Towards impactful routing research: Running your own (emulated) as on the (real) internet

Brandon Schlinker, Kyriakos Zarifis, Italo Cunha, Nick Feamster, Ethan Katz-Bassett, Minian Yu

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Interdomain routing has long been primed for an overhaul. Designed for a previous era and since dragged into today's networks through complex configurations, little progress has been made on aligning interdomain routing capabilities with network operator needs. Yet substantial growth has occurred in tangential areas such as datacenter networking. We believe that the barriers to performing interdomain routing research must be lowered to enable researchers and operators to better understand existing problems and evaluate potential improvements. To this end, we propose a testbed that enables the emulation of autonomous systems and their internal routing domains. The testbed allows these emulated networks to advertise routes and exchange traffic with the real Internet, exposing them to the Internet's complex policies and inconsistencies. Our testbed enables experiments to have complete control over the network topology and glue-logic between routing domains, including choice of IGP protocol, routing engine, and route redistribution. In addition, experiments can exchange routes and traffic with ISPs in multiple peering locations across the Internet, enabling experiments which emulate complex, geographically distributed networks.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCoNEXT Student Workhop 2013 - Proceedings of the 2013 Workshop
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Number of pages3
ISBN (Print)9781450325752
StatePublished - 2013
Event2013 ACM CoNEXT Student Workshop 2013 - Santa Barbara, CA, United States
Duration: Dec 9 2013Dec 9 2013

Publication series

NameCoNEXT Student Workhop 2013 - Proceedings of the 2013 Workshop


Other2013 ACM CoNEXT Student Workshop 2013
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySanta Barbara, CA

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Networks and Communications


  • Interdomain routing
  • Internet routing
  • Network architecture
  • Routing protocols
  • Testbeds


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