why not AS number based prefixes aggregation

yangyang. wang wyystar at gmail.com
Mon Sep 8 11:04:24 CDT 2008

Thank you, Scott.
TE is a key reason for using specific prefixes. I think that most TEs are
deployed in intra-domain, and the inter-domain TEs applied to downstream AS
multihomed to many different upstream ASes could be made thru AS number
based aggregation. The TE between two ASes with many links (for load
balance) may be implemented by layer-2 filter list staticly configured.

2008/9/8 Scott Brim <swb at employees.org>

> Excerpts from yangyang. wang on Mon, Sep 08, 2008 09:20:38PM +0800:
> > Hi, everyone:
> >
> >      For routing scalability issues, I have a question: why not deploy AS
> > number based routing scheme?  BGP is path vector protocol and the
> shortest
> > paths are calculated based on traversed AS numbers. The prefixes in the
> same
> > AS almost have the same AS_PATH associated, and aggregating prefixes
> > according to AS will shrink BGP routing table significantly. I don't know
> > what comments the ISPs make on this kind of routing scheme.
> >
> >
> > -yang
> It might be the right level of granularity for policy but is too
> coarse for routing.  You want to be able to route on prefixes (even if
> not everyone does it) for flexibility/TE.  Also, ASNs are not
> aggregatable so we can't use them to represent a large number of
> independently routed networks.

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