Optimum Traffic Allocation in Bundled Energy-Efficient Ethernet Links


The energy demands of Ethernet links have been an active focus of research in the recent years. This work has enabled a new generation of energy-efficient Ethernet (EEE) interfaces able to adapt their power consumption to the actual traffic demands, thus yielding significant energy savings. With the energy consumption of single network connections being a olved problem, in this paper, we focus on the energy demands of linkaggregates that are commonly used to increase the capacity of a network connection. We build on known energy models of single EEE links to derive the energy demands of the whole aggregate as a function on how the traffic load is spread among its powered links. We then provide a practical method to share the load that minimizes overall energy consumption with controlled packet delay and prove that it is valid for a wide range of EEE links. Finally, we validate our method with both synthetic and real traffic traces captured inInternet backbones.

IEEE Systems Journal, Volume: 12, Issue: 1, p. 593 - 603, (Mar. 2018)