April 20, 2016

Energy-Efficient IP Core Network Design under General Traffic Demands

  • Antonakopoulos S.
  • Bejerano Y.
  • Zhang Z.

We consider the problem of minimizing the power consumption of IP core networks by means of power aware design and auto configuration of the Points of Presence (PoPs), given general traffic demands on the links. Although the problem is in general NP-complete, we give an optimal algorithm for an important variant where the number of ports on each line-card chassis is $2$. For the general problem, we design two approximation algorithms with respective $P/2$ and $2ln N$ approximation ratios, where $P$ is the number of ports on each line-card chassis, and $N$ is the number of chassis within the PoP. When the traffic demands are correlated, we prove that our algorithms are optimal. Extensive simulations demonstrate that our PoP design and auto-configuration algorithms significantly outperform existing design solutions over a wide range of traffic instances.

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