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NANOG Meeting Presentation Abstract

Enabling Impactful Routing Research with the PEERING Testbed
Meeting: Road3
Date / Time: 2014-05-20 4:10pm - 4:40pm
Room: Ballroom Center
Presenters: Speakers:

Brandon Schlinker, USC

Brandon Schlinker is a first year Computer Science PhD student in the Network Systems Lab at the University of Southern California. His research focuses on improving the robustness and flexibility of network infrastructure. Brandon is co-advised by Ethan Katz-Bassett and Minlan Yu and is interning this summer with the Platforms and Networking group at Google.
Abstract: In the 20 years since NANOG was founded in 1994, we’ve watched the Internet undergo an immense transformation. But despite many advancements, the Border Gateway Protocol (BGP), last updated in 1994, continues to serve as the foundation of the Internet. Unfortunately, BGP’s design has resulted in many of the Internet’s fundamental problems, including circuitous routes, routing failures, and weak security that enables hijacking of prefixes. Yet given its adoption, BGP will likely remain a cornerstone of the Internet for years to come.

Since BGP isn’t going away, researchers and network operators have sought to improve BGP by gaining a better understanding of how the protocol’s interactions playout on the real Internet between autonomous systems (AS). These frequently complex interactions result in the composition of routing tables that are used to direct traffic across the Internet. However, efforts to better understand BGP have long been hampered by a lack of supporting tools, with most research constricted to making observations via Looking Glass services. In this talk, I’ll present PEERING, a testbed that lets researchers and operators emulate a network of their choice and then connect it to ASes around the world via BGP to enable the exchange of actual routes and traffic. In addition, I’ll discuss how the PEERING testbed changes the game of BGP research by providing an unprecedented level of control and realism, thus helping pave the way towards new Internet routing technologies and techniques.
Files: pdfEnabling Impactful Routing Research with the PEERING Testbed(PDF)
Sponsors: None.

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