New directions for network verification

Aurojit Panda, Katerina Argyraki, Mooly Sagiv, Michael Schapira, Scott Shenker

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Network verification has recently gained popularity in the programming languages and verification community. Much of the recent work in this area has focused on verifying the behavior of simple networks, whose actions are dictated by static, immutable rules configured ahead of time. However, in reality, modern networks contain a variety of middleboxes, whose behavior is affected both by their configuration and by mutable state updated in response to packets received by them. In this position paper we critically review recent progress on network verification, propose some next steps towards a more complete form of network verification, dispel some myths about networks, provide a more formal description of our approach, and end with a discussion of the formal questions posed to this community by the network verification agenda.

Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publication1st Summit on Advances in Programming Languages, SNAPL 2015
EditorsThomas Ball, Rastislav Bodik, Benjamin S. Lerner, Greg Morrisett, Shriram Krishnamurthi
PublisherSchloss Dagstuhl- Leibniz-Zentrum fur Informatik GmbH, Dagstuhl Publishing
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9783939897804
StatePublished - 1 May 2015
Event1st Summit on Advances in Programming Languages, SNAPL 2015 - Asilomar, United States
Duration: 3 May 20156 May 2015

Publication series

NameLeibniz International Proceedings in Informatics, LIPIcs
ISSN (Print)1868-8969


Conference1st Summit on Advances in Programming Languages, SNAPL 2015
Country/TerritoryUnited States

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We thank Ori Lahav for help with the RONO proof. We also thank Cole Schlesinger, Aditya Akella, Shriram Krishnamurthi and Nate Foster for help debugging parts of the RONO proof. We are grateful to Justine Sherry, Colin Scott and the anonymous reviewers for their comments and suggestion on this paper. This research is supported in part by NSF grants 1420064, 1343947, 1040838; ISF grant 420/12; Israel Ministry of Science Grant 3-9772; a Marie Curie Career Integration Grant; the Israeli Center for Research Excellence in Algorithms; and by funding from Intel and AT&T.


  • Middleboxes
  • Mutable dataplane
  • Network verification


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