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Globecom 2012- Next Generation Networking and Internet Symposium On-line Power Savings in a Distributed Multi-stage Router Architecture

By Andrea Bianco, Fikru Getachew Debele and Luca Giraudo


Abstract — We focus on a distributed multi-stage software router (MSSR) architecture internally composed by several personal computers (PCs) to overcome scalability and performance issues of software routers (SRs) based on a single PC. Sizing the internal architecture to sustain the peak load may lead to power inefficiency at low loads. This paper presents a power saving scheme to improve the power efficiency of the MSSR by dynamically adapting the size of its internal architecture to the offered load to reduce power needs. The off-line problem is defined as a mixed integer linear programming optimization model, shown to be NP-hard. We propose a differential on-line heuristic to solve the optimization problem when the traffic load changes. The heuristic avoids the complete MSSR reconfiguration of the optimal off-line solution that may lead to forwarding delay increase or service interruption. The performance evaluation shows that the proposed on-line algorithm, that gracefully modifies the internal MSSR configuration, preserves the load proportional power demand characteristics of the optimal offline solution. I

Year: 2014
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