Hop-by-Hop Multipath Routing: Choosing the Right Nexthop Set

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NDN, Technical Report
by Klaus Schneider, Beichuan Zhang and Lotfi Benmohamed

Revision 1: June 12, 2019

The Internet can be made more efficient and robust with hop-by-hop multipath routing: Each router on the path can split packets between multiple nexthops in order to 1) avoid failed links and 2) reduce traffic on congested links. Before deciding how to split traffic, one first needs to decide which nexthops to allow at each step. In this paper, we investigate the requirements and trade-offs for making this choice.

Most related work chooses the viable nexthops by applying the “Downward Criterion”, i.e., only adding nexthops that lead closer to the destination; or more generally by creating a Directed Acyclic Graph (DAG) for each destination. We show that a DAG’s nexthop options are necessarily limited, and that, by using certain links in both directions (per destination), we can add further nexthops while still avoiding loops. Our solution LFID (Loop-Free Inport-Dependent) routing, though having a slightly higher time complexity, leads to both a higher number of and shorter potential paths than related work. LFID thus protects against a higher percentage of single and multiple failures (or congestions) and comes close to the performance of arbitrary source routing.

The codebase is available in: https://github.com/schneiderklaus/ndnSIM-routing