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Practical approach to identifying additive link metrics with shortest path routing


© 2015 IEEE. We revisit the problem of identifying link metrics from end- to-end path measurements in practical IP networks where shortest path routing is the norm. Previous solutions rely on explicit routing techniques (e.g., source routing or MPLS) to construct independent measurement paths for efficient link metric identification. However, most IP networks still adopt shortest path routing paradigm, while the explicit routing is not supported by most of the routers. Thus, this paper studies the link metric identification problem under shortest path routing constraints. To uniquely identify the link metrics, we need to place sufficient number of monitors into the network such that there exist m (the number of links) linear independent shortest paths between the monitors. In this paper, we first formulate the problem as a mixed integer linear programming problem, and then to make the problem tractable in large networks, we propose a Monitor Placement and Measurement Path Selection (MP-MPS) algorithm that adheres to shortest path routing constraints. Extensive simulations on random and real networks show that the MP- MPS gets near-optimal solutions in small networks, and MP- MPS significantly outperforms a baseline solution in large networks.

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