Energy Saving and Network Performance: A Trade-Off Approach

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Executive Summary

Power consumption of the Information and Communication Technology sector (ICT) has recently become a key challenge. In particular, actions to improve energy-efficiency of Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are becoming imperative. To this purpose, in this paper, the authors focus on reducing the power consumption of access nodes in an ISP network, by controlling the amount of service capacity each network device has to offer to meet the actual traffic demand. More specifically, they propose a Green router (Grouter) implementing a congestion control technique named Active Window Management (AWM) coupled with a new capacity scaling algorithm named Energy Aware service Rate Tuner Handling (EARTH).

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