Getting serious about how power management and software apps work together, CSCI call-for-input continues!

Monday, June 27, 2011 |

As many of our members know, last month we announced a call for input seeking information about how software applications may be interfering with power management on PCs and networked computers. A big thank you to the many CSCI members who have offered valuable feedback.  But we aren’t done yet. In fact, we’re just getting started on the next phase of addressing this important issue and your input matters more than ever.

Here’s how you can help. If you’ve experienced a software application causing a problem with how your power management performs, we want to know about it.  Perhaps Flash won't let your computer suspend. Or your anti-virus program seems to keep your computer awake. Or maybe you’ve noticed that since your last software update, hibernate no longer works. Your input on these types of issues will help us to move faster on addressing both real and perceived problems.

And you don’t have to be a CSCI member to participate. We’re looking for industry-wide input so that we can build a broad perspective, with information from both individuals and organizations. Please take just a few minutes to provide us with the following information.

1. The name of the application
2. Developer of application
3. Version/Release of application
4. Your Operating System and version (e.g., Windows7, OS x 10.5)
5. A description of what happens -- or doesn't -- when you try to use power management with the application

Your feedback will be added to the input to we’ve received to-date and will allow us to identify commonalties and trends. With information in hand, we’ll move forward by inviting software developers to a July 25 face-to-face meeting in Orlando at the IEEE International Green Computing Conference (info and registration at this link). This face-to-face will take place during a round-table event where software developers will come together with CSCI power management experts to discuss the information we’ve gathered, and to collaborate on potential solutions.

So keep the e-mails based on the above points coming to We’ll make sure your input is included during the round-table discussions. And if you’re a software developer interested in attending the July 25 round-table at the IEEE Green Computing Conference, shoot us an e-mail at the same address and we’ll get you details on the event.  

With your input, we can help ensure power management and software applications can always work together.

George O. Goodman
Executive Director, Climate Savers Computing Initiative


George Goodman said...
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rodtrent said...

1E's NightWatchman product solves misbehaving apps and power management.

George Goodman said...

Thanks for the comment, Rod. I think 1E's NightWatchman product line does provide support for identifying "misbehaving" apps and that's crucial. An important step -- one that can only be taken by software designers and developers -- is to create apps (and drivers, for that matter) in such a way to avoid the potential for interference with a platform's power management capabilities.

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oracle ebs said...

I had experienced a weird case in which the antivirus program auto-updated the definitions and then my laptop went into auto Hibernation. It was rather weird and it seems to fit your description. Leave me your contact info if you need more information.

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