The exchange of network measurement and performance data is a common problem for communities that rely on distributed computing methods such as the Grid and dynamic provisioning of network circuits. Work produced in related efforts, such as the Network Measurements Working Group (NM-WG), has provided an extensible mechanism for the representation of these data sets but does not provide guidance for collection, storage, or exchange.
The Network Measurement Control Working Group (NMC-WG) has taken the task of designing flexible protocols to be implemented by software systems that are interested in working with network measurements as encoded by the NM-WG standards. These protocols provide the basic communication recommendations that a service should implement. The recommendations brought forward in this work should not reflect any one implementation: these protocols are kept general and are extensible to many use cases and potential software systems.