Request for Comments: 3158
RTP Testing Strategies
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This memo describes a possible testing strategy for RTP (real-time transport protocol) implementations.
Table of Contents
1 Introduction. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 2 End systems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 2.1 Media transport . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 2.2 RTP Header Extension . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 2.3 Basic RTCP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 2.3.1 Sender and receiver reports . . . . . . . . 4 2.3.2 RTCP source description packets . . . . . . 6 2.3.3 RTCP BYE packets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 2.3.4 Application defined RTCP packets . . . . . . 7 2.4 RTCP transmission interval . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 2.4.1 Basic Behavior . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 2.4.2 Step join backoff . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 2.4.3 Steady State Behavior . . . . . . . . . . 11 2.4.4 Reverse Reconsideration . . . . . . . . . 12 2.4.5 BYE Reconsideration . . . . . . . . . . . 13 2.4.6 Timing out members . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 2.4.7 Rapid SR's . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 3 RTP translators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 4 RTP mixers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 5 SSRC collision detection. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 6 SSRC Randomization. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 7 Security Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 8 Authors' Addresses. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 9 References. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Full Copyright Statement. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
This memo describes a possible testing strategy for RTP  implementations. The tests are intended to help demonstrate interoperability of multiple implementations, and to illustrate common implementation errors. They are not intended to be an exhaustive set of tests and passing these tests does not necessarily imply conformance to the complete RTP specification.
2 End systems
The architecture for testing RTP end systems is shown in Figure 1.
+-----------------+ +--------+ Test instrument +-----+ | +-----------------+ | | | +-------+--------+ +-------+--------+ | First RTP | | Second RTP | | implementation | | implementation | +----------------+ +----------------+
Figure 1: Testing architecture
Both RTP implementations send packets to the test instrument, which forwards packets from one implementation to the other. Unless otherwise specified, packets are forwarded with no additional delay and without loss. The test instrument is required to delay or discard packets in some of the tests. The test instrument is invisible to the RTP implementations - it merely simulates poor network conditions.
The test instrument is also capable of logging packet contents for inspection of their correctness.
A typical test setup might comprise three machines on a single Ethernet segment. Two of these machines run the RTP implementations, the third runs the test instrument. The test instrument is an application level packet forwarder. Both RTP implementations are instructed to send unicast RTP packets to the test instrument, which forwards packets between them.
2.1 Media transport
The aim of these tests is to show that basic media flows can be exchanged between the two RTP implementations. The initial test is for the first RTP implementation to transmit and the second to receive. If this succeeds, the process is reversed, with the second implementation sending and the first receiving.
The receiving application should be able to handle the following edge cases, in addition to normal operation:
- Verify reception of packets which contain padding.
- Verify reception of packets which have the marker bit set
- Verify correct operation during sequence number wrap-around.
- Verify correct operation during timestamp wrap-around.
- Verify that the implementation correctly differentiates packets according to the payload type field.
- Verify that the implementation ignores packets with unsupported payload types
- Verify that the implementation can playout packets containing a CSRC list and non-zero CC field (see section 4).
The sending application should be verified to correctly handle the following edge cases:
- If padding is used, verify that the padding length indicator (last octet of the packet) is correctly set and that the length of the data section of the packet corresponds to that of this particular payload plus the padding.
- Verify correct handling of the M bit, as defined by the profile.
- Verify that the SSRC is chosen randomly.
- Verify that the initial value of the sequence number is randomly selected.
- Verify that the sequence number increments by one for each packet sent.
- Verify correct operation during sequence number wrap-around.
- Verify that the initial value of the timestamp is randomly selected.
- Verify correct increment of timestamp (dependent on the payload format).
- Verify correct operation during timestamp wrap-around.
- Verify correct choice of payload type according to the chosen payload format, profile and any session level control protocol.
2.2 RTP Header Extension
An RTP implementation which does not use an extended header should be able to process packets containing an extension header by ignoring the extension.
If an implementation makes use of the header extension, it should be verified that the profile specific field and the length field of the extension are set correctly, and that the length of the packet is consistent.
2.3 Basic RTCP
An RTP implementation is required to send RTCP control packets in addition to data packets. The architecture for testing basic RTCP functions is that shown in Figure 1.
