Volume 9 Number 6 (Jun. 2014)
Home > Archive > 2014 > Volume 9 Number 6 (Jun. 2014) >
JSW 2014 Vol.9(6): 1619-1625 ISSN: 1796-217X
doi: 10.4304/jsw.9.6.1619-1625

Model checking the convergence property of BGP networks

Ping Yin1, Yinxue Ma2, Zhe Chen2
1School of Science, Jiangnan University, Wuxi 214122, China
2College of Computer Science and Technology, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Nanjing 210016, China

Abstract—The Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) is an important inter-domain routing protocol, which is widely used in Internet. It allows independent policies to be designed for each Autonomous System (AS). However, the flexibility in designing independent policies causes the convergence problem, i.e., a BGP network may constantly send routing information between ASes and cannot reach a stable state. In this paper, we propose an approach for model checking the convergence property of BGP networks. We firstly establish a formal model of BGP networks and define its convergence property. Then we use the Promela language to describe this model and analyze its convergence. The model is generic enough, thus different instances of BGP networks can be simulated and verified by only modifying parameters and policies. Finally, as examples, we simulate and verify some typical instances of BGP networks by using the SPIN model checker.

Index Terms—border gateway protocol, BGP, model checking, verification, formal methods, SPIN


Cite: Ping Yin, Yinxue Ma, Zhe Chen, "Model checking the convergence property of BGP networks," Journal of Software vol. 9, no. 6, pp. 1619-1625, 2014.

General Information

ISSN: 1796-217X (Online)
Frequency:  Bimonthly (Since 2020)
Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Antanas Verikas
Executive Editor: Ms. Yoyo Y. Zhou
Abstracting/ Indexing: DBLP, EBSCO, Google Scholar, ProQuest, INSPEC(IET), ULRICH's Periodicals Directory, WorldCat, etc
E-mail: jsw@iap.org
  • Apr 26, 2021 News!

    Vol 14, No 4- Vol 14, No 12 has been indexed by IET-(Inspec)     [Click]

  • Jun 22, 2020 News!

    Papers published in JSW Vol 14, No 1- Vol 15 No 4 have been indexed by DBLP     [Click]

  • Sep 13, 2021 News!

    The papers published in Vol 16, No 6 have all received dois from Crossref    [Click]

  • Jan 28, 2021 News!

    [CFP] 2021 the annual meeting of JSW Editorial Board, ICCSM 2021, will be held in Rome, Italy, July 21-23, 2021   [Click]

  • Sep 13, 2021 News!

    Vol 16, No 6 has been published with online version     [Click]