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1 Power Saving

2 2 Greening of the Internet Main idea: Reduce energy consumption in the network by turning off routers (and router components) when they are not being used –Line cards –Crossbar –Main processor Why? –Greater deployment possibilities where energy is scarce –Benefits in the event of a disaster Question: How much of total power consumption is turning off these components vs. ancillary things like cooling for the data center, etc. –What is the biggest source of overhead? –Micro vs. macro power savings

3 3 Two Types of Sleeping Uncoordinated sleeping –Node makes local decisions about when to sleep –Paper makes some sketchy arguments about packet interarrival times, etc. Coordinated sleeping –Combination of powering off routers and re-routing

4 4 How and When to Sleep? Look at packet interarrival times, etc. and figure out intervals when the line card is not being utilized Look at periods of time when the network as a whole is being underutilized –Put parts of the network (i.e., some routers) to sleep when the whole network doesnt need to be up and running –What effect does this have on delay, etc.? –How to orchestrate this re-routing?

5 5 Tight Coupling of Logical and Physical Today, the physical and logical configurations of a router is tightly coupled –Hardware upgrade requires logical re-configuration –Customer re-homing requires re-configuration The less re-configurations, the better –Less protocol reconvergence –Less traffic disruption –Less configuration errors and overhead

6 6 VROOM Separates the Logical and Physical All logical configurations/states remain the same before/after the migration –IP addresses remain the same –Routing protocol configurations remain the same –Routing-protocol adjacencies stay up –No protocol (BGP/IGP) reconvergence Network topology stays intact –Adjacent routers wont know the router has moved Virtually no disruption to traffic –Our most recent results show that the traffic downtime can be eliminated

7 7 Application: Power Saving Big power consumption of routers –Millions of Routers in the U.S. –Electricity bill: $ hundreds of millions/year (Source: National Technical Information Service, Department of Commerce, Figures for 2005 & 2010 are projections.)

8 8 Application: Power Saving Observation: the diurnal traffic pattern Idea: contract and expand the physical network according to the traffic demand

9 9 Enabling Technologies 1.Virtual routers –Vendors: Cisco VRF, Juniper logical routers, … –Research community: GENI, Cabo, … –Todays virtual routers have to stay put 2.Live virtual machine migration –Available from VMWare, Xen, … –Typically limited to LANs –Dont have dedicated forwarding engine (e.g., FIBs, line cards, …)

10 10 Enabling Technologies 3.Programmable transport layers –Long-haul links are reconfigurable Layer 3 point-to-point links are multi-hop at layer 1/2 –Benefit for VROOM: links are easily migratable Chicago New York Washington D.C. : Multi-service optical switch (e.g., Ciena CoreDirector)

11 11 Enabling Technologies 4.Packet-aware access networks –Access links are becoming inherently virtualized Customers connects to provider edge (PE) via pseudo-wires (virtual circuits) –Benefit for VROOM: multiple customers can share the same physical interface on PE routers Dedicated physical port Shared physical port

12 12 VROOM Architecture Virtual link migration –Leverage programmable transport networks

13 13 VROOM Architecture Minimize downtime –In commercial routers, data plane runs in dedicated hardware (line cards) –Idea: keep the data plane forwarding traffic while migrating the control plane

14 14 Deciding Where To Migrate Physical constraints –Latency E.g, NYC to Washington D.C.: 2 msec –Link capacity Enough remaining capacity for extra traffic –Platform compatibility Routers from different vendors –Router capability E.g., number of ACLs supported Good news: these constraints limit the search space of migration destinations

15 15 VROOM Architecture Edge migration –Leverage packet-aware transport networks Virtualized interfaces (label-based) Virtualized access links (pseudo-wires) No need for a per customer physical interface on PE routers

16 16 Events During Migration Network failure during migration –The old VR image is not deleted until the migration is confirmed successful Routing messages arrive during the migration of the control plane –BGP: TCP retransmission –OSPF: reliable flooding

17 17 Prototype Evaluation Configure a Xen virtual machine to work as a software router Leverage the live migration functionality provided by Xen Use GRE tunnels to emulate virtual links –No assumption on the underlying physical/link layer technology

18 18 Questions How does this relate to hot standby? –Relation to MOWER (LAWN gateway) architecture (involves swapping MAC/IP addresses on two redundant boxes so that upgrades, failures, etc. are transparent to hosts) What if all you needed was forwarding state + backup? Why process migration as opposed to state migration? –Minimizing the amount of state, etc. can make the migration easier (?) –Not necessarily, but state that doesnt change in the events of failure is easier to migrate (e.g., consider the case of FRR)

19 19 Questions Migrating state vs. migrating processes What layer is appropriate for migrating links? –Migrating at layer 2 is inherently limiting –LAWN is a good example: the campus-wide VLAN is stretching the limits of what is practically feasible (e.g., due to gratuitous use of broadcast, etc.) –Assumptions about latency, time to recover from failures, etc.

20 20 Opportunities DTNs: powering down is a form of disruption Splicing: Compute backups so that you can power down without having to do anything special in the control plane Management and monitoring tools must adapt to account for planned failures Using designs for planned failures might result in protocols that are more resilient to unplanned failures What-if scenario evaluation: Where should you power down? Is it possible to power down Google datacenters (whats the cost of electricity at that site, at certain times of day, etc.)? Power costs of optical vs. copper, etc. AGORA/Cabo: Spot market for routers, circuits, etc.

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