Network topology inference with partial path information

B. Holbert, S. Tati, S. Silvestri, Thomas F. La Porta, A. Swami

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Abstract

Full knowledge of the routing topology of the Internet is useful for a multitude of network management tasks. However, the full topology is often not known and is instead estimated using topology inference algorithms. Many of these algorithms use Traceroute to probe paths in the network and then use the collected information to infer the topology. In practice routers may severely disrupt the operation of Traceroute and cause it to only provide partial information. We propose iTop, an algorithm for inferring the network topology when only partial information is available. iTop constructs a virtual topology, which overestimates the number of network components, and then repeatedly merges links in this topology to resolve it towards the structure of the true network. We perform extensive simulations to compare iTop to state of the art inference algorithms. Results show that iTop significantly outperforms previous approaches and its inferred topologies are within 5% of the original networks for all the considered metrics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2015 International Conference on Computing, Networking and Communications, ICNC 2015
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages796-802
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781479969593
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 26 2015
Event2015 International Conference on Computing, Networking and Communications, ICNC 2015 - Garden Grove, United States
Duration: Feb 16 2015Feb 19 2015

Publication series

Name2015 International Conference on Computing, Networking and Communications, ICNC 2015

Other

Other2015 International Conference on Computing, Networking and Communications, ICNC 2015
CountryUnited States
CityGarden Grove
Period2/16/152/19/15

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Networks and Communications

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Holbert, B., Tati, S., Silvestri, S., La Porta, T. F., & Swami, A. (2015). Network topology inference with partial path information. In 2015 International Conference on Computing, Networking and Communications, ICNC 2015 (pp. 796-802). [7069448] (2015 International Conference on Computing, Networking and Communications, ICNC 2015). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/ICCNC.2015.7069448