Turkish Journal of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences




In recent times, energy consumption in communication media has been increasing drastically. In the literature, energy-saving techniques that enable network devices to enter sleep state or limit the data rate have been proposed to reduce energy costs. In our earlier work, we proposed an energy-saving technique called burst-based adaptive link rate (BBALR), the simulation of which assures increased energy savings. In this paper, we have emulated the hardware implementation of BBALR and compared its performance with the outputs of other prominent energy-saving policies based on dynamic link rate adaption. The energy savings are mapped from the measured sleep time and reference power values. We have used NetFPGA as the testbed, which is a research platform for building real-time network hardware prototypes.


Network prototype, green networks, hardware implementation, NetFPGA, policy-based forwarding, dynamic link rates, energy-efficient forwarding, emulation

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