Techniques are presented herein that leverage the concept of Time-Variant Routing (TVR) to create time and context variable topologies (TCVTs) that offer a scalable and versatile solution for supporting a proportional response to changes in a network’s traffic levels, allowing a network operator to maximize sustainability gains in a network having variable, tidal, and periodic traffic. Aspects of the presented techniques encompass sub-topological planes (which can be made available to a topology as a function of time), network operational focus modes (which employ such planes to create objective-optimized topologies), and mappings between the two. The techniques allow an optimal set of topological elements to be identified based on different variables including, for example, a traffic demand and a renewable energy makeup (e.g., a carbon intensity). By hiding all of the complexity from a user, the techniques offer a simplified user experience through which such a user need only select different network operational focus modes to manage very complex outcomes.

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