2.3.1 Sender and receiver reports
The first test requires both implementations to be run, but neither sends data. It should be verified that RTCP packets are generated by each implementation, and that those packets are correctly received by the other implementation. It should also be verified that:
- all RTCP packets sent are compound packets
- all RTCP compound packets start with an empty RR packet
- all RTCP compound packets contain an SDES CNAME packet
The first implementation should then be made to transmit data packets. It should be verified that that implementation now generates SR packets in place of RR packets, and that the second application now generates RR packets containing a single report block. It should be verified that these SR and RR packets are correctly received. The following features of the SR packets should also be verified:
- that the length field is consistent with both the length of the packet and the RC field
- that the SSRC in SR packets is consistent with that in the RTP data packets
- that the NTP timestamp in the SR packets is sensible (matches the wall clock time on the sending machine)
- that the RTP timestamp in the SR packets is consistent with that in the RTP data packets
- that the packet and octet count fields in the SR packets are consistent with the number of RTP data packets transmitted
In addition, the following features of the RR packets should also be verified:
- that the SSRC in the report block is consistent with that in the data packets being received
- that the fraction lost is zero
- that the cumulative number of packets lost is zero
- that the extended highest sequence number received is consistent with the data packets being received (provided the round trip time between test instrument and receiver is smaller than the packet inter-arrival time, this can be directly checked by the test instrument).
- that the interarrival jitter is small (a precise value cannot be given, since it depends on the test instrument and network conditions, but very little jitter should be present in this scenario).
- that the last sender report timestamp is consistent with that in the SR packets (i.e., each RR passing through the test instrument should contain the middle 32 bits from the 64 bit NTP timestamp of the last SR packet which passed through the test instrument in the opposite direction).
- that the delay since last SR field is sensible (an estimate may be made by timing the passage of an SR and corresponding RR through the test instrument, this should closely agree with the DLSR field)
It should also be verified that the timestamps, packet count and octet count correctly wrap-around after the appropriate interval.
The next test is to show behavior in the presence of packet loss. The first implementation is made to transmit data packets, which are received by the second implementation. This time, however, the test instrument is made to randomly drop a small fraction (1% is suggested) of the data packets. The second implementation should be able to receive the data packets and process them in a normal manner (with, of course, some quality degradation). The RR packets should show a loss fraction corresponding to the drop rate of the test instrument and should show an increasing cumulative number of packets lost.
The loss rate in the test instrument is then returned to zero and it is made to delay each packet by some random amount (the exact amount depends on the media type, but a small fraction of the average interarrival time is reasonable). The effect of this should be to increase the reported interarrival jitter in the RR packets.
If these tests succeed, the process should be repeated with the second implementation transmitting and the first receiving.
2.3.2 RTCP source description packets
Both implementations should be run, but neither is required to transmit data packets. The RTCP packets should be observed and it should be verified that each compound packet contains an SDES packet, that that packet contains a CNAME item and that the CNAME is chosen according to the rules in the RTP specification and profile (in many cases the CNAME should be of the form `firstname.lastname@example.org' but this may be overridden by a profile definition).
If an application supports additional SDES items then it should be verified that they are sent in addition to the CNAME with some SDES packets (the exact rate at which these additional items are included is dependent on the application and profile).
It should be verified that an implementation can correctly receive NAME, EMAIL, PHONE, LOC, NOTE, TOOL and PRIV items, even if it does not send them. This is because it may reasonably be expected to interwork with other implementations which support those items. Receiving and ignoring such packets is valid behavior.
It should be verified that an implementation correctly sets the length fields in the SDES items it sends, and that the source count and packet length fields are correct. It should be verified that SDES fields are not zero terminated.
It should be verified that an implementation correctly receives SDES items which do not terminate in a zero byte.
2.3.3 RTCP BYE packets
Both implementations should be run, but neither is required to transmit data packets. The first implementation is then made to exit and it should be verified that an RTCP BYE packet is sent. It should be verified that the second implementation reacts to this BYE packet and notes that the first implementation has left the session.
If the test succeeds, the implementations should be restarted and the process repeated with the second implementation leaving the session.
It should be verified that implementations handle BYE packets containing the optional reason for leaving text (ignoring the text is acceptable).
2.3.4 Application defined RTCP packets
Tests for the correct response to application defined packets are difficult to specify, since the response is clearly implementation dependent. It should be verified that an implementation ignores APP packets where the 4 octet name field is unrecognized. Implementations which use APP packets should verify that they behave as expected.
