The Energy and Emergy of the Internet

TitleThe Energy and Emergy of the Internet
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsRaghavan, B., & Ma J.
Other Numbers3196

Recent years have seen a flurry of energy-efficient networkingresearch. But does decreasing the energy used by theInternet actually save society much energy? To answer thisquestion, we estimate the Internet’s energy consumption. Weinclude embodied energy (emergy)—the energy required toconstruct the Internet—a quantity that has often been ignoredin previous work. We find that while in absolute termsthe Internet uses significant energy, this quantity is negligiblewhen compared with society’s colossal energy use.

Bibliographic Notes

Proceedings of the 10th ACM Workshop on Hot Topics in Networks (HotNets-X), Cambridge, Massachusetts

Abbreviated Authors

B. Raghavan and J. Ma

ICSI Research Group

Networking and Security

ICSI Publication Type

Article in conference proceedings