Energy-efficient congestion control
Various link bandwidth adjustment mechanisms are being developed to save network energy. However, their interaction with congestion control can significantly reduce network throughput, and is not well understood. We firstly put forward a framework to study this interaction, and then propose an easily implementable dynamic bandwidth adjustment (DBA) mechanism for the links. In DBA, each link updates its bandwidth according to an integral control law to match its average buffer size with a target buffer size. We prove that DBA reduces link bandwidth without sacrificing throughput---DBA only turns off excess bandwidth---in the presence of congestion control. Preliminary ns2 simulations confirm this result.
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