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In this contribution, the main objective is to introduce and to support standby modes in next-generation devices for backbone networks. The main idea consists of periodically reconfiguring nodes and links to meet incoming traffic volumes and operational constraints of real-world networks, such as reliability, stability, quality of service, and re-convergence times. To this purpose, the approach is mainly f4tnded on two features already and largely present in today's networks and devices: the network resource virtualization and the modular architecture of nodes.
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