Computer Science and Engineering, Department of


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IEEE ANTS 2014 1570023437, pp. 1-3.


Copyright 2014. Used by permission.


We propose a multi-layer energy saving technique for optical core networks that aims at reducing energy consumption by powering off components in different layers of the network. After obtaining satisfactory results in saving energy by powering off ports in the IP layer in our previous work, in this paper we target more savings by considering additional layers in the network. The model proposed in this paper is a heuristic that bases the capacity prediction for a future time slot on the number of 40G links needed in the current time slot. It also revolves around four parameters for which the values are empirically set. We set two thresholds, low and high, as well as the number of links to power off or power on each time the utilization is below or above a threshold. We assess our model through experiments featuring an Internet2-like topology and a real one-day worth of traffic split into five-minute time slots. The results offer a comparison between different parameters settings and how they affect energy savings and the number of overflows in the network that result from mis-prediction. That said, we demonstrate that our model can achieve up to 90% reduction in energy consumption in the best case when the future traffic is known; otherwise, the savings can range between 82% and 88%, with the occurrence of a small amount of traffic overflow events.