TIE breaking: Tunable interdomain egress selection

Renata Teixeira, Timothy G. Griffin, Mauricio G.C. Resende, Jennifer L. Rexford

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In a large backbone network, the routers often have multiple egress points they could use to direct traffic toward an external destination. Today's routers select the "closest" egress point, based on the intradomain routing configuration, in a practice known as early-exit or hot-potato routing. In this paper, we argue that hot-potato routing is restrictive, disruptive, and convoluted and propose an alternative called TIE (Tunable Interdomain Egress selection). TIE is a flexible mechanism that allows routers to select the egress point for each destination prefix based on both the intradomain topology and the goals of the network administrators. In fact, TIE is designed from the start with optimization in mind, to satisfy diverse requirements for traffic engineering and network robustness. We present two example optimization problems that use integer-programming and multicommodity-flow techniques, respectively, to tune the TIE mechanism to satisfy networkwide objectives. Experiments with traffic, topology, and routing data from two backbone networks demonstrate that our solution is both simple (for the routers) and expressive (for the network administrators).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)761-774
Number of pages14
JournalIEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


  • BGP
  • Egress-point selection
  • Internet routing
  • Network operations and management


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