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Data communication and networks

Data Communication and Networks

Lecture 7

Networks: Part 2

Routing Algorithms

October 27, 2005


Some perspective on routing
Some Perspective on Routing …..

  • When we wish to take a long trip by car, we consult a road map.

  • The road map shows the possible routes to our destination.

  • It might show us the shortest distance, but, it can’t always tell us what we really want to know:

    • What is the fastest route!

    • Why is this not always obvious?

  • Question: What’s the difference between you and network packet?


Packets are dumb students are smart
Packets are Dumb, Students are Smart!

  • We adapt to traffic conditions as we go.

  • Packets depend on routers to choose how they get their destination.

  • Routers have maps just like we do. These are called routing tables.

  • What we want to know is:

    • How to these tables get constructed/updated?

    • How are routes chosen using these tables?


Routing in circuit switched network
Routing in Circuit Switched Network

  • Many connections will need paths through more than one switch

  • Need to find a route

    • Efficiency

    • Resilience

  • Public telephone switches are a tree structure

    • Static routing uses the same approach all the time

  • Dynamic routing allows for changes in routing depending on traffic

    • Uses a peer structure for nodes


Alternate routing
Alternate Routing

  • Possible routes between end offices predefined

  • Originating switch selects appropriate route

  • Routes listed in preference order

  • Different sets of routes may be used at different times


Alternate routing diagram
AlternateRoutingDiagram


Routing in packet switched network
Routing in Packet Switched Network

  • Complex, crucial aspect of packet switched networks

  • Characteristics required

    • Correctness

    • Simplicity

    • Robustness

    • Stability

    • Fairness

    • Optimality

    • Efficiency


Performance criteria
Performance Criteria

  • Used for selection of route

  • Minimum hop

  • Least cost

    • See Stallings chapter 12 for routing algorithms



Network information source and update timing
Network Information Source and Update Timing

  • Routing decisions usually based on knowledge of network (not always)

  • Distributed routing

    • Nodes use local knowledge

    • May collect info from adjacent nodes

    • May collect info from all nodes on a potential route

  • Central routing

    • Collect info from all nodes

  • Update timing

    • When is network info held by nodes updated

    • Fixed - never updated

    • Adaptive - regular updates


Routing strategies
Routing Strategies

  • Fixed

  • Flooding

  • Random

  • Adaptive


Fixed routing
Fixed Routing

  • Single permanent route for each source to destination pair

  • Determine routes using a least cost algorithm (Chapter 12)

  • Route fixed, at least until a change in network topology



Flooding
Flooding

  • No network info required

  • Packet sent by node to every neighbor

  • Incoming packets retransmitted on every link except incoming link

  • Eventually a number of copies will arrive at destination

  • Each packet is uniquely numbered so duplicates can be discarded

  • Nodes can remember packets already forwarded to keep network load in bounds

  • Can include a hop count in packets


Flooding example
Flooding Example


Properties of flooding
Properties of Flooding

  • All possible routes are tried

    • Very robust

  • At least one packet will have taken minimum hop count route

    • Can be used to set up virtual circuit

  • All nodes are visited

    • Useful to distribute information (e.g. routing)


Random routing
Random Routing

  • Node selects one outgoing path for retransmission of incoming packet

  • Selection can be random or round robin

  • Can select outgoing path based on probability calculation

  • No network info needed

  • Route is typically not least cost nor minimum hop


Adaptive routing
Adaptive Routing

  • Used by almost all packet switching networks

  • Routing decisions change as conditions on the network change

    • Failure

    • Congestion

  • Requires info about network

  • Decisions more complex

  • Tradeoff between quality of network info and overhead

  • Reacting too quickly can cause oscillation

  • Reacting too slowly to be relevant


Adaptive routing advantages
Adaptive Routing - Advantages

  • Improved performance

  • Aid congestion control (See chapter 13)

  • Complex system

    • May not realize theoretical benefits


Least cost algorithms
Least Cost Algorithms

  • Basis for routing decisions

    • Can minimize hop with each link cost 1

    • Can have link value inversely proportional to capacity

  • Given network of nodes connected by bi-directional links

  • Each link has a cost in each direction

  • Define cost of path between two nodes as sum of costs of links traversed

  • For each pair of nodes, find a path with the least cost

  • Link costs in different directions may be different

    • E.g. length of packet queue


Graph abstraction

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Graph abstraction

Graph: G = (N,E)

N = set of routers = { u, v, w, x, y, z }

E = set of links ={ (u,v), (u,x), (v,x), (v,w), (x,w), (x,y), (w,y), (w,z), (y,z) }

Remark: Graph abstraction is useful in other network contexts

Example: P2P, where N is set of peers and E is set of TCP connections


Graph abstraction costs

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Graph abstraction: costs

  • c(x,x’) = cost of link (x,x’)

  • - e.g., c(w,z) = 5

  • cost could always be 1, or

  • inversely related to bandwidth,

  • or inversely related to

  • congestion

Cost of path (x1, x2, x3,…, xp) = c(x1,x2) + c(x2,x3) + … + c(xp-1,xp)

Question: What’s the least-cost path between u and z ?

