A performance evaluation of BGP-based traffic engineering

Bruno Quoitin, Cristel Pelsser, Olivier Bonaventure and Steve Uhlig

Many Internet Service Providers tune the configuration of the Border Gateway Protocol on their routers to control their traffic. Content providers often need to control their outgoing traffic while access providers need to control their incoming traffic. We show, by means of measurements and simulations, that controlling the flow of the incoming interdomain traffic is a difficult problem. For this purpose, we first rely on detailed measurements to show the limitations of AS-Path prepending. Then, we show by using large-scale simulations that the difficulty of controlling the flow of the incoming traffic lies in the difficulty of predicting which BGP route will be selected by distant ASes.
In International Journal of Network Management (Wiley).

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