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CASA: Congestion and Stretch Aware Static Fast Rerouting

Authors
  • Foerster, Klaus-Tycho
  • Switzerland, Dfinity
  • Schmid, Stefan
  • Trédan, Gilles
Publication Date
Apr 29, 2019
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HAL
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English
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Abstract

To meet the stringent requirements on the maximally tolerable disruptions of traffic under link failures, many communication networks feature some sort of static failover mechanism for fast rerouting. However, configuring such static failover mechanisms to achieve a high degree of robustness is known to be challenging, in particular when packet tagging or dynamic node state cannot be used. This paper initiates the systematic study of such local fast failover mechanisms which not only provide connectivity guarantees, even under multiple link failures, but also account for the quality of the resulting failover routes, with respect to locality (i.e., route length) and congestion. Failover quality has received less attention in the literature so far, yet it is increasingly important to support emerging applications. We first show that there exists an inherent tradeoff in terms of achievable locality and congestion of failover routes. We then present CASA, an algorithm providing a high degree of robustness as well as a provable quality of fast rerouting. CASA combines two crucial static resilient routing techniques: combinatorial designs and arc-disjoint arborescences. We complement our formal analysis with a simulation study, in which we compare our algorithms with the state-of-the-art in different scenarios and show benefits in terms of stretch, load, and resilience.

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