Design Sleep Mode and Wakeup Method for OpenFlow Switches

  • Tran Hoang Vu
  • Vu Cong Luc

Abstract

In  this  paper,  we  present  a  design  and  an evaluation  of  two  power  management  modes  that reduce the  energy  consumption  of OpenFlow switches. First,  we  define  two  new  low  power  modes:  SLEEP PORT  and  SLEEP  SWITCH,  which  reduce   energy consumption   in  cases  where  packets  on  port  or switches  are  absent.  Second,  we  present  a  Wake  on LAN  (WOL)  method  for  OpenFlow  Switches  to  wake up  Ethernet  ports  or  the  whole  switch  from  inactive states.  Finally,  we  describe  our  design,  experimental results and  performance evaluations. Our results show that the control SLEEP PORT mode on a switch might save  about 9.8% power consumption per  port,  and  up to about 60% of total power consumption of the switch with SLEEP  SWITCH mode.  In  addition,  we  will implement  this  method  to  Openflow  Switch  bases  on NetFPGA- 10 Gigabit in the future.
Published
2015-10-28
Section
Regular Articles