2.4 RTCP transmission interval
The basic architecture for performing tests of the RTCP transmission interval is shown in Figure 2.
The test instrument is connected to the same LAN as the RTP implementation being tested. It is assumed that the test instrument is preconfigured with the addresses and ports used by the RTP implementation, and is also aware of the RTCP bandwidth and sender/receiver fractions. The tests can be conducted using either multicast or unicast.
The test instrument must be capable of sending arbitrarily crafted RTP and RTCP packets to the RTP implementation. The test instrument should also be capable of receiving packets sent by the RTP implementation, parsing them, and computing metrics based on those packets.
+--------------+ | test | | instrument | +-----+--------+ | ------+-----------+-------------- LAN | +-------+--------+ | RTP | | implementation | +----------------+ Figure 2: Testing architecture for RTCP
It is furthermore assumed that a number of basic controls over the RTP implementation exist. These controls are:
- the ability to force the implementation to send or not send RTP packets at any desired point in time
- the ability to force the application to terminate its involvement in the RTP session, and for this termination to be known immediately to the test instrument
- the ability to set the session bandwidth and RTCP sender and receiver fractions
The second of these is required only for the test of BYE reconsideration, and is the only aspect of these tests not easily implementable by pure automation. It will generally require manual intervention to terminate the session from the RTP implementation and to convey this to the test instrument through some non-RTP means.
2.4.1 Basic Behavior
The first test is to verify basic correctness of the implementation of the RTCP transmission rules. This basic behavior consists of:
- periodic transmission of RTCP packets
- randomization of the interval for RTCP packet transmission
- correct implementation of the randomization interval computations, with unconditional reconsideration
The RTP implementation acts as a receiver, and never sends any RTP data packets. The implementation is configured with a large session bandwidth, say 1 Mbit/s. This will cause the implementation to use the minimal interval of 5s rather than the small interval based on the session bandwidth and membership size. The implementation will generate RTCP packets at this minimal interval, on average. The test instrument generates no packets, but receives the RTCP packets generated by the implementation. When an RTCP packet is received, the time is noted by the test instrument. The difference in time between each pair of subsequent packets (called the interval) is computed. These intervals are stored, so that statistics based on these intervals can be computed. It is recommended that this observation process operate for at least 20 minutes.
An implementation passes this test if the intervals have the following properties:
- the minimum interval is never less than 2 seconds or more than 2.5 seconds;
- the maximum interval is never more than 7 seconds or less than 5.5 seconds;
- the average interval is between 4.5 and 5.5 seconds;
- the number of intervals between x and x+500ms is less than the number of intervals between x+500ms and x+1s, for any x.
In particular, an implementation fails if the packets are sent with a constant interval.
2.4.2 Step join backoff
The main purpose of the reconsideration algorithm is to avoid a flood of packets that might occur when a large number of users simultaneously join an RTP session. Reconsideration therefore exhibits a backoff behavior in sending of RTCP packets when group sizes increase. This aspect of the algorithm can be tested in the following manner.
The implementation begins operation. The test instrument waits for the arrival of the first RTCP packet. When it arrives, the test instrument notes the time and then immediately sends 100 RTCP RR packets to the implementation, each with a different SSRC and SDES CNAME. The test instrument should ensure that each RTCP packet is of the same length. The instrument should then wait until the next RTCP packet is received from the implementation, and the time of such reception is noted.
Without reconsideration, the next RTCP packet will arrive within a short period of time. With reconsideration, transmission of this packet will be delayed. The earliest it can arrive depends on the RTCP session bandwidth, receiver fraction, and average RTCP packet size. The RTP implementation should be using the exponential averaging algorithm defined in the specification to compute the average RTCP packet size. Since this is dominated by the received packets (the implementation has only sent one itself), the average will be roughly equal to the length of the RTCP packets sent by the test instrument. Therefore, the minimum amount of time between the first and second RTCP packets from the implementation is:
T > 101 * S / ( B * Fr * (e-1.5) * 2 )
Where S is the size of the RTCP packets sent by the test instrument, B is the RTCP bandwidth (normally five percent of the session bandwidth), Fr is the fraction of RTCP bandwidth allocated to receivers (normally 75 percent), and e is the natural exponent. Without reconsideration, this minimum interval Te would be much smaller:
Te > MAX( [ S / ( B * Fr * (e-1.5) * 2 ) ] , [ 2.5 / (e-1.5) ] )
B should be chosen sufficiently small so that T is around 60 seconds. Reasonable choices for these parameters are B = 950 bits per second, and S = 1024 bits. An implementation passes this test if the interval between packets is not less than T above, and not more than 3 times T.
