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START-ECO: Advanced Solutions and Technologies for ECO-Sustainable Telecommunications Networks

 

Parties involved

Ericsson Telecomunicazioni Spa, Softeco Srl, Università di Genova (DITEN e DIBRIS), CNR (ISSIA e IEIIT), Aitek Spa, Gruppo Sigla Srl, Abirk Srl, NIS Srl

 

Project Overview

Il progetto START-ECO, già sviluppato, si è posto come obiettivo lo studio, la definizione e la dimostrazione di un insieme di soluzioni innovative a livello di apparati, dispositivi e sistemi di gestione e controllo, che operino in modo integrato e diffuso negli apparati e nei protocolli dell’intera rete, determinando e mettendo in opera dinamicamente configurazioni capaci di ottimizzare il consumo complessivo della rete, mantenendo nel contempo le capacità della rete stessa idonea per supportare i servizi richiesti con il necessario livello di qualità.

The project START-ECO, already developed, where the objective is the study, definition and demonstration of a set of innovative solutions for equipment, devices, management and control systems, which operate in an integrated and widespread manner in the system and in the protocols of the entire network, dynamically determining and implementing configurations capable of optimizing the overall consumption of the network while maintaining capacity, making it suitable to maintain the required services at the necessary quality level.

The START-ECO project has essentially addressed solutions for eco-sustainable telecommunications networks by studying, defining and introducing mechanisms and technologies that optimize energy efficiency in TLC equipment and systems.

It should be pointed out that the aim is a dynamic minimization of consumption according to the offered load, but at the same time respecting the constraints to maintain a certain level of service quality and safety levels.

The optimization mechanisms have been implemented without introducing functional limitations and / or substantial changes in the operational capabilities of both the equipment involved and the network as a whole. The solutions adopted have provided for an introduction to the equipment and interfaces of advanced standby and power dynamic scaling capabilities, conveniently extending the line and network protocols to support these functions.

The realization of consumption optimization has proposed the study of new models able to summarize the energetic behavior of the equipment and interfaces according to the load status, the available power management features and the level of performance and quality of service required. The set of defined solutions can be divided into three distinct areas of intervention that are applied in two different segments of the network (access and transport), verifying both the possible synergies and interactions that can occur between the different solutions analyzed and the different application contexts; both results are obtained by focusing on an integrated network plan.

 

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