[Battlemesh] Diversity in BATMAN [was: Battlemesh v5 tests]

andrew.lunn at ascom.com andrew.lunn at ascom.com
Fri Mar 9 13:44:27 CET 2012

> Consider the following topology (all links assumed lossless), where
> we're trying to route from A to S:
>       B---C
>      /     \\
>     /       \\
>    A          S
>     \        /
>      \      /
>       B'---*C'  (C' has just a single interface)
> In Babel, even with just Z1,the diversity information is encoded in the
> metric, and so B announces a smaller metric than B'; this causes A to
> prefer the ABCS route to the AB'C'S route.  Unless I'm misunderstanding
> something, in BATMAN no information is propagated to A -- the
> information
> about the extra diversity in the upper route is purely local to C.
Hi Juliusz

I'm no expert here, but if Simon happens to fall on his head.....

The metric is simply based on TQ. C=S will probably have a better local TQ than C'-S because of the load balancing over the two links, meaning there are less packets in the air, and so probably less collisions, etc.. A gets to know the complete link path TQ going both ways around the loop, so does get some idea that C=S is better than C'-S, assuming it is actually better.


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