Design and Implementation of Ad-Hoc Collaborative Proxying Scheme for Reducing Network Energy Waste

Rafiullah Khan, Sarmad Ullah Khan

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Network devices are equipped with low power states but they are rarely activated due to their inability of maintaining network connectivity. Recently, Network Connectivity Proxy (NCP) concept has been proposed in literature as an effective mechanism to exploit full potential of low power features on network devices by impersonating their virtual presence. However, the NCP concept faces several open issues and challenges especially related to proxying of TCP connections and majority of daily used proprietary closed-source applications. This paper presents a new approach for reducing network energy waste through intelligent collaboration among daily used devices (e.g., desktop computers, laptops, tablets, smartphones etc). It guarantees to run applications on only and only one user device that is under active use at that specific moment. To reduce energy waste and allow idle devices to sleep, our approach also takes benefit from a light-weight home gateway proxy with very basic practically realizable functionalities. The proposed system not just reduces energy waste of fixed devices but also enables mobile devices to significantly improve their battery life. Our developed software prototypes allow devices to autonomously and seamlessly collaborate with each other without requiring any configuration or user input. Further, this paper also presents the basic performance evaluation of developed prototypes in real networking environments.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)118-128
Number of pages11
JournalDigital Communications and Networks
Issue number2
Early online date14 Nov 2016
Publication statusPublished - May 2017


  • Green networking
  • Energy efficiency
  • Smartphones
  • Home Gateway Proxy
  • power measurement
  • Universal Plug & Play


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