Dynamic cost?

Michael McConnell michael at winkstreaming.com
Wed Dec 21 20:09:44 CET 2016

Hello Mike,

There is no concept of latency by peer in any main stream routing protocol because latency can be influenced by traffic load, which would create a real mess trying to understand the traffic flow. If you know one link is always lower latency than the next you simply set the cost manually at startup. 

Cisco’s EIGRP protocol does have a load concept, but I believe Cisco pretty much says don’t use it (;

If you really wanted to you could create a script that ran a manual test of the latency of each link, the script could then updated the cost value in bird and reconfigure it though.


Michael McConnell
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> On Dec 21, 2016, at 12:52 PM, Mike Jones <mike at mikejones.in> wrote:
> Hi,
> I have an OSPF based network using bird for routing the core and it
> seems to work fine, however the network is geographically diverse and
> some of the routing is sub-optimal. Specifically, the default route is
> going shortest hops rather than lowest latency.
> What I would like to do is have the OSPF cost reflect the latency of
> the link, however I am having a problem coming up with a
> scalable/automated way of doing this. As far as I can tell there is no
> built in "latency to peer" I can reference? I could configure a manual
> entry for each peer in the config file, however that doesn't seem very
> manageable, even with some kind of script to generate the config file.
> From what I can gather there is no way for a filter to reference an
> external file/database/script to adjust the routes on import. I even
> considered a convoluted approach of having a script inject the peers
> IP address in to a special kernel table and using the route metric to
> feed numbers in to bird, but couldn't find a way of storing the data
> and referencing it on a later route lookup.
> Basically what I want is that when an OSPF peer comes up I ping it
> then set the cost for all routes received from that neighbour to the
> latency (with some basic sanity like a min and max). I don't expect
> the latency to vary much once a link is up, however I do need to
> auto-discover new peers appearing on the network.
> Any ideas?
> Thanks
> - Mike Jones

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