Towards Energy Efficient Data Intensive Computing Using IEEE 802.3az
Energy efficiency is an increasingly important requirement for computing and communication systems, especially with their increasing pervasiveness. The IEEE 802.3az protocol reduces the network energy consumption by turning active copper Ethernet links to a low power model when no traffic exists. However, the effect of 802.3az heavily depends on the network traffic patterns which makes system level energy optimization challenging. In clusters, distributed data intensive applications that generate heavy network traffic are common, and in turn the required network devices can consume large amounts of energy.