Mobility

Simulating the Power Consumption of Computer Networks

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Executive Summary

The authors introduce a high-fidelity simulation model to evaluate the power consumption of computer networks derived from measured data on routers. To this end, they design and use a power consumption profiling system to parameterize the electrical power consumption of network elements in terms of data traffic. A model validation done by comparing simulation outputs for a test case with actual measurements from an equivalent network testbed confirms the accuracy of the model. Finally, the authors apply the model to investigate power saving routing on a representative MPLS network.

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