Note: in all tests the value chosen for B, the RTCP bandwidth, is calculated including the lower layer UDP/IP headers. In a typical IPv4 based implementation, these comprise 28 octets per packet. A common mistake is to forget that these are included when choosing the size of packets to transmit.
The test should be repeated for the case when the RTP implementation is a sender. This is accomplished by having the implementation send RTP packets at least once a second. In this case, the interval between the first and second RTCP packets should be no less than:
T > S / ( B * Fs * (e-1.5) * 2 )
Where Fs is the fraction of RTCP bandwidth allocated to senders, usually 25%. Note that this value of T is significantly smaller than the interval for receivers.
2.4.3 Steady State Behavior
In addition to the basic behavior in section 2.4.1, an implementation should correctly implement a number of other, slightly more advanced features:
- scale the RTCP interval with the group size;
- correctly divide bandwidth between senders and receivers;
- correctly compute the RTCP interval when the user is a sender
The implementation begins operation as a receiver. The test instrument waits for the first RTCP packet from the implementation. When it arrives, the test instrument notes the time, and immediately sends 50 RTCP RR packets and 50 RTCP SR packets to the implementation, each with a different SSRC and SDES CNAME. The test instrument then sends 50 RTP packets, using the 50 SSRC from the RTCP SR packets. The test instrument should ensure that each RTCP packet is of the same length. The instrument should then wait until the next RTCP packet is received from the implementation, and the time of such reception is noted. The difference between the reception of the RTCP packet and the reception of the previous is computed and stored. In addition, after every RTCP packet reception, the 100 RTCP and 50 RTP packets are retransmitted by the test instrument. This ensures that the sender and member status of the 100 users does not time out. The test instrument should collect the interval measurements figures for at least 100 RTCP packets.
With 50 senders, the implementation should not try to divide the RTCP bandwidth between senders and receivers, but rather group all users together and divide the RTCP bandwidth equally. The test is deemed successful if the average RTCP interval is within 5% of:
T = 101* S/B
Where S is the size of the RTCP packets sent by the test instrument, and B is the RTCP bandwidth. B should be chosen sufficiently small so that the value of T is on the order of tens of seconds or more. Reasonable values are S=1024 bits and B=3.4 kb/s.
The previous test is repeated. However, the test instrument sends 10 RTP packets instead of 50, and 10 RTCP SR and 90 RTCP RR instead of 50 of each. In addition, the implementation is made to send at least one RTP packet between transmission of every one of its own RTCP packets.
In this case, the average RTCP interval should be within 5% of:
T = 11 * S / (B * Fs)
Where S is the size of the RTCP packets sent by the test instrument, B is the RTCP bandwidth, and Fs is the fraction of RTCP bandwidth allocated for senders (normally 25%). The values for B and S should be chosen small enough so that T is on the order of tens of seconds. Reasonable choices are S=1024 bits and B=1.5 kb/s.
2.4.4 Reverse Reconsideration
The reverse reconsideration algorithm is effectively the opposite of the normal reconsideration algorithm. It causes the RTCP interval to be reduced more rapidly in response to decreases in the group membership. This is advantageous in that it keeps the RTCP information as fresh as possible, and helps avoids some premature timeout problems.
In the first test, the implementation joins the session as a receiver. As soon as the implementation sends its first RTCP packet, the test instrument sends 100 RTCP RR packets, each of the same length S, and a different SDES CNAME and SSRC in each. It then waits for the implementation to send another RTCP packet. Once it does, the test instrument sends 100 BYE packets, each one containing a different SSRC, but matching an SSRC from one of the initial RTCP packets. Each BYE should also be the same size as the RTCP packets sent by the test instrument. This is easily accomplished by using a BYE reason to pad out the length. The time of the next RTCP packet from the implementation is then noted. The delay T between this (the third RTCP packet) and the previous should be no more than:
T < 3 * S / (B * Fr * (e-1.5) * 2)
Where S is the size of the RTCP and BYE packets sent by the test instrument, B is the RTCP bandwidth, Fr is the fraction of the RTCP bandwidth allocated to receivers, and e is the natural exponent. B should be chosen such that T is on the order of tens of seconds. A reasonable choice is S=1024 bits and B=168 bits per second.
