Energy-efficient Networking

General Information

This intensive course will cover recent developments in Green Networking with an overview in Green Computing and Sustainability.

  • Instructor: Simin Nadjm-Tehrani, Jordi Cucurull Juan
  • Examiner: Simin Nadjm-Tehrani


  • Introduction to the course (printed handouts)
  • Introduction to Green computing (pdf)
  • Green networking overview (printed handouts)
  • Wireless networks (printed handouts)
  • Wired networks (pdf1, pdf2)
  • Sensor networking (pdf)
  • Invited lecture: Aruna Prem Bianzino, Politecnico Torino (pdf)

Course literature:

[1] San Murugesan. Harnessing Green IT: Principles and Practices. IT Professional 10, 1 (January 2008), 24-33. (pdf)

[2] Parthasarathy Ranganathan. Recipe for efficiency: principles of power-aware computing. Communications of the ACM 53, 4 (April 2010), 60-67. (pdf)

[3] Luiz André Barroso and Urs Hölzle. The Datacenter as a Computer - An Introduction to the Design of Warehouse-Scale Machines (Chapters 4 and 5). Morgan & Claypool Publishers, 2009. (pdf)

[4] K. Christensen, P. Reviriego, B. Nordman, M. Bennett, M. Mostowfi, J.A. Maestro. IEEE 802.3az: the road to energy efficient ethernet. Communications Magazine, IEEE. 2010 (pdf)

[5] Yuvraj Agarwal, Steve Hodges, Ranveer Chandra, James Scott, Victor Bahl, and Rajesh Gupta. Somniloquy: Augmenting Network Interfaces to Reduce PC Energy Usage. USENIX. 2009 (pdf)

[6] Aruna Prem Bianzino, Claude Chaudet, Dario Rossi, and Jean-Louis Rougier, A survey of green networking research, IEEE Communication surveys & tutorials, to appear 2012. (pdf)

[7] Maruti Gupta and Suresh Singh, Greening the Internet, ACM SIGCOMM 2003. (pdf)

[8] Marco Marsan and Michela Meo, Energy efficient wireless Internet access with cooperative cellular networks, Computer Networks (55), Elsevier, 2011. (pdf)

[9] Amit P. Jardosh, Konstantina Papagiannaki, Elizabeth M. Belding, Kevin C. Almeroth, Gianluca Iannaccone, Bapi Vinnakota, Green WLANs: On-Demand WLAN Infrastructure, MONET, December 2009. (pdf)

Supplementary reading as background:

[10] Andrew Grover. Modern System Power Management. ACM Queue vol. 1, no. 7 (October 2003), 66-72. (pdf)

[11] David J. Brown and Charles Reams. Toward Energy-Efficient Computing. Communications of the ACM. 2010 (pdf)

List of suitable articles for student presentations:


C. Gunaratne, K. Christensen, B. Nordman, S. Suen. Reducing the Energy Consumption of Ethernet with Adaptive Link Rate (ALR), Computers, IEEE Transactions on, 2008 (pdf)

Sergiu Nedevschi, Jaideep Chandrashekar, Junda Liu, Bruce Nordman, Sylvia Ratnasamy, and Nina Taft. Skilled in the art of being idle: reducing energy waste in networked systems. In Proceedings of the 6th USENIX symposium on Networked systems design and implementation (NSDI'09). USENIX Association, Berkeley, CA, USA, 381-394. (pdf)


Justin Manweiler, Romit Roy Choudhury. Avoiding the Rush Hours: WiFi Energy Management for Mobile Devices, ACM MobiSys, June 2011. (pdf)

Namboodiri, V. Lixin Gao. Energy-Efficient VoIP over Wireless LANs, Mobile Computing, IEEE Transactions on, 2010. (pdf)

Feng Zhang, T.C. Todd, Dongmei Zhao, V. Kezys; Power saving access points for IEEE 802-11 wireless network infrastructure, Mobile Computing, IEEE Transactions on, 2005 (pdf)

Wireless Sensor Networks:

Wei Ye, John Heidemann, and Deborah Estrin. Medium access control with coordinated adaptive sleeping for wireless sensor networks. IEEE/ACM Trans. Netw. 12, 3 (June 2004), 493-506. (pdf)


Andrew Rice, Simon Hay. Measuring mobile phone energy consumption for 802.11 wireless networking. Pervasive and Mobile Computing 6 (2010) 593-606 (pdf)

Steven Swanson and Michael Bedford Taylor. GreenDroid: Exploring the next evolution in smartphone application processors,Communications Magazine, IEEE 49(4):112-119, April 2011 (pdf).


Balasubramanian et al. Energy consumption in mobile phones: a measurement study and implications for network applications. Proceedings of the 9th ACM SIGCOMM conference on Internet measurement conference IMC 2009 (pdf)

Humar et al. Rethinking Energy Efficiency Models of Cellular Networks with Embodied Energy. Network IEEE 2011 (pdf)

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