CONVINcE will address the challenge of reducing the power consumption in IP-based video networks with an end-to-end approach, from the Head End to the terminals, also considering the core and access networks. The partners’ efforts will concentrate on architectures, hardware and software design, protocols and basic technologies in the devices. In parallel to these activities focused on optimizing the power consumption in each part of the system, the project will run transversal activities on “Software best practices & Eco-design” and “Power & QoE measurements”. The project will also consider the use of new technologies recently suggested for energy savings in the form of Software Defined Networking (SDN) associated with Network Function Virtualization (NFV).
The CONVINcE project is built on three strong pillars (so-called workpackages) investigating power saving in the Head End, in the networks and in the terminals. In order to ensure an End-to-end approach for energy saving, another workpackage is fully dedicated to system architecture, power optimization & related business cases. Results coming from these four workpackages are providing input to a fifth workpackage in charge of building demonstrators and developing new tools for QoE and power measurements. Finally, results of the project are disseminated and exploited through standardization, publication and demonstration activities.
Three architectural solutions will be developed in the project: Non-cloud-based architecture, edge-cloud based architecture and SDN/NFV-based architecture. The goal is to compare energy consumption with these three approaches and then deduce recommendations. Based on this approach, the project will answer fundamental questions regarding the end-to-end energy saving while guaranteeing to the end-user the same QoE with different architectures.