Policy Disputes in Path-Vector Protocols

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Policy Disputes in Path-Vector Protocols
The Border Gateway Protocol, BGP, is currently the only interdomain routing protocol employed on the Internet. As required of any interdomain protocol, BGP allows policy-based metrics to override distance-based metrics and enables each autonomous system to independently define its routing policies with little or no global coordination. Varadhan et al. [11] have shown that there are collections of routing policies that together are not safe in the sense that they can cause BGP to diverge. That is, an unsafe collection of routing policies can result in some autonomous systems exchanging BGP routing messages indefinitely, without ever converging to a set of stable routes. In this paper we present sufficient conditions on routing policies that guarantee BGP safety. We use a new formalism, called the Simple Path Vector Protocol (SPVP), that is designed to capture the underlying semantics of any path vector protocol such as BGP. We identify a certain circular set of relationships between ro...
Timothy Griffin, F. Bruce Shepherd, Gordon T. Wilf
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Type Conference
Year 1999
Where ICNP
Authors Timothy Griffin, F. Bruce Shepherd, Gordon T. Wilfong
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