2nd International ICST Conference on Simulation Tools and Techniques

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Simulation-assisted Analysis and Design of STP-based Networks

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        author={Paolo Medagliani and Gianluigi Ferrari and Gianpietro Germi and Fabio Cappelletti},
        title={Simulation-assisted Analysis and Design of STP-based Networks},
        proceedings={2nd International ICST Conference on Simulation Tools and Techniques},
  • Paolo Medagliani
    Gianluigi Ferrari
    Gianpietro Germi
    Fabio Cappelletti
    Year: 2010
    Simulation-assisted Analysis and Design of STP-based Networks
    DOI: 10.4108/ICST.SIMUTOOLS2009.5656
Paolo Medagliani1,*, Gianluigi Ferrari1,*, Gianpietro Germi2,*, Fabio Cappelletti2,*
  • 1: University of Parma, viale G.P. Usberti 181/A Parma, Italy.
  • 2: Selta spa, Via Emilia 231 Cadeo, Piacenza, Italy
*Contact email: paolo.medagliani@unipr.it, gianluigi.ferrari@unipr.it, g.germi@selta.it, f.cappelletti@selta.it


In this paper we analyze, through simulations, the perfor- mance of Spanning Tree Protocol (STP)-based Ethernet net- works with ring and double ring topologies. In particular, we consider both the presence and the absence of Virtual Local Area Networks (VLANs), and we derive the optimized STP parameters which minimize the STP convergence time and maximize the network stability. Two possible techniques for STP internal timers management are evaluated. The pres- ence of failures (either broken links or nodes) is also taken into account, in order to determine the proper STP parame- ters which guarantee connectivity recovery and convergence in all possible network scenarios. Some of the simulation results are also verifed through an experimental testbed. Finally, the use of ransparent" switches is proposed as a solution to (i) speed convergence, (ii) increase the reaction capability to failures, and (iii) overcome the limitations, on the maximum number of sustainable nodes, imposed by the STP. In particular, this approach allows to extend the num- ber of nodes in the network, still guaranteeing the possibility of incorporating VLANs.