NetTrails: A Declarative Platform for Maintaining and Querying Provenance in Distributed Systems

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Zhuo, Wenchao
Fei, Qiong
Sun, Shengzhi
Tao, Tao
Sherr, Micah

We demonstrate NetTrails, a declarative platform for maintaining and interactively querying network provenance in a distributed system. Network provenance describes the history and derivations of network state that result from the execution of a distributed protocol. It has broad applicability in the management, diagnosis, and security analysis of networks. Our demonstration shows the use of NetTrails for maintaining and querying network provenance in a variety of distributed settings, ranging from declarative networks to unmodified legacy distributed systems. We conclude our demonstration with a discussion of our ongoing research on enhancing the query language and security guarantees.

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Zhuo, W., Fei, Q., Sun, S., Tao, T., Haeberlen, A., Ives, Z., Loo, B., & Sherr, M., NetTrails: A Declarative Platform for Maintaining and Querying Provenance in Distributed Systems, ACM SIGMOD International Conference on Management of Data (SIGMOD'11), June 2011, doi: COPYRIGHT NOTICE. Copyright © 2011 by the Association for Computing Machinery, Inc. Permission to make digital or hard copies of part or all of this work for personal or classroom use is granted without fee provided that copies are not made or distributed for profit or commercial advantage and that copies bear this notice and the full citation on the first page. Copyrights for components of this work owned by others than ACM must be honored. Abstracting with credit is permitted. To copy otherwise, to republish, to post on servers, or to redistribute to lists, requires prior specific permission and/or a fee. Request permissions from Publications Dept., ACM, Inc., fax +1 (212) 869-0481, or
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