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How to Batfish in Deep Waters (a.k.a. How Does Batfish work at Texas A&M)

Time 12/12/19 01:40PM-02:30PM

Room Grand Ballroom D/E (5th)

Session Abstract

Batfish is an open source network configuration analysis tool (https://batfish.org). It is a powerful modeling tool by which one can ask questions about one's network and can evaluate changes to it without touching actual gear in production.

This session will include two presentations and related demos:

1) a Batfish presentation that talks about the system and how it works
(Dan Halperin from Batfish.org)
2) Batfish use at Texas A&M
(William Deigaard)

The Texas A&M network is very large. It currently has 200 gb/s of Internet connectivity, 34+ backbone routers, and more than 4,200 access switches spread across a 5,200 acres. And, it has an actual airport on campus.

The complexity of the TAMU network is unique and ultimately the size of it seems to break just about every 3rd party tool that has been "pointed at it." Batfish, even during the first setup and test "run" worked and was able to show useful information.


Speaker William Deigaard Texas A&M University

Speaker Dan Halperin Intentionet, Inc.

Presentation Media

Primary track Advanced Networking

Secondary tracks Information Security

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