Estimating the Performance of a Large Enterprise Network for Updating Routing Information

Yukio OGAWA  Teruhiro HIRATA  Kouji TAKAMURA  Keiichi YAMAHA  Satomu SAITOU  Kouichi IWANAGA  Tsutomu KOITA  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E88-B   No.5   pp.2054-2061
Publication Date: 2005/05/01
Online ISSN: 
DOI: 10.1093/ietcom/e88-b.5.2054
Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: PAPER
Category: Network Management/Operation
enterprise networking,  scalability,  routing convergence,  EIGRP,  network reliability,  

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We have developed an experimental approach that allows us to estimate the performance of a large-scale enterprise network to update routing information. This approach was applied to the integration of the UFJ Bank network system on January 15, 2002. The main characteristic of this approach is the application of a formula that represents the delays in updating routing information that accompany reductions in CPU resources. This procedure consists of two steps: one is to estimate the reduction in the availability of CPU resources caused by forwarding of data packets at a router, and the other is to estimate the levels of CPU resources required for replying to a query about a new route and subsequently updating the routing information. These steps were applied to estimate the performance of the network in terms of routing information convergence. The results of our experiments on the network showed that updating the routing information was possible as long as the average level of CPU utilization during any five-minute period at the routers was less than 40%. We were able to apply this guideline and thus confirm the stability of the UFJ Bank network.