A performance evaluation of BGP-based traffic engineering

Sun, 04/01/2007 - 01:54 by Damien Leroy


Many Internet Service Providers tune the configuration of the Border Gateway
Protocol on their routers to control their traffic. Content providers often need to
control their outgoing traffic while access providers need to control their incoming
traffic. We show, by means of measurements and simulations, that controlling the
flow of the incoming interdomain traffic is a difficult problem. For this purpose, we
first rely on detailed measurements to show the limitations of AS-Path prepending.
Then, we show by using large-scale simulations that the difficulty of controlling
the flow of the incoming traffic lies in the difficulty of predicting which BGP route
will be selected by distant ASes.

B. Quoitin, C. Pelsser, O. Bonaventure and S. Uhlig
International Journal of Network Management (Wiley), 15(3), May-June 2005.
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