Evolution Towards Global Routing Scalability
Internet routing tables have been growing rapidly due to factors such as edge-site multi-homing, traffic engineering, and disjoint address allocations. To address the routing scalability problems caused by this rapid growth, the authors 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. They 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.