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If the people had a tenth the energy to run the Internet, and if that energy were ten times as volatile, how might they rethink the Internet's design? Recent studies indicate that energy costs will rise substantially over the coming decades, due primarily to the increasing difficulty of locating and extracting fossil fuels. The authors examined how to re-design the Internet for an energy-constrained future powered by diffuse, intermittent, and expensive power sources. They consider the types of constraints this might place upon the Internet architecture and the manner in which important network components can function in this new environment. They, then attempt to chart a path forward for future research.
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