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Tools, Architectures and Techniques for Monitoring Energy Efficiency in Computer Networks: State of the Art Survey

International Journal of Computer Applications
Foundation of Computer Science (FCS), NY, USA
Year of Publication: 2016
Mwavu Rogers, Mugonza Robert, John Businge

Mwavu Rogers, Mugonza Robert and John Businge. Tools, Architectures and Techniques for Monitoring Energy Efficiency in Computer Networks: State of the Art Survey. International Journal of Computer Applications 146(14):16-23, July 2016. BibTeX

	author = {Mwavu Rogers and Mugonza Robert and John Businge},
	title = {Tools, Architectures and Techniques for Monitoring Energy Efficiency in Computer Networks: State of the Art Survey},
	journal = {International Journal of Computer Applications},
	issue_date = {July 2016},
	volume = {146},
	number = {14},
	month = {Jul},
	year = {2016},
	issn = {0975-8887},
	pages = {16-23},
	numpages = {8},
	url = {},
	doi = {10.5120/ijca2016910939},
	publisher = {Foundation of Computer Science (FCS), NY, USA},
	address = {New York, USA}


Energy efficiency in data center networks is increasingly becoming a gold standard for implementers. Energy costs are becoming high while performance is highly demanded. And while efforts are directed to the design of energy efficient networks, a number of open issues require addressing including: - scalability, fault tolerance, efficiency in performance though their presence does not outweigh the benefits of networks energy-aware. Truly, we observe that improvements in computer networks hardware performance comes with increasing energy consumption. To address these complementary challenges, this paper technically surveys existing, approaches and techniques (virtualization, energy-aware routing, among others), tools, and architectures employed in energy efficient computer networks. We have also provided a thorough review of data centre networks: server centric, switch centric and dual centric architectures with a view to inform developers and implementers of the overhead given architectural choice, identified challenges and opportunities. We conclude upon the survey that dual centric computer networks architectures have various nice properties for practical computer networks and provide flexible choices in designing of computer network architectures.


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Energy efficiency, Tools, Architectures, and Techniques and computer networks.