Routing algorithm: algorithm that finds least-cost path


A link state routing algorithm

Dijkstra’s algorithm

net topology, link costs known to all nodes

accomplished via “link state broadcast”

all nodes have same info

computes least cost paths from one node (‘source”) to all other nodes

gives forwarding table for that node

iterative: after k iterations, know least cost path to k dest.’s

Notation:

c(x,y): link cost from node x to y; = ∞ if not direct neighbors

D(v): current value of cost of path from source to dest. v

p(v): predecessor node along path from source to v

N': set of nodes whose least cost path definitively known

A Link-State Routing Algorithm


Dijsktra s algorithm
Dijsktra’s Algorithm

1 Initialization:

2 N' = {u}

3 for all nodes v

4 if v adjacent to u

5 then D(v) = c(u,v)

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9 find w not in N' such that D(w) is a minimum

10 add w to N'

11 update D(v) for all v adjacent to w and not in N' :

12 D(v) = min( D(v), D(w) + c(w,v) )

13 /* new cost to v is either old cost to v or known

14 shortest path cost to w plus cost from w to v */

15 until all nodes in N'


Dijkstra s algorithm example

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Dijkstra’s algorithm: example

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Dijkstra s algorithm discussion

Algorithm complexity: n nodes

each iteration: need to check all nodes, w, not in N

n(n+1)/2 comparisons: O(n2)

more efficient implementations possible: O(nlog(n))

Oscillations possible:

e.g., link cost = amount of carried traffic

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Dijkstra’s algorithm, discussion


Distance vector algorithm 1
Distance Vector Algorithm (1)

Bellman-Ford Equation (dynamic programming)

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dx(y) := cost of least-cost path from x to y

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dx(y) = min {c(x,v) + dv(y) }

where min is taken over all neighbors of x


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Node that achieves minimum is next

hop in shortest path ➜ forwarding table


Distance vector algorithm 3
Distance Vector Algorithm (3)

  • Dx(y) = estimate of least cost from x to y

  • Distance vector: Dx = [Dx(y): y є N ]

  • Node x knows cost to each neighbor v: c(x,v)

  • Node x maintains Dx = [Dx(y): y є N ]

  • Node x also maintains its neighbors’ distance vectors

    • For each neighbor v, x maintains Dv = [Dv(y): y є N ]


Distance vector algorithm 4
Distance vector algorithm (4)

Basic idea:

  • Each node periodically sends its own distance vector estimate to neighbors

  • When node a node x receives new DV estimate from neighbor, it updates its own DV using B-F equation:

Dx(y) ← minv{c(x,v) + Dv(y)} for each node y ∊ N

  • Under minor, natural conditions, the estimate Dx(y) converge the actual least cost dx(y)


Distance vector algorithm 5

Iterative, asynchronous: each local iteration caused by:

local link cost change

DV update message from neighbor

Distributed:

each node notifies neighbors only when its DV changes

neighbors then notify their neighbors if necessary

wait for (change in local link cost of msg from neighbor)

recompute estimates

if DV to any dest has changed, notify neighbors

Distance Vector Algorithm (5)

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Distance Vector: link cost changes

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  • node detects local link cost change

  • updates routing info, recalculates distance vector

  • if DV changes, notify neighbors

At time t0, y detects the link-cost change, updates its DV,

and informs its neighbors.

At time t1, z receives the update from y and updates its table.

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At time t2, y receives z’s update and updates its distance table.

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Link cost changes:

  • good news travels fast

  • bad news travels slow - “count to infinity” problem!

  • 44 iterations before algorithm stabilizes: see text

    Poissoned reverse:

  • If Z routes through Y to get to X :

    • Z tells Y its (Z’s) distance to X is infinite (so Y won’t route to X via Z)

  • will this completely solve count to infinity problem?


Comparison of ls and dv algorithms

Message complexity

LS: with n nodes, E links, O(nE) msgs sent

DV: exchange between neighbors only

convergence time varies

Speed of Convergence

LS: O(n2) algorithm requires O(nE) msgs

may have oscillations

DV: convergence time varies

may be routing loops

count-to-infinity problem

Robustness: what happens if router malfunctions?

LS:

node can advertise incorrect link cost

each node computes only its own table

DV:

DV node can advertise incorrect path cost

each node’s table used by others

error propagate thru network

Comparison of LS and DV algorithms


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