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Post-peak ICT: graceful degradation for communication networks in an energy constrained future

Sofie Lambert (UGent) , Margot Deruyck (UGent) , Ward Van Heddeghem (UGent) , Bart Lannoo (UGent) , Wout Joseph (UGent) , Didier Colle (UGent) , Mario Pickavet (UGent) and Piet Demeester (UGent)
(2015) IEEE COMMUNICATIONS MAGAZINE. 53(11). p.166-174
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In recent years, rising energy prices and increasing environmental concerns have boosted research in the so called green ICT and green networking research tracks, aimed at improving the energy efficiency of communications while still offering maximal functionality. In this article we explore a future scenario in which low power networking is no longer optional, but instead becomes a necessity due to fluctuating energy availability. The contribution of this work is twofold. First, we argue why a so called post-peak future scenario, in which we can no longer rely on fossil fuels as our main resource for electricity production, is not unlikely, and what it might entail. Second, we explore the consequences of such a scenario for ICT: How well can current and future infrastructures cope with temporary energy limitations? As an illustration, we present a case study showing the impact of reduced energy availability on a wireless access network.
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POWER-CONSUMPTION, OIL, WIRELESS ACCESS NETWORKS, IBCN

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Lambert, Sofie, Margot Deruyck, Ward Van Heddeghem, Bart Lannoo, Wout Joseph, Didier Colle, Mario Pickavet, and Piet Demeester. 2015. “Post-peak ICT: Graceful Degradation for Communication Networks in an Energy Constrained Future.” Ieee Communications Magazine 53 (11): 166–174.
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Lambert, S., Deruyck, M., Van Heddeghem, W., Lannoo, B., Joseph, W., Colle, D., Pickavet, M., et al. (2015). Post-peak ICT: graceful degradation for communication networks in an energy constrained future. IEEE COMMUNICATIONS MAGAZINE, 53(11), 166–174.
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Lambert S, Deruyck M, Van Heddeghem W, Lannoo B, Joseph W, Colle D, et al. Post-peak ICT: graceful degradation for communication networks in an energy constrained future. IEEE COMMUNICATIONS MAGAZINE. 2015;53(11):166–74.
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Lambert, Sofie, Margot Deruyck, Ward Van Heddeghem, et al. “Post-peak ICT: Graceful Degradation for Communication Networks in an Energy Constrained Future.” IEEE COMMUNICATIONS MAGAZINE 53.11 (2015): 166–174. Print.
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  abstract     = {In recent years, rising energy prices and increasing environmental concerns have boosted research in the so called green ICT and green networking research tracks, aimed at improving the energy efficiency of communications while still offering maximal functionality. In this article we explore a future scenario in which low power networking is no longer optional, but instead becomes a necessity due to fluctuating energy availability. The contribution of this work is twofold. First, we argue why a so called post-peak future scenario, in which we can no longer rely on fossil fuels as our main resource for electricity production, is not unlikely, and what it might entail. Second, we explore the consequences of such a scenario for ICT: How well can current and future infrastructures cope with temporary energy limitations? As an illustration, we present a case study showing the impact of reduced energy availability on a wireless access network.},
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  issn         = {0163-6804},
  journal      = {IEEE COMMUNICATIONS MAGAZINE},
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  language     = {eng},
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  pages        = {166--174},
  title        = {Post-peak ICT: graceful degradation for communication networks in an energy constrained future},
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  year         = {2015},
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