Mobility

Using Batteries to Reduce the Power Costs of Internet-Scale Distributed Networks

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Executive Summary

Modern Internet-scale distributed networks have hundreds of thousands of servers deployed in hundreds of locations and networks around the world. Canonical examples of such networks are Content Delivery Networks (called CDNs) that the users study in this paper. The operating expenses of large distributed networks are increasingly driven by the cost of supplying power to their servers. Typically, CDNs procure power through long-term contracts from co-location providers and pay on the basis of the power (KWs) provisioned for them, rather than on the basis of the energy (KWHs) actually consumed. The authors proposed the use of batteries to reduce both the required power supply and the incurred power cost of a CDN.

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