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Journal of Network and Systems Management

, Volume 19, Issue 2, pp 209–229 | Cite as

Semantic Web-Based Management of Routing Configurations

  • Félix J. García Clemente
  • Jose M. Alcaraz Calero
  • Jorge Bernal Bernabé
  • Juan Manuel Marín Pérez
  • Gregorio Martínez Pérez
  • Antonio F. Gómez Skarmeta
Article

Abstract

Today, network operators typically reason about network behaviour by observing the effects of a particular configuration in operation. This configuration process typically involves logging configuration changes and rolling back to a previous version when a problem arises. Advanced network operators (more each day) use policy-based routing languages to define the routing configuration and tools based on systematic verification techniques to ensure that operational behaviour is consistent with the intended behaviour. These tools help operators to reason about properties of routing protocols. However, these languages and tools work in low-level, i.e. they focus on properties, parameters, and elements of routing protocols. However, network operators receive high-level policies that must be refined to low level parameters before they can be applied. These high-level policies should consider other properties (e.g. extensibility or reasoning capabilities), parameters (e.g. time period, localization or QoS parameters), and elements (e.g. AAA individuals or resources), when the network configuration is defined. We believe that there is a need of broader approaches in languages and tools for defining routing configurations that are more powerful and integrated to other network elements. This article provides the main ideas behind the specification of routing policies using formal languages which enable the description of semantics. These semantics make easier the policy refinement process and allows describing an automated process for doing conflict detection on these policies.

Keywords

Routing policy Network management BGP Policy languages Conflict detection Semantic web 

Notes

Acknowledgments

This work was supported by the Spanish MEC and MICINN, as well as European Commission FEDER funds, under Grants AP2006-4150, CSD2006-00046, TIN2008-06441-C02-02 and TIN2009-14475-C04. Thanks to the Funding Program for Research Groups of Excellence with code 04552/GERM/06 granted by the Fundacion Seneca.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Félix J. García Clemente
    • 1
  • Jose M. Alcaraz Calero
    • 2
  • Jorge Bernal Bernabé
    • 2
  • Juan Manuel Marín Pérez
    • 2
  • Gregorio Martínez Pérez
    • 2
  • Antonio F. Gómez Skarmeta
    • 2
  1. 1.Departamento de Ingeniería y Tecnología de ComputadoresUniversity of MurciaMurciaSpain
  2. 2.Departamento de Ingeniería de la Información y las ComunicacionesUniversity of MurciaMurciaSpain

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