May 3-6, 2015 Asilomar, California

New Directions for Network Verification

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

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.