Traditional router requires cold reboot if any component of the router software fails or needs to be upgraded. Network traffic is likely to be interrupted for minutes in the meantime. This work designs and implements a fault-tolerant software architecture composed of four components: clients including routing protocols and administrator, the router information base (MiniDB), a daemon to resolve rule conflicts among clients (SyncD) and the SDK for programmable switching chip. This architecture allows any component to fail or upgrade without interrupting data plane, and the control plane will automatically recover within predictable time after the component restarts.


Dissertation of Bachelor’s Degree, 2014. [PDF (Chinese)]


  • Bojie Li, 4th year undergraduate in USTC
  • Dr. Kun Tan, Senior Researcher in Microsoft Research Asia