Tiramisu: Fast and General Network Verification

Anubhavnidhi Abhashkumar, Aaron Gember-Jacobson, Aditya Akella

Today's distributed network control planes support multiple routing protocols, filtering mechanisms, and route selection policies. These protocols operate at different layers, e.g. BGP operates at the EGP layer, OSPF at the IGP layer, and VLANs at layer 2. The behavior of a network's control plane depends on how these protocols interact with each other. This makes network configurations highly complex and error-prone. State-of-the-art control plane verifiers are either too slow, or do not model certain features of the network. In this paper, we propose a new multilayer hedge graph abstraction, Tiramisu, that supports fast verification of the control plane. Tiramisu uses a combination of graph traversal algorithms and ILPs (Integer Linear Programs) to check different network policies. We use Tiramisu to verify policies of various real-world and synthetic configurations. Our experiments show that Tiramisu can verify any policy in < 0.08 s in small networks (~35 devices) and < 0.12 s in large networks (~160 devices), and it is 10-600X faster than state-of-the-art without losing generality.

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