This test demonstrates basic correctness of implementation. An implementation without reverse reconsideration will not send its next RTCP packet for nearly 100 times as long as the above amount.
In the second test, the implementation joins the session as a receiver. As soon as it sends its first RTCP packet, the test instrument sends 100 RTCP RR packets, each of the same length S, followed by 100 BYE packets, also of length S. Each RTCP packet carries a different SDES CNAME and SSRC, and is matched with precisely one BYE packet with the same SSRC. This will cause the implementation to see a rapid increase and then rapid drop in group membership.
The test is deemed successful if the next RTCP packet shows up T seconds after the first, and T is within:
2.5 / (e-1.5) < T < 7.5 / (e-1.5)
This tests correctness of the maintenance of the pmembers variable. An incorrect implementation might try to execute reverse reconsideration every time a BYE is received, as opposed to only when the group membership drops below pmembers. If an implementation did this, it would end up sending an RTCP packet immediately after receiving the stream of BYE's. For this test to work, B must be chosen to be a large value, around 1Mb/s.
2.4.5 BYE Reconsideration
The BYE reconsideration algorithm works in much the same fashion as regular reconsideration, except applied to BYE packets. When a user leaves the group, instead of sending a BYE immediately, it may delay transmission of its BYE packet if others are sending BYE's.
The test for correctness of this algorithm is as follows. The RTP implementation joins the group as a receiver. The test instrument waits for the first RTCP packet. When the test instrument receives this packet, the test instrument immediately sends 100 RTCP RR packets, each of the same length S, and each containing a different SSRC and SDES CNAME. Once the test instrument receives the next RTCP packet from the implementation, the RTP implementation is made to leave the RTP session, and this information is conveyed to the test instrument through some non-RTP means. The test instrument then sends 100 BYE packets, each with a different SSRC, and each matching an SSRC from a previously transmitted RTCP packet. Each of these BYE packets is also of size S. Immediately following the BYE packets, the test instrument sends 100 RTCP RR packets, using the same SSRC/CNAMEs as the original 100 RTCP packets.
The test is deemed successful if the implementation either never sends a BYE, or if it does, the BYE is received by the test instrument not earlier than T seconds, and not later than 3 * T seconds, after the implementation left the session, where T is:
T = 100 * S / ( 2 * (e-1.5) * B )
S is the size of the RTCP and BYE packets, e is the natural exponent, B is the RTCP bandwidth, and Fr is the RTCP bandwidth fraction for receivers. S and B should be chosen so that T is on the order of 50 seconds. A reasonable choice is S=1024 bits and B=1.1 kb/s.
The transmission of the RTCP packets is meant to verify that the implementation is ignoring non-BYE RTCP packets once it decides to leave the group.
2.4.6 Timing out members
Active RTP participants are supposed to send periodic RTCP packets. When a participant leaves the session, they may send a BYE, however this is not required. Furthermore, BYE reconsideration may cause a BYE to never be sent. As a result, participants must time out other participants who have not sent an RTCP packet in a long time. According to the specification, participants who have not sent an RTCP packet in the last 5 intervals are timed out. This test verifies that these timeouts are being performed correctly.
The RTP implementation joins a session as a receiver. The test instrument waits for the first RTCP packet from the implementation. Once it arrives, the test instrument sends 100 RTCP RR packets, each with a different SDES and SSRC, and notes the time. This will cause the implementation to believe that there are now 101 group participants, causing it to increase its RTCP interval. The test instrument continues to monitor the RTCP packets from the implementation. As each RTCP packet is received, the time of its reception is noted, and the interval between RTCP packets is stored. The 100 participants spoofed by the test instrument should eventually time out at the RTP implementation. This should cause the RTCP interval to be reduced to its minimum.
