Towards zero-time wakeup of line cards in power-aware routers

Tian Pan, Ting Zhang, Junxiao Shi, Yang Li, Linxiao Jin, Fuliang Li, Jiahai Yang, Beichuan Zhang, Bin Liu

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As the network infrastructure has been consuming more and more power, various schemes have been proposed to improve power efficiency of network devices. Many schemes put links to sleep when idle and wake them up when needed. A presumption in these schemes, though, is that router's line cards can be waken up quickly. However, through systematic measurement of a major vender's high-end router, we find that it takes minutes to get a line card ready under the current implementation. To address this issue, we propose a new line card design that (1) keeps the host processor in a line card always up, which only consumes a small fraction of power, and (2) downloads a slim slot of popular prefixes with higher priority, so that the line card will be ready for forwarding most of the traffic much earlier. We design algorithms that ensure fast and correct longest prefix match lookup during prioritized routing prefix download. Experiments on real hardware show that the wakeup time can be reduced to 127.27ms, which is 0.3% of the original line card wakeup time, well supporting many power-saving schemes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationIEEE INFOCOM 2014 - IEEE Conference on Computer Communications
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9781479933600
StatePublished - 2014
Event33rd IEEE Conference on Computer Communications, IEEE INFOCOM 2014 - Toronto, ON, Canada
Duration: Apr 27 2014May 2 2014

Publication series

NameProceedings - IEEE INFOCOM
ISSN (Print)0743-166X


Other33rd IEEE Conference on Computer Communications, IEEE INFOCOM 2014
CityToronto, ON

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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