Tiramisu: Fast Multilayer Network Verification


Anubhavnidhi Abhashkumar, University of Wisconsin - Madison; Aaron Gember-Jacobson, Colgate University; Aditya Akella, University of Wisconsin - Madison


Today's distributed network control planes are highly sophisticated, with multiple interacting protocols operating at layers 2 and 3. The complexity makes network configurations highly complex and bug-prone. State-of-the-art tools that check if control plane bugs can lead to violations of key properties are either too slow, or do not model common network features. We develop a new, general multilayer graph control plane model that enables using fast, property-customized verification algorithms. Our tool, Tiramisu can verify if policies hold under failures for various real-world and synthetic configurations in < 0.08s in small networks and < 2.2s in large networks. Tiramisu is 2-600X faster than state-of-the-art without losing generality.

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@inproceedings {246278,
author = {Anubhavnidhi Abhashkumar and Aaron Gember-Jacobson and Aditya Akella},
title = {Tiramisu: Fast Multilayer Network Verification },
booktitle = {17th USENIX Symposium on Networked Systems Design and Implementation (NSDI 20)},
year = {2020},
isbn = {978-1-939133-13-7},
address = {Santa Clara, CA},
pages = {201-219},
url = {https://www.usenix.org/conference/nsdi20/presentation/abhashkumar},
publisher = {USENIX Association},
month = feb,

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