A new holistic approach to energy-efficient and sustainable networking

This research project is dedicated to the memory of Prof. Fabio Neri, unexpectedly and too early passed away on April 16, 2011. Fabio was the founder of the TREND project, he assembled the partners, led the writing of the proposal, was the chief project defender with the EU officers, and was the leader and the core of the TREND project until his passing.
All the results and achievements of this project are in the name and in the memory of Fabio.


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TREND is a Network of Excellence on energy-efficient networking, coordinated by Politecnico di Torino, funded by the European Commission within the Seventh Framework Programme.

TREND addresses and looks for answers to important questions, such as:

Is the current growth of telecom infrastructures sustainable?
Is high bandwidth access to all in metropolitan areas sustainable?
Which technologies are more energy-friendly?
Is the Internet protocol suite wasting energy?
How to incentivate new energy-aware attitudes?

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TREND implements research activities aiming at: 
  • Collecting power consumption data
  • Assessing the energy-saving potential of technologies, protocols and architectures
  • Identifying architectural solutions
  • Defining network design criteria
  • Experimenting new approaches
TREND is a distributed center of excellence involving:
  • Operators
  • Manufacturers
  • Research centers
  • EU and non-EU collaborating institutions