First ACM SIGCOMM Workshop on Green Networking

New Delhi, India (August 30, 2010)

Understanding and reducing the energy consumption of computing and communication infrastructure in home, enterprise and data center environments is an area of increasing importance for both researchers and commercial entities. This is an interdisciplinary field by its very nature: advances in many areas such as computer architecture, operating systems and compilers are all needed to reduce the energy consumption. Many of the proposed ideas have a direct impact on how networks are designed and provisioned. The power consumption of network infrastructure has itself come under scrutiny. At the same time, we have begun to see networking technologies play a significant role in reducing energy consumption in other domains such as utility networks and transportation systems.

The First Green Networking workshop at SIGCOMM will focus on networking issues involved in designing green infrastructures in both computing and non-computing domains. We welcome papers that utilize networking technologies and principles to other domains besides traditional networking areas such as transit, energy that influence our daily life.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:


All submissions must be original work not under review at any other workshop, conference, or journal. The workshop will accept papers describing completed work as well as work-in-progress, so long as the promise of the approach is demonstrated. Radical ideas, potentially of a controversial nature, are strongly encouraged. Submissions must be no greater than 6 pages in length and must be a pdf file. Reviews will be single-blind: authors name and affiliation should be included in the submission. Submissions must follow the other formatting guidelines here.

Please follow this link to submit a paper.


TPC Co-Chairs Paul Barford University of Wisconsin-Madison
  Jitendra Padhye Microsoft Research
  Sambit Sahu IBM Research
Committee Members John Crowcroft Cambridge University
Ben Greenstein Intel Research, Seattle
Rajesh Gupta University of California, San Deigo
Gianluca Iannaccone Intel Research, Berkeley
Jim Kurose University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Bruce Maggs Duke University
Laurent Massoulie Thomson Labs
Parthasarathy Ranganathan HP Labs
Ram Ramjee Microsoft Research
Suresh Singh Portland State University
Joerg Widmer DOCOMO Labs
Prabal DuttaUniversity of Michigan

Important dates

Submissions dueMarch 26, 2010
NotificationMay 14, 2010
Camera ready dueMay 28, 2010
Workshop held onAugust 30, 2010

Camera-ready preparation instructions for Green Networking

The camera-ready version of the workshop papers must be no greater than 7 pages in length. Please follow this link for more details.

Technical Program

You can download all Green Networking papers as a single zip file.

9:15am-9:30am   Welcome remarks by PC chairs

9:30am-10:30am   Keynote Talk by Victor Bahl (Microsoft Research)

Title: A Software Perspective to Energy Management
Abstract: Managing energy use provides an opportunity to make a difference in the world and itís the right thing to do. It forces us to use natural resources efficiently while reducing our carbon footprint. Itís good for business also as rising energy costs force us to look inwards at how we consume energy. A recent study by McKinsey & Company found that Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) could save 7.8 Gigatons of carbon emissions annually or 15% of global emissions in 2020. This amount is greater than is currently released by all sources in the United States.

So how do we begin? In large enterprises, idle desktop machines rarely sleep because users want them to be always accessible. In mega datacenters the energy costs balloon as air conditioners stay on to keep temperature down, potentially having a crippling effect on the business model. I believe that software that empowers people and organizations by providing transparency, usage analysis, and energy smarts is key to addressing the daunting energy and climate challenges the world faces. In this talk, I will describe how emerging solutions like Microsoft Hohm, Joulemeter, Somniloquy, Sleep Proxy, DC Genome, Gargoyle, Virtualization, and Unified Communications can be used to reduce energy usage, lower greenhouse gas emissions, and cut costs. I will also describe some new challenges whose solutions are unknown. These efforts represent an important long-term initiative that presents a tremendous opportunity to help change not only the way we conduct our business but also to help us and others become better global citizens.

10:30am-11:00am   Coffee Break

11am-12:30pm Session 1: Green Data Centers (Chair: Bruce Maggs)

12:30pm-2:00pm   Lunch

2:00pm - 3:30pm   Session 2: Green Internet and Internet for Greening (Chair: Ram Ramjee)

3:30pm-4:00pm   Coffee Break

4:00pm-5:30pm   Session 3: Miscellaneous (Chair: Prabal Dutta)

5:30pm-6:30pm   Open Mic Session: What did I learn at this workshop?