On the Cost of Caching Locator/ID Mappings

Fri, 10/05/2007 - 12:01 by Luigi Iannone


Very recent activities in the IETF and in the Routing Research
Group (RRG) of the IRTG focus on defining a new Internet ar-
chitecture, in order to solve scalability issues related to interdo-
main routing. The approach that is being explored is based on
the separation of the end-systems’ addressing space (the identi-
fiers) and the routing locators’ space. This separation is meant
to alleviate the routing burden of the Default Free Zone, but it
implies the need of distributing and storing mappings between
identifiers and locators on caches placed on routers. In this pa-
per we evaluate the cost of maintaining these caches when the
distribution mechanism is based on a pull model. Taking as a
reference the LISP protocol, we base our evaluation on real Net-
flow traces collected on the border router of our campus network.
We thoroughly analyze the impact of the locator/ID separation,
and related cost, showing that there is a trade-off between the
dynamism of the mapping distribution protocol, the demand in
terms of bandwidth, and the size of the caches.

Luigi Iannone and Olivier Bonaventure
December 2007. 3rd Annual CoNEXT Conference.
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