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Source-specific routing

Abstract

Source-specific routing (not to be confused with source routing) is a routing technique where routing decisions depend on both the source and the destination address of a packet. Source-specific routing solves some difficult problems related to multihoming, notably in edge networks, and is therefore a useful addition to the multihoming toolbox. In this paper, we describe the semantics of source-specific packet forwarding, and describe the design and implementation of a source-specific extension to the Babel routing protocol as well as its implementation — to our knowledge, the first complete implementation of a source-specific dynamic routing protocol —, including a disambiguation algorithm that makes our implementation work over widely available networking APIs. We further discuss interoperability between ordinary next-hop and source-specific dynamic routing protocols. Our implementation has seen a moderate amount of deployment, notably as a testbed for the IETF Homenet working group.
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hal-00947234 , version 1 (14-02-2014)
hal-00947234 , version 2 (20-11-2014)
hal-00947234 , version 3 (16-12-2014)
hal-00947234 , version 4 (24-03-2015)

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Matthieu Boutier, Juliusz Chroboczek. Source-specific routing. 2015. ⟨hal-00947234v4⟩
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