hieving energy efficiency has recently become an essential aim of networking research due to the ever increasing power consumption and CO2 emissions generated by large data networks. For this problem, the emerging paradigm of Software-Defined Networks (SDN) can be seen as an attractive solution. In these networks an energy-aware routing model could be easily implemented leveraging the control and data plane separation. This paper addresses the problem of optimizing the power consumption in SDN using an energy-aware traffic engineering approach that minimizes the number of links that can be used to satisfy a given traffic demand. Different from previous works, we focus on optimizing energy consumption in OpenFlow networks with in-band control traffic. Our approach also considers performance constraints that are crucial in the correct operation of SDN, such as bounded delay for the control plane traffic and load balance between controllers. First, we present a complete formulation of the optimization problem involving the routing requirements for control and data plane communications. To reduce the time complexity of our model in large-scale topologies we derive a heuristic algorithm. Significant values of energy saving (up to 60%) are reached in the simulations using real topologies and demands data.

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Published on 01/01/2016

Volume 2016, 2016
DOI: 10.1109/glocom.2016.7841561
Licence: CC BY-NC-SA license

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