Special Issue "Green Networking and Computing 2022"

A special issue of Computers (ISSN 2073-431X). This special issue belongs to the section "Cloud Continuum and Enabled Applications".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 August 2023 | Viewed by 1759

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Faculty of electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and naval architecture (FESB), University of Split, R. Boskovica 32, 21000 Split, Croatia
Interests: energy-efficient networking and computing; telecommunications; wireline/wireless networks; sensor networks; Internet of Things; cloud computing; system optimization; renewable energies; cognitive radio
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Dear Colleagues,

The topic of “green networking and computing” is attracting attention for economic, energetic, and environmental reasons. The rapidly increasing amount of power consumed by Information and Communication Technology (ICT), as well as the energy bills of service providers, are main economic reasons for improving ICT energy efficiency trough implementation of green networking and computing paradigm. According to a number of studies, ICT alone is responsible for between 2% and 10% of the world’s power consumption due to the ever-increasing diffusion of electronic devices. Communication networks, including the Internet and wireless networks, represent a non-negligible part of ICT energy consumption. In addition, the carbon footprint of ICT devices caused by their energy consumption and the activities related to their entire lifecycle contributes to global warming.

In recent years, energy-saving techniques using new-generation devices and network management approaches exploiting algorithms and protocols for adapting the network to varying traffic loads have been considered for communication networks. The Special Issue on “Green Networking and Computing” aims to serve as a platform for researchers and visionaries from academia, research labs, and industry from all over the world. Sharing ideas, views, results, and experiences in the field of green wired and wireless networking is the intention of this Special Issue. Anything from theoretical and experimental achievements to innovative design and management approaches, prototyping efforts, and case studies are within the scope of this Special Issue.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to the following:

  • Implementation of artificial intelligence (AI) for improving the energy efficiency of communication networks and systems; 
  • Power consumption models of networking infrastructure;
  • Power measurements and data from empirical studies of communication networks;
  • Techniques for reducing power consumption in data centers;
  • Hardware and architectural support for reducing power consumption;
  • Energy-efficient network management and internet of things (IoT);
  • Green network design and energy-efficient smart grids;
  • Applications of green networking technologies and principles;
  • Cross-layer optimization for reducing energy consumption;
  • Optimization of energy consumption in optical networks;
  • Energy-efficient protocols and transmission techniques;
  • Energy-efficient fog and edge computing;
  • Energy-efficient peer-to-peer networking and overlays;
  • Energy-efficient cloud computing and network function virtualization;
  • Green wireless access networks;
  • Green wired access networks;
  • Green future Internet and software-defined networking;
  • Energy cost models for network operators;
  • Energy-efficient sensor networks;
  • Renewable energy sources for wired and wireless access networks;
  • Antenna design and transmission technologies for reducing energy consumption;
  • Green communication technologies for smart cities;
  • Energy-efficient vehicles and industrial communications;
  • Energy-efficient critical communications;
  • Green mobile applications;
  • Green cognitive radio networks. 

This Special Issue is organised in cooperation with the 13th Symposium on “Green Networking and Computing” (SGNC 2022), which will be held during the 30th International Conference on Software, Telecommunications, and Computer Networks (SoftCOM 2022). More details : 


The authors of selected papers presented at the SGNC 2022 symposium are invited to submit the extended versions of their papers to this Special Issue of Computers journal. Submitted papers should be extended to have the length of regular research or review articles, and overall results should be extended by at least 70% (e.g., in the form of technical extensions, more in-depth evaluations, or additional use cases).

Dr. Josip Lorincz
Guest Editor

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Computers is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

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  • green wireline networking
  • energy-efficient data centres
  • green cloud computing
  • energy-efficient sensor networks
  • green IoT/IoE networks
  • energy-efficient industrial communications
  • sustainable networking and computing
  • artificial intelligence (AI) techniques for energy efficiency
  • energy-efficient resource management
  • energy-efficient algorithms and protocols

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Traditional vs. Modern Data Paths: A Comprehensive Survey
Computers 2022, 11(9), 132; https://doi.org/10.3390/computers11090132 - 31 Aug 2022
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Recently, many new network paths have been introduced while old paths are still in use. The trade-offs remain vague and should be further addressed. Since last decade, the Internet is playing a major role in people’s lives, and the demand on the Internet [...] Read more.
Recently, many new network paths have been introduced while old paths are still in use. The trade-offs remain vague and should be further addressed. Since last decade, the Internet is playing a major role in people’s lives, and the demand on the Internet in all fields has increased rapidly. In order to get a fast and secure connection to the Internet, the networks providing the service should get faster and more reliable. Many network data paths have been proposed in order to achieve the previous objectives since the 1970s. It started with the Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) and the User Datagram Protocol (UDP) and later followed by several more modern paths including Quick UDP Internet Connections (QUIC), remote direct memory access (RDMA), and the Data Plane Development Kit (DPDK). This raised the question on which data path should be adopted and based on which features. In this work, we try to answer this question using different perspectives such as the protocol techniques, latency and congestion control, head of line blocking, the achieved throughput, middleboxes consideration, loss recovery mechanisms, developer productivity, host resources utilization and targeted application. Full article
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