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Special Issue "Green, Energy-Efficient and Sustainable Networks"

A special issue of Sensors (ISSN 1424-8220). This special issue belongs to the section "Internet of Things".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 January 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Josip Lorincz

FESB-Split, Department of Electronics and Computing, R. Boskovica 32, 21000 Split, Croatia
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Interests: telecommunications; wired/wireless access networks; energy-efficient networking; sensor networks; Internet of Things; cloud computing; system optimization; renewable energies
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Antonio Capone

Dipartimento di Elettronica, Informazione e Bioingegneria, Politecnico di Milano, Piazza Leonardo da Vinci 32, 20133, Milano, Italy
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Interests: wireless network; radio resource management; network planning and optimization; software defined networks; energy efficient networking; network slicing; network sharing
Guest Editor
Dr. Luca Chiaraviglio

Department of Electronic Engineering, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Via del Politecnico 1, 00133, Rome, Italy
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Interests: 5G networks; data center networks; Internet for rural and low-income areas; cellular network planning
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Jinsong Wu

Department of Electrical Engineering, Universidad de Chile, Av Tupper 2007, Santiago, 8370451, Chile
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Interests: green communications and computing; environmental sustainability; big data and data analytics; smart cities

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The topic of “energy-efficient networking and computing” is attracting growing attention for economic, energetic, and environmental reasons. According to a number of studies, Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) alone are responsible for up to 10% of world 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 the energy consumption of ICT. In addition, the carbon footprint of ICT devices due to energy consumption and the activities related to their entire lifecycle contributes to global warming. Hence, such rapid increase of power consumed by ICT, as well as the energy bills of service providers indicate necessity for improving energy-efficiency of ICT sector.

This Special Issue aims to serve as a platform for researchers and visionaries from academia, research labs, and industry from all over the world in presenting novelties related to energy-efficiency improvement of networking and computing systems. Sharing ideas, views, results, and experiences in the field of green wired and wireless networking is what this special issue on green, energy-efficient and sustainable Internet is intended to be about. Anything from theoretical and experimental achievements to innovative design and management approaches, prototyping efforts, and case studies is in the focus of this Special Issue, which aims to open new research ways toward more energy efficient networking and computing.

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

  • 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
  • Energy-efficient Internet of Things (IoT) and Internet of Everything (IoE)
  • Green network design and energy-efficient smart grids
  • Applications of green networking technologies and principles
  • Cross-layer optimizations for reducing energy consumption
  • Optimization of energy consumption in optical networks
  • Energy-efficient protocols and protocol extensions
  • Energy-efficient transmission technologies
  • Energy-efficient peer-to-peer networking and overlays
  • Energy-efficient cloud computing and network function virtualization
  • Green wireless access networks
  • Energy-efficient fog computing
  • Green satellite communications
  • Green wired access networks
  • Green future Internet and software-defined networking
  • Big data meet green challenges
  • Energy cost models for network operators
  • Energy-efficient sensor networks
  • Renewable energy sources for communication networks
  • Antenna design and transmission technologies for reducing energy consumption
  • Green communication technologies for smart cities
  • Energy-efficient vehicle communications
  • Energy-efficient automation and industrial communications
  • Energy-efficient critical communications
  • Energy-efficient solutions for 5G and beyond
  • Green mobile applications
  • Green cognitive networks
  • Low power wireless networks
  • Energy harvesting solutions and prototypes
  • Energy-efficient UAV-based networks
  • Field Trials of Sustainable Networking and Computing
  • Energy-efficient public health solutions based on 5G networks

Authors of selected accepted and presented papers at the 9th Symposium on Green Networking and Computing (SGNC 2018) and the 6th Edition of the International Renewable and Sustainable Energy Conference (IEEE IRSEC'18) are invited to submit extended versions of the papers for this Special Issue.

Dr. Josip Lorincz
Prof. Dr. Antonio Capone
Dr. Luca Chiaraviglio
Prof. Dr. Jinsong Wu
Guest Editors

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  • Green wireless networks
  • Green wired networking
  • Energy-efficient data centres
  • Green cloud computing
  • Energy-efficient sensor networks
  • Green IoT
  • Energy-efficient industrial communications
  • Sustainable Networking and Computing
  • Green Cellular Planning

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Open AccessArticle Impact of Node Speed on Energy-Constrained Opportunistic Internet-of-Things with Wireless Power Transfer
Sensors 2018, 18(7), 2398; https://doi.org/10.3390/s18072398
Received: 15 June 2018 / Revised: 6 July 2018 / Accepted: 16 July 2018 / Published: 23 July 2018
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Wireless power transfer (WPT) is a promising technology to realize the vision of Internet-of-Things (IoT) by powering energy-hungry IoT nodes by electromagnetic waves, overcoming the difficulty in battery recharging for massive numbers of nodes. Specifically, wireless charging stations (WCS) are deployed to transfer
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Wireless power transfer (WPT) is a promising technology to realize the vision of Internet-of-Things (IoT) by powering energy-hungry IoT nodes by electromagnetic waves, overcoming the difficulty in battery recharging for massive numbers of nodes. Specifically, wireless charging stations (WCS) are deployed to transfer energy wirelessly to IoT nodes in the charging coverage. However, the coverage is restricted due to the limited hardware capability and safety issue, making mobile nodes have different battery charging patterns depending on their moving speeds. For example, slow moving nodes outside the coverage resort to waiting for energy charging from WCSs for a long time while those inside the coverage consistently recharge their batteries. On the other hand, fast moving nodes are able to receive energy within a relatively short waiting time. This paper investigates the above impact of node speed on energy provision and the resultant throughput of energy-constrained opportunistic IoT networks when data exchange between nodes are constrained by their intermittent connections as well as the levels of remaining energy. To this end, we design a two-dimensional Markov chain of which the state dimensions represent remaining energy and distance to the nearest WCS normalized by node speed, respectively. Solving this enables providing the following three insights. First, faster node speed makes the inter-meeting time between a node and a WCS shorter, leading to more frequent energy supply and higher throughput. Second, the above effect of node speed becomes marginal as the battery capacity increases. Finally, as nodes are more densely deployed, the throughput becomes scaling with the density ratio between mobiles and WCSs but independent of node speed, meaning that the throughput improvement from node speed disappears in dense networks. The results provide useful guidelines for IoT network provisioning and planning to achieve the maximum throughput performance given mobile environments. Full article
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