Safe Routing Reconfigurations with Route Redistribution

Tue, 11/26/2013 - 15:55 by Stefano Vissicchio


Simultaneously providing flexibility, evolvability and correctness of routing is one of the basic and still unsolved problems in networking. Route redistribution provides a tool, used in many enterprise networks, to either partition a network into multiple routing domains or merge previously independent networks. However, no general technique exists for changing a live network’s route redistribution configuration without incurring packet losses and service disruptions.
In this paper, we study the problem of how to safely transition between route redistribution configurations. We investigate what anomalies may occur in the reconfiguration process, showing that many long-lasting forwarding loops can and do occur if naive techniques are applied. We devise new sufficient conditions for anomaly-free reconfigurations, and we leverage them to build provably safe and practical reconfiguration procedures. Our procedures enable seamless network re-organizations to accomplish both short-term objectives, such as local repair or traffic engineering, and long-term requirement changes.

Stefano Vissicchio, Laurent Vanbever, Luca Cittadini, Geoffrey Xie and Olivier Bonaventure
INFOCOM, April 2014.
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