The test is deemed successful if the interval between RTCP packets after the first is no less than:
Ti > 101 * S / ( 2 * (e-1.5) * B * Fr)
and this minimum interval is sustained no later than Td seconds after the transmission of the 100 RR's, where Td is:
Td = 7 * 101 * S / ( B * Fr )
and the interval between RTCP packets after this point is no less than:
Tf > 2.5 / (e-1.5)
For this test to work, B and S must be chosen so Ti is on the order of minutes. Recommended values are S = 1024 bits and B = 1.9 kbps.
2.4.7 Rapid SR's
The minimum interval for RTCP packets can be reduced for large session bandwidths. The reduction applies to senders only. The recommended algorithm for computing this minimum interval is 360 divided by the RTP session bandwidth, in kbps. For bandwidths larger than 72 kbps, this interval is less than 5 seconds.
This test verifies the ability of an implementation to use a lower RTCP minimum interval when it is a sender in a high bandwidth session. The test can only be run on implementations that support this reduction, since it is optional.
The RTP implementation is configured to join the session as a sender. The session is configured to use 360 kbps. If the recommended algorithm for computing the reduced minimum interval is used, the result is a 1 second interval. If the RTP implementation uses a different algorithm, the session bandwidth should be set in such a way to cause the reduced minimum interval to be 1 second.
Once joining the session, the RTP implementation should begin to send both RTP and RTCP packets. The interval between RTCP packets is measured and stored until 100 intervals have been collected.
The test is deemed successful if the smallest interval is no less than 1/2 a second, and the largest interval is no more than 1.5 seconds. The average should be close to 1 second.
3 RTP translators
RTP translators should be tested in the same manner as end systems, with the addition of the tests described in this section.
The architecture for testing RTP translators is shown in Figure 3.
+-----------------+ +--------+ RTP Translator +-----+ | +-----------------+ | | | +-------+--------+ +-------+--------+ | First RTP | | Second RTP | | implementation | | implementation | +----------------+ +----------------+
Figure 3: Testing architecture for translators
The first RTP implementation is instructed to send data to the translator, which forwards the packets to the other RTP implementation, after translating then as desired. It should be verified that the second implementation can playout the translated packets.
It should be verified that the packets received by the second implementation have the same SSRC as those sent by the first implementation. The CC should be zero and CSRC fields should not be present in the translated packets. The other RTP header fields may be rewritten by the translator, depending on the translation being performed, for example
- the payload type should change if the translator changes the encoding of the data
- the timestamp may change if, for example, the encoding, packetisation interval or framerate is changed
- the sequence number may change if the translator merges or splits packets
- padding may be added or removed, in particular if the translator is adding or removing encryption
- the marker bit may be rewritten
If the translator modifies the contents of the data packets it should be verified that the corresponding change is made to the RTCP packets, and that the receivers can correctly process the modified RTCP packets. In particular
- the SSRC is unchanged by the translator
- if the translator changes the data encoding it should also change the octet count field in the SR packets
- if the translator combines multiple data packets into one it should also change the packet count field in SR packets
- if the translator changes the sampling frequency of the data packets it should also change the RTP timestamp field in the SR packets
- if the translator combines multiple data packets into one it should also change the packet loss and extended highest sequence number fields of RR packets flowing back from the receiver (it is legal for the translator to strip the report
blocks and send empty SR/RR packets, but this should only be
done if the transformation of the data is such that the
reception reports cannot sensibly be translated)
- the translator should forward SDES CNAME packets
- the translator may forward other SDES packets
- the translator should forward BYE packets unchanged
- the translator should forward APP packets unchanged
When the translator exits it should be verified to send a BYE packet to each receiver containing the SSRC of the other receiver. The receivers should be verified to correctly process this BYE packet (this is different to the BYE test in section 2.3.3 since multiple SSRCs may be included in each BYE if the translator also sends its own RTCP information).
4 RTP mixers
RTP mixers should be tested in the same manner as end systems, with the addition of the tests described in this section.
The architecture for testing RTP mixers is shown in Figure 4.
The first and second RTP implementations are instructed to send data packets to the RTP mixer. The mixer combines those packets and sends them to the third RTP implementation. The mixer should also process RTCP packets from the other implementations, and should generate its own RTCP reports.
