5.2:
   I am wondering if this approach requires time sync between nodes or not.
   This point should be clarified.

[GF]: As explained in section 4.1 of RFC 8321, the Alternate Marking technique does not require a strong synchronization. In section 3.2 of RFC 8321 it is reported the condition that must be satisfied on the synchronization accuracy. I'm thinking to add a pointer or summarize the concept in this document as well.

6: Section 5.2:
   "Whenever the L bit changes and a new batch starts, a network node
   can store the timestamp of the first packet of the new batch, that
   timestamp can be compared with the timestamp of the first packet of the
   same batch on a second node to compute packet delay."

     -> It is not clear to me how two nodes compare the stored timestamps.
        This point should be clarified.

[GF]: It is similar to the case of packet loss. In the implementation the timestamps can be sent out to the controllers that is responsible of the calculation or could also be exchanged using other on-path techniques. We will add more details here too.

7: Section 5.2:
   What's the benefits for using the approach described in 1.?
   The use cases for it should be described.

[GF]: The approach with double marking is better but we also mention the single marking for the sake of completeness. I can explain this and we can also highlight that the two approaches can also be combined to have more information.