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2013 IEEE 33rd International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems (2005)
Columbus, Ohio, USA
June 6, 2005 to June 10, 2005
ISSN: 1063-6927
ISBN: 0-7695-2331-5
pp: 393-403
Daniel Massey , Colorado State University
Beichuan Zhang , University of California at Los Angeles
Lixia Zhang , University of California at Los Angeles
Dan Pei , University of California at Los Angeles
Route Flap Damping is a mechanism generally used in network routing protocols. Its goal is to limit the global impact of unstable routes by temporarily suppressing routes with rapid changes over short time periods. Although route damping is a clearly defined and simple procedure at each router, its effect in a large network setting is not well understood. We show that the current damping design leads to the intended behavior only under persistent route flapping. When the number of flaps is small, the global routing dynamics deviates significantly from the expected behavior with a longer convergence delay. Previous work observed that a single route flap can falsely trigger route suppression due to path exploration. However our simulations show that this false suppression only accounts for 30% of the convergence delay after a single route flap. Our study reveals previously unknown interactions between reuse timers at different routers. Route suppression and reuse at different routers are triggered at different times and thus affect the number of updates received by other routers. In turn, this impacts other routers? damping behavior. We propose to use Root Cause Notification to eliminate both false suppression and undesirable timer interaction.
Daniel Massey, Beichuan Zhang, Lixia Zhang, Dan Pei, "Timer Interaction in Route Flap Damping", 2013 IEEE 33rd International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems, vol. 00, no. , pp. 393-403, 2005, doi:10.1109/ICDCS.2005.81
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