CSCI Newsletter for June 2011

Friday, July 1, 2011 |

Beware the vampires

Another reminder that bears repeating is to eliminate "vampire" power consumers in your home and office.  Is your laptop fully charged?  Unplug the AC adaptor and you'll kill a vampire.  Your tablet is all full up on the battery meter?  Drive a stake through another vampire and unplug the charger.  Look for opportunites to eliminate these small-but-numerous users of power that serve no purpose.
July will see CSCI represented at the IEEE International Green Computing Conference in Orlando, Florida (see below for more info), where we'll have a roundtable-style engagement with software developers around the topic of software interactions and interference with power management.  We're putting increasing focus on whacking all the reasons that folks have for not using power management and the real and perceived problems with these interactions are a big one of those reasons.  Look at the Call to Action below for a reminder of how you can help...and help spread the word!
As always, if you've suggestions or would like to provide material for a future Newsletter, please contact me!
George O. Goodman
Executive Director, CSCI
Upcoming Events
New CSCI Website and Product Catalog design
      launching in July at
IEEE International Green Computing Conference 2011(IGCC'11)
    July 25-28
    The Holiday Inn at Disneyworld
    Note: The CSCI Roundtable is on July 26

Workgroup Updates
AC-DC Workgroup: Work continues with the 80+ folks, looking at more aggressive efficiency targets to push beyond Energy Star.

Marketing Workgroup: We're preparing for two Roundtable venues on the topic of interactions between software apps & power management and pushing out CSCI's power management messages through traditional and social media, in support of the upcoming roundtables.

Networking WorkgroupThe three subteams are moving toward complete drafts on their outputs, with the power-supply unit (PSU) team closest to buttoning things up, the Energy-Efficiency Guide group is working through their full document to make it consistent and clear, and the Networking Power Management folks are likewise working to refine their paper to be clear to the intended audience.  All three efforts are shooting for getting material to a reviewable state in July.

Power Management Workgroup: As June ends, the PM Workgroup is in the final days of content creation and polishing for the upcoming roundtable sessions with software developers.
Samsung joins CSCI's Board of Directors
In June we issued a press release announcing that Samsung has become a member of the CSCI Board of Directors.  Samsung joins representatives from Cisco, Emerson Network Power, F5 Networks, Google, Intel, Juniper Networks, Microsoft, and the World Wildlife Fund on the CSCI Board.  Check out the press release at this link.

Jim Elliott, Vice President of Memory Marketing and Product Planning at Samsung Semiconductor, Inc. will serve as the Samsung CSCI Board representative.  You can learn more about Jim on our website.

In CSCI, Samsung expects to work with other member companies to drive the increase of power efficiency for servers, notebooks, desktop computers, and a range of other equipment.  We offer a big welcome to Jim and the Samsung team!

Software Applications and Power Management: your examples are great!
Last month, we talked about the sometimes contentious relationship between the software applications that make your computer useful and the power management features that can make it friendlier to your energy wallet and the environment.  We asked you to send in your examples (a request reinforced below in this month's Call to Action!") and you did it.

The "offenders" span a range of software categories and types, including:
  • Commercial software and open source community-supported software
  • Applications and device drivers
  • Applications running on Microsoft Windows, Apple OS X, and Linux distributions
CSCI won't be keeping these examples to ourselves.  They'll be part of what we discuss as we engage software developers and software development organizations in the coming months.

Thanks for what you've sent in!

Keep it coming: examples of sofware interference with power management
We're repeating this Call, because the specific examples you're providing add realism to the conversations we have with software developers. Are there software applications you just know are interfering with power management on your computer(s)?  Do you have friends who have complained about this kind of problem? Tell us about these issues by sending a description that includes:
  1. Name of 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
If you don't know what's interfering, give us #4 and #5 with as much as you'd feel comfortable telling about the applications you generally use.
Pass this request along to your friends, or just point them to this link to our blog entry on the topic.
Send your info to (change the "_at_" to "@") and CSCI's Power Management Workgroup will include your information in our discussions internally and with sofware developers.  Help us to help applications and power mangement to get along!

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