[e2e] traffic engineering considered harmful

Ben Black ben at layer8.net
Thu Jun 14 17:01:21 PDT 2001

Perhaps this is naive, but why not have the natural traffic aggregation
points (read: servers) collect the performance data?  Trying to have
end points collect and disseminate the information seems nightmarish.

Hosts wishing to learn the best path to a given destination would have
to either carry full BGP tables, be able to query an entity with full
BGP tables, or trust an intermediary (as Randy mentioned).  

And once again we revisit good ideas and continue using the old ones


On Tue, Jun 12, 2001 at 04:59:20PM -0700, Randy Bush wrote:
> > I guess one could envision agents (e.g. in each site) that would do
> > this type of exploration and be willing to share their information
> > with hosts in the site.
> and those agents could exchange information with similar agents at other
> sites.
> and maybe the agents could be near the edge of the site and make the
> forwarding decision for the hosts at that site.
> darn, this sure reminds me of something i have seen before.
> randy

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