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Reference Number EP/X040828/1
Title CBET-EPSRC: TECAN - Telemetry-Enabled Carbon Aware Networking
Status Started
Energy Categories Energy Efficiency(Industry) 100%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Computer Science and Informatics) 80%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) 20%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Professor N Zilberman

Engineering Science
University of Oxford
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 April 2024
End Date 31 March 2027
Duration 36 months
Total Grant Value £435,640
Industrial Sectors Communications
Region South East
Programme NC : ICT
Investigators Principal Investigator Professor N Zilberman , Engineering Science, University of Oxford (100.000%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , British Telecommunications Plc (BT) (0.000%)
Project Contact , Intel Corporation, USA (0.000%)
Project Contact , Xyratex Technology Limited (0.000%)
Project Contact , Open Networking Foundation (0.000%)
Project Contact , Ori Industries 1 Ltd (0.000%)
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Abstract Addressing climate change is of existential importance. Although there are many contributing factors, energy production and consumption has one of the most direct impacts on the environment. A significant portion of this can be attributed to computer networks, with some reports estimating that they consume 1.5x the energy of all data centres. However, in contrast to other large scale compute infrastructure, accounting for the carbon emissions of the network is extremely hard. A traffic flow can cross multiple administrative domains in different regions of the world, be processed in devices powered by different energy sources, and share the energy consumption with tens of thousands of other traffic flows.The goal of this project is to quantify, and subsequently reduce, the carbon emissions of computer networks. Concretely, it proposes a comprehensive research agenda that will: (1) identify metrics that cover the end-to-end environmental cost of data transmission; (2) leverage programmable network elements to collect and report the metrics by developing novel carbon-intelligent network telemetry solutions; and (3) design novel, carbon-aware network routing algorithms that utilize the measurements. Overall, the project will enable accurate accounting of computer networks' carbon emissions and develop novel routing algorithms to minimize the carbon emissions of the Internet, combating climate change.If successful, the project will help us meet the targets established by the UK government, which has committed to achieving 'net-zero' by 2050. Specifically, it will help communication providers to minimize their carbon emissions; enable policy makers to reliably check that companies meet government's net-zero goals; and allow consumers to choose communications and ICT providers based on their sustainability claims.
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