An OSPF Enhancement for Energy Saving in IP Networks
This paper deals with a strategy to save energy in an IP network during low traffic hours allowing a subset of IP router interfaces to be put in sleep mode by means of an Energy Aware Routing (EAR) strategy. The EAR is fully compatible with OSPF and is based on the "Shortest Path Tree (SPT) exportation" mechanism, consisting in sharing the SPTs among couple of routers. The EAR strategy is able to control the set of links to be put in sleep mode through the concept of "Move". This approach gives the network operator the possibility to control the network performance and allows a smoothed QoS degradation strategy to be implemented.