Evolution towards global routing scalability

Varun Khare, Dan Jen, Xin Zhao, Yaoqing Liu, Dan Massey, Lan Wang, Beichuan Zhang, Lixia Zhang

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Internet routing tables have been growing rapidly due to factors such as edge-site multihoming, traffic engineering, and disjoint address allocations. To address the routing scalability problems caused by this rapid growth, we propose an evolutionary approach that is incrementally deployable and provides immediate benefits to any adopting ASes. The basic premise of the approach is that route aggregation removes from routing tables the unnecessary topological details about remote portions of the Internet. We demonstrate that aggregation can be applied incrementally starting from local scopes within individual routers and individual ASes, and gradually expanded to the global Internet scope. The evaluation studies show that route aggregation is effective in addressing FIB scalability problems within a router and within a network.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number5586448
Pages (from-to)1363-1375
Number of pages13
JournalIEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2010



  • Evolutionary Design
  • Network Architecture and Deisgn
  • Prefix Aggregation
  • Routing Protocols

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Computer Networks and Communications

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Khare, V., Jen, D., Zhao, X., Liu, Y., Massey, D., Wang, L., ... Zhang, L. (2010). Evolution towards global routing scalability. IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications, 28(8), 1363-1375. [5586448]. https://doi.org/10.1109/JSAC.2010.101013