Alex Carrega

Ph.D. IT & Network Engineer

Curriculum vitae

+39 348-74.85.497

TNT Lab @ UniGe


via Opera Pia 13, 16154 Genoa, Italy



low Energy Consumption NETworks
ECONET (low Energy COnsumption NETworks) project is a 3-year IP project (running from October 2010 to September 2013) co-funded by the European Commission under the FP7, addressing the Strategic Objective ICT 2009.1.1 “The Network of the Future”.
The ECONET project aims at studying and exploiting dynamic adaptive technologies (based on standby and performance scaling capabilities) for wired network devices that allow saving energy when a device (or part of it) is not used.
The project will be devoted at re-thinking and re-designing wired network equipment and infrastructures towards more energy-sustainable and eco-friendly technologies and perspectives.
Enabling the reduction of energy requirements of wired network equipment by 50%.
As the Future Internet is taking shape, it is therefore recognised that, among other basic concepts and key aspects, energy efficiency should pervade the network infrastructure as a whole to such extent as to become part of the network design criteria and to carry across multiple networking domains for the achievement of a general target.
There are two main motivations that drive the quest for “green” networking: environmental one, related to the reduction of wastes and impact on CO2 emissions, and the economic one, stemming from the need of operators to reduce the cost of keeping the network up and running at the desired service level, while counterbalancing the ever-increasing cost of energy.
The overall idea is to introduce novel green network-specific paradigms and concepts enabling the reduction of energy requirements of wired network equipment by 50% in the short to mid-term (and by 80% in the long run).
To this end, the main challenge will be to design, develop and test novel technologies, integrated control criteria and mechanisms for network equipment enabling energy saving by adapting network capacities and resources to current traffic loads and user requirements, while ensuring end-to-end QoS.
Therefore, this project aims at exploring a coordinated set of approaches and concepts to deliver novel solutions and technologies for reducing the carbon footprint of next generation infrastructures for telecommunication networks.
Thanks to the presence of major manufacturing companies, telecoms and ISPs, ECONET will propose its innovative technologies to standardization bodies for extending in the green direction the next generation network and Future Internet architectures and protocols.
Main responsibilities
  • Management of D2.1End-user requirements, technology specifications and benchmarking methodologies”.
  • Management of D2.2Test plan evaluation criteria and representative test cases”.
  • Management of T2.2Definition of technology specifications in the advanced manufacturing of energy efficient devices”.
  • Management of WP4Green Abstraction Layer”.
  • Management of D3.1First design of green technologies for network device data plane”.
  • Management of D3.3Final design of green technologies for network device data plane”.
  • Management of D4.4Abstract layer prototypic implementation”.
  • Management of D5.1Local optimization procedure”.
  • Management of D5.2Software implementation of the optimization procedures”.
  • Management of D6.2 “Final integration of device prototypes with energy aware capabilities and local optimization”.
  • LEADER of T3.1 “Power Scaling”.
  • LEADER of T5.1 “Local optimization of energy efficiency”.
  • Management of T6.2 “Single device integration & demonstration”.

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