ENERGY EFFICIENT DESIGN OF COMMUNICATIONS NETWORKS

Abstract: 

Recent worldwide studies have shown that the amount of energy needed in modern communication networks is a significant part of the total energy consumed for all types of human activities. Even more important is that the energy share of communication networks is increasing rapidly along with its corresponding carbon footprint.

Since traffic is growing at near exponential rates of ~ 40%/yr, while network equipment efficiency improvement is slowing to ~10%/yr and if the energy consumed for carrying a bit is not reduced substantially, it is feared that energy consumption and not bandwidth will be the bottleneck of networks 10 years from now, when traffic will have increased 30-fold. This issue has been recognized by the academic and industrial communities, which have intensified research and technological development efforts towards minimizing power consumption in all parts of the network (e.g., recent activities under the general term "œGreen Communications"). However, it is easy to see by inspecting the area, that there are still many unexplored topics and there is room for considerable reductions in the energy consumed for networking purposes.

The proposed project aims to optimize some of the basic network operations with respect to energy, without degrading the quality of the provided services. The suggested approach can be characterized as a "holistic" one, as it treats the communications network as a cohesive entity, with emphasis on the energy consumption criterion.

It is expected that, the successful implementation of the project will provide solid results to the problem at hand and will open new research directions towards optimizing the use of energy in a network. The fruitful cooperation of experts from different disciplines (networking, digital communications, signal processing, network devices hardware, etc.) will be the key to the success of this project.

Website: http://xanthippi.ceid.upatras.gr/endecon/

Project info

Acronym:
ENDECON
Coordinating Institution:
University of Patras
Scientific Coordinator:
Berberidis Kostas
Research Team 2 Leader:
Varvarigos Emmanouel
Research Team 3 Leader:
Rontogiannis Athanasios
Research Team 4 Leader:
Rouskas Angelos

Stats

I.D.:
1148
Mis:
376996
Duration (months):
36
Budget:
600 000.00
Diavgeia:
ΑΔΑ: Β4Λ59-ΒΒ8

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