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 Performance Evaluation of an Open-source Multicast Router
KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT).
2010 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Open-source routing has gained momentum in the last few years due to expensive proprietary network hardware and software. People and organizations want more control on routing hardware and software. Inspired by the success of open-source software, and contributions by researchers and many volunteer developers across the globe, there are two open-source routing stacks in the market which are quite promising in terms of performance and features, namely Quagga and XORP. These routing daemons can run on many different hardware and operating systems, and are free to download and customize according to personal preference. Today, assembling a router from off-the-shelf hardware and open-source software is a matter of a few minute efforts. Nowadays, open-source software has become an integral part of many commercial network products.

This thesis presents a performance evaluation study of an open-source multicast router. Open-source routing software is used to build a fully functional, high-performing open-source multicast router. The multicast router is running the XORP (pronounced as Zorp) routing software installed on the Debian Linux operating system. A testbed which consisted of three open-source routers was created, where different performance and operational tests were conducted. The tests mainly concerned the evaluation of the multicast routing functionality of an open-source router in a production-like environment where triple-play services were provided to the customers. Linux Differentiated Services were used to provide quality of service to three different traffic classes. Besides these tests, reliability, router management and interoperability with proprietary routers were also evaluated.

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2010. , 46 p.
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-24268OAI: diva2:346197
Available from: 2010-08-31 Created: 2010-08-31 Last updated: 2010-08-31Bibliographically approved

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