+----------------+ | Second RTP | | implementation | +-------+--------+ | | +-----------+ +-------+ RTP Mixer +-----+ | +-----------+ | | | +-------+--------+ +-------+--------+ | First RTP | | Third RTP | | implementation | | implementation | +----------------+ +----------------+
Figure 4: Testing architecture for mixers
It should be verified that the third RTP implementation can playout the mixed packets. It should also be verified that
- the CC field in the RTP packets received by the third implementation is set to 2
- the RTP packets received by the third implementation contain 2 CSRCs corresponding to the first and second RTP implementations
- the RTP packets received by the third implementation contain an SSRC corresponding to that of the mixer
It should next be verified that the mixer generates SR and RR packets for each cloud. The mixer should generate RR packets in the direction of the first and second implementations, and SR packets in the direction of the third implementation.
It should be verified that the SR packets sent to the third implementation do not reference the first or second implementations, and vice versa.
It should be verified that SDES CNAME information is forwarded across the mixer. Other SDES fields may optionally be forwarded.
Finally, one of the implementations should be quit, and it should be verified that the other implementations see the BYE packet. This implementation should then be restarted and the mixer should be quit. It should be verified that the implementations see both the mixer and the implementations on the other side of the mixer quit (illustrating response to BYE packets containing multiple sources).
5 SSRC collision detection
RTP has provision for the resolution of SSRC collisions. These collisions occur when two different session participants choose the same SSRC. In this case, both participants are supposed to send a BYE, leave the session, and rejoin with a different SSRC, but the same CNAME. The purpose of this test is to verify that this function is present in the implementation.
The test is straightforward. The RTP implementation is made to join the multicast group as a receiver. A test instrument waits for the first RTCP packet. Once it arrives, the test instrument notes the CNAME and SSRC from the RTCP packet. The test instrument then generates an RTCP receiver report. This receiver report contains an SDES chunk with an SSRC matching that of the RTP implementation, but with a different CNAME. At this point, the implementation should send a BYE RTCP packet (containing an SDES chunk with the old SSRC and CNAME), and then rejoin, causing it to send a receiver report containing an SDES chunk, but with a new SSRC and the same CNAME.
The test is deemed successful if the RTP implementation sends the RTCP BYE and RTCP RR as described above within one minute of receiving the colliding RR from the test instrument.
6 SSRC Randomization
According to the RTP specification, SSRC's are supposed to be chosen randomly and uniformly over a 32 bit space. This randomization is beneficial for several reasons:
- It reduces the probability of collisions in large groups.
- It simplifies the process of group sampling  which depends on the uniform distribution of SSRC's across the 32 bit space.
Unfortunately, verifying that a random number has 32 bits of uniform randomness requires a large number of samples. The procedure below gives only a rough validation to the randomness used for generating the SSRC.
The test runs as follows. The RTP implementation joins the group as a receiver. The test instrument waits for the first RTCP packet. It notes the SSRC in this RTCP packet. The test is repeated 2500 times, resulting in a collection of 2500 SSRC.
The are then placed into 25 bins. An SSRC with value X is placed into bin FLOOR(X/(2**32 / 25)). The idea is to break the 32 bit space into 25 regions, and compute the number of SSRC in each region. Ideally, there should be 40 SSRC in each bin. Of course, the actual number in each bin is a random variable whose expectation is 40. With 2500 SSRC, the coefficient of variation of the number of SSRC in a bin is 0.1, which means the number should be between 36 and 44. The test is thus deemed successful if each bin has no less than 30 and no more than 50 SSRC.
Running this test may require substantial amounts of time, particularly if there is no automated way to have the implementation join the session. In such a case, the test can be run fewer times. With 26 tests, half of the SSRC should be less than 2**31, and the other half higher. The coefficient of variation in this case is 0.2, so the test is successful if there are more than 8 SSRC less than 2**31, and less than 26.
In general, if the SSRC is collected N times, and there are B bins, the coefficient of variation of the number of SSRC in each bin is given by:
coeff = SQRT( (B-1)/N )
7 Security Considerations
Implementations of RTP are subject to the security considerations mentioned in the RTP specification  and any applicable RTP profile (e.g., ). There are no additional security considerations implied by the testing strategies described in this memo.
8 Authors' Addresses
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 Schulzrinne, H., Casner, S., Frederick R. and V. Jacobson, "RTP:
A Transport Protocol to Real-Time Applications", Work in Progress (update to RFC 1889), March 2001.
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