Don't mind the gap: Bridging network-wide objectives and device-level configurations

Ryan Beckett, Ratul Mahajan, Todd Millstein, Jitendra Padhye, David Walker

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We reflect on the historical context that lead to Propane, a high-level language and compiler to help network operators bridge the gap between network-wide routing objectives and low-level configurations of devices that run complex, distributed protocols. We also highlight the primary contributions that Propane made to the networking literature and describe ongoing challenges. We conclude with an important lesson learned from the experience.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)104-106
Number of pages3
JournalComputer Communication Review
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Computer Networks and Communications


  • BGP
  • Compilation
  • Distributed Systems
  • Domain-specific Language
  • Fault Tolerance
  • Propane
  • Synthesis


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