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Multicast Monitoring on RIPE NCC Test Traffic Boxes

This policy proposal has been withdrawn
Publication date
Draft document
Multicast Monitoring on RIPE NCC Test Traffic Boxes
Proposal Version
2.0 - 20 Apr 2006
All Versions
09 May 2006
State Discription
During the discussion phase, the working group decided that the RIPE NCC should do the work and that there was no need to complete the full PDP cycle for this proposal
Working Group
Test Traffic Working Group
Proposal type
  • Modify
Policy term

This proposal is to add functionality to the Test Traffic Measurement (TTM) service that allows for testing of multicast-capable networks.

a. Arguments supporting the proposal:

The RIPE NCC test-boxes form a very useful measurement platform, distributed over a large number of provider networks.

IP Multicast monitoring is inherently difficult, as you cannot easily probe connectivity from a single point of view - some problems need testing and monitoring from multiple different locations to identify "black holes" on some paths.

Troubleshooting connectivity issues that span multiple networks is easier if a neutral entity does the monitoring and pinpoints problem areas.

I think the RIPE NCC Test Traffic network is uniquely qualified to do this.

An informal poll on the Test Traffic Working Group mailing list has shown that there are a fair number of current test-box hosts interested in this feature.

b. Arguments opposing the proposal:
Some arguments have been brought forward that there are not enough multicast-capable networks to make this a worthwile action.