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Benefits of green energy and proportionality in high speed wide area networks connecting data centers

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3 Author(s)
Aksanli, B. ; Comput. Sci. & Eng. Dept., Univ. of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA, USA ; Rosing, T.S. ; Monga, I.

Many companies deploy multiple data centers across the globe to satisfy the dramatically increased computational demand. Wide area connectivity between such geographically distributed data centers has an important role to ensure both the quality of service, and, as bandwidths increase to 100Gbps and beyond, as an efficient way to dynamically distribute the computation. The energy cost of data transmission is dominated by the router power consumption, which is unfortunately not energy proportional. In this paper we not only quantify the performance benefits of leveraging the network to run more jobs, but also analyze its energy impact. We compare the benefits of redesigning routers to be more energy efficient to those obtained by leveraging locally available green energy as a complement to the brown energy supply. Furthermore, we design novel green energy aware routing policies for wide area traffic and compare to state-of-the-art shortest path routing algorithm. Our results indicate that using energy proportional routers powered in part by green energy along with our new routing algorithm results in 10x improvement in per router energy efficiency with 36% average increase in the number of jobs completed.

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Design, Automation & Test in Europe Conference & Exhibition (DATE), 2012

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12-16 March 2012