6th International ICST Conference on Broadband Communications, Networks, and Systems

Research Article

On the use of Trial and Error Traffic Engineering techniques in the Internet

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/ICST.BROADNETS2009.7180,
        author={Pedro Andr\^{e}s Aranda Guti\^{e}rrez},
        title={On the use of Trial and Error Traffic Engineering techniques in the Internet},
        proceedings={6th International ICST Conference on Broadband Communications, Networks, and Systems},
        publisher={IEEE},
        proceedings_a={BROADNETS},
        year={2009},
        month={11},
        keywords={Routing protocols Network Operations Network management Network monitoring Public networks},
        doi={10.4108/ICST.BROADNETS2009.7180}
    }
    
  • Pedro Andrés Aranda Gutiérrez
    Year: 2009
    On the use of Trial and Error Traffic Engineering techniques in the Internet
    BROADNETS
    IEEE
    DOI: 10.4108/ICST.BROADNETS2009.7180
Pedro Andrés Aranda Gutiérrez1,*
  • 1: University of Paderborn, Paderborn, Germany
*Contact email: paaguti@hotmail.com

Abstract

The Border Gateway Protocol governs the overall routing in the Internet. With the time, it has been overloaded with functions which is was not initially designed for. The main example is Traffic Engineering. Internet Service Providers need to adjust the traffic on their peerings and in absence of a better alternative, use Trial and Error techniques based on manipulating the Autonomous System Path attribute in Border Gateway Protocol (BGP-4) updates. This paper shows sequences of BGP- 4 updates where the use of Trial and Error Traffic Engineering techniques have led to instability and the countermeasures used to minimise their impact impact. The analysis methods presented also partially reveal the way Internet Service Providers use AS_PATH Prepending.