Development and testing of a networked PC power management tool

Brooks, Simon (2010) Development and testing of a networked PC power management tool. [USQ Project]


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[Abstract]: One of the major themes of this project is Personal Computer (PC) power usage, which is a significant issue as many PCs run 24 hours per day and therefore
potentially waste large amounts of power. This power wastage is unfortunate given that most operating systems support hibernation.

As issues such as fossil fuels, carbon footprint, global warming etc., are highly topical and politicized, energy efficiency in electrical devices is a significant issue. Additionally, through capability developments such as ‘green’ computing, virtualization, and even edge computing, the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry is one of the few industries that seem to be taking ecological issues seriously.

The main objectives of the project are:
• The research and evaluation of a number statistics that relate to PC energy consumption.
• Investigation of power spikes and network traffic floods which may be caused by simultaneous PC start-up.
• Development of a software tool to control the start-up and shutdown of a PC either via scheduling or manual control.
• Development of a software tool that remotely controls the start-up and shutdown of either singular or grouped PCs.

In addition to the aim of reducing wasted power, this project aims to improve network traffic efficiency by minimizing network traffic congestion through controlling the sequence of PC start-up in a networked environment. This controlled start-up has a secondary benefit in potentially reducing the severity of power spikes due to a simultaneous PC start-up.

It is hoped that further development and testing of the ‘PowerMan’ application will provide greater program functionality. Additionally, it is envisaged that this tool
could be used in conjunction with more energy efficient PCs and peripherals and therefore provide an overall package that is power efficient whatever its state of operation, with little control or interaction from the user.

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Item Type: USQ Project
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering
Supervisors: Kist, Alexander
Date Deposited: 22 Feb 2011 02:14
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2013 00:30
Uncontrolled Keywords: personal computer (PC); computers; computer technology; electricity efficiency; electricity consumption; computer network traffic control
Fields of Research : 08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0803 Computer Software > 080307 Operating Systems
09 Engineering > 0906 Electrical and Electronic Engineering > 090699 Electrical and Electronic Engineering not elsewhere classified

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