Energy-Aware Routing: a Reality Check
Abstract— In this work, we analyze the design of green routing algorithms and evaluate the achievable energy savings that such mechanisms could allow in several realistic network scenarios. We formulate the problem as a minimum energy routing optimization, which we numerically solve considering a core-network scenario, which can be seen as a worst-case for energy saving performance (as nodes cannot be switched off). To gather full-relief results, we analyze the energy savings in various conditions (i.e., network topology and traffic matrix) and under different technology assumptions (i.e., the energy profile of the network devices). These results give us insight into the potential benefits of different “green” technologies and their interactions. In particular, we show that depending on the topology and traffic matrices, the optimal energy savings can be modest, partly limiting the interest for green routing approaches for some scenarios. At the same time, we also show that the common belief that there is a trade off between green network optimization and performance does not necessarily hold: in the considered environment, green routing has no effect on the main network performances such as maximum link utilization.
3rd International Workshop on Green Communications (GreenComm3), in conjunction with IEEE GLOBECOM 2010 3rd International Workshop on Green Communications (GreenComm3), in conjunction with IEEE GLOBECOM 2010proceeding with peer review 2010-10