CS 640 Assignment 3: RIP solution




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For this assignment, you will modify your virtual router to build a routing table using distance vector routing. With this change, your virtual router will no longer depend on a static route table.

#Learning Outcomes
After completing this assignment, students should be able to:

Write code that constructs and deconstructs packets containing multiple layers of protocols
Explain how the distance vector (DV) routing work
Include the “-n” argument when you run traceroute, otherwise traceroute will try to convert IPs to hostnames using DNS which will generate spurious traffic and make traceroute slow.

#Part 1: Getting Started
You will use the same environment and code base as Assignment 2. You should create a copy of your entire assign2 and name it assign3:

cp -r ~/assign2 ~/assign3

You can use the version of Router.java , RouteTable.java and Switch.java you wrote for Assignment 2, or you can download our solutions for these files:

If you’ve forgotten the commands to start Mininet, POX, or your virtual router, you should refer back to Assignment 2.

As you complete this assignment, you may want to use tcpdump to examine the headers of packets sent/received by hosts. To run tcpdump on a specific host, open an xterm window:

mininet> xterm h1

Then start tcpdump in that xterm:

sudo tcpdump -n -vv -e -i h1-eth0

You’ll need to change the host number included in the interface (-i) argument to match the host on which you’re running tcpdump.

#Part 2: Implement RIP
For this part of the assignment, you will implement distance vector routing to build, and update, your router’s route table. Specifically, you will implement a simplified version of the Routing Information Protocol v2 (RIPv2). Details on the RIPv2 protocol are available from RFC2453 and Network Sorcery’s RFC Sourcebook. If you’re not sure how distance vector routing works, you should read Section 3.3.2 of the textbook or the lecture slides on distance vector routing.

Starting RIP
Your router should only run RIP when a static route table is not provided (via the -r argument when running VirtualNetwork.jar). You should update Main.java and/or Router.java to appropriately start RIP.

When your router starts, you should add entries to the route table for the subnets that are directly reachable via the router’s interfaces. This subnets can be determined based on the IP address and netmask associated with each of the router’s interfaces. These entries should have no gateway.

RIP Packets
The RIPv2 and RIPv2Entry classes in the net.floodlightcontroller.packet package define the format for RIPv2 packets. All RIPv2 packets should be encapsulated in UDP packets whose source and destination ports are 520 (defined as a constant RIP_PORT in the UDP class). When sending RIP requests and unsolicited RIP responses, the destination IP address should be the multicast IP address reserved for RIP ( and the destination Ethernet address should be the broadcast MAC address (FF:FF:FF:FF:FF:FF). When sending a RIP response for a specific RIP request, the destination IP address and destination Ethernet address should be the IP address and MAC address of the router interface that sent the request.

RIP Operation
Your router should send a RIP request out all of the router’s interfaces when RIP is initialized. Your router should send an unsolicited RIP response out all of the router’s interfaces every 10 seconds thereafter.

You should update the handlePacket(…) method in the Router class to check if an arriving IP packet has a destination, a protocol type of UDP, and a UDP destination port of 520. Packets that match this criteria are RIP requests or responses. Your router should update its route table based on these packets, and send any necessary RIP response packets.

Your router should time out route table entries for which an update has not been received for more than 30 seconds. You should never remove route entries for the subnets that are directly reachable via the router’s interfaces.

Your implementation does not need to be a complete standards-compliant implementation of RIPv2. You should implement basic distance vector routing as discussed in the textbook and in-class, using RIPv2 packets as the format for messages exchanged between routers.

#Testing RIP
To test your router’s control plane, you will need a topology with more than one router: pair_rt.topo, triangle_rt.topo, triangle_with_sw.topo, or linear5.topo. You should not include the -r argument when starting your routers, since your router should construct its route table using RIP, rather than using a statically provided route table.

#Submission Instructions
You must submit a single tar file of the src directory containing the Java source files for your virtual switch and router. Please submit the entire src directory; do not submit any other files or directories. To create the tar file, run the following command, replacing username1 and username2 with the CS username of each group member:

tar czvf username1_username2.tgz src

Upload the tar file to the Assignment 3 dropbox on canvas. Please submit only one tar file per group