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CSCI’s Newsletter for May 2011

The light is coming

Apologies to my friends down under, but I’m feeling very northern hemisphere-centric; I note we’re getting more and more light in our days as we march toward the Summer Solstice.  From an energy consumption point-of-view, that’s great since we don’t need as much artificial light.  While you’re turning off lights, be sure to check on your computer’s (and other devices) power setup, too.  Are you using power management to let your system “sleep” when you’re not using it?  Are you turning off your wonderful gadgets when they’re not in use?  Check it out while the light is good.
We’re heading into a relatively quiet month or two as regards conferences and such.  However, CSCI’s Workgroups are very busy (check out what’s up, below).  If your company or organization is a member at the Sponsor or Board level, all you need to is start attending Workgroup meetings to participate.  If you’re an Associate member, drop me a line and we’ll talk.
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
CSCI Board of Directors “2012-15 Vision” session
    Meeting face-to-face at O’Hare in Chicago
    on 13 June 2011.
New website design for CSCI
    We’re on-track to launch a new, beautiful, and
    easier-to-navigate CSCI website by the end of June.
Workgroup Updates
AC-DC Workgroup: The “power supply” team has been discussing the potential for higher-efficiency targets that go beyond what we’ve done up to now, talking with our friends in the 80+ program.  
Marketing Workgroup: We’re preparing for two Roundtable venues on the topic of interactions between software apps & power management, starting work along with the Power Management WG to lock-down the structure and content.  Also, we’re starting planning for the roll-out of the first-generation work products from the Networking WG.
Networking Workgroup: The three subteams are moving toward complete drafts on their outputs, with the power-supply unit (PSU) team reviewing their completed draft, the Energy-Efficiency Guide group agreed on disclosure formats for networking equipment specs, and the Networking Power Management folks nearly at a first, complete set of material from which to edit down and tighten up.  All three efforts are shooting for getting material to a reviewable state in the coming month.
Power Management Workgroup: The new effort for this team is content development and working out a proposed structure for the Roundtable sessions mentioned above in the Marketing WG.  We want to engage software developers & architects with enough background information about the perceived conflicts between applications/drivers and power management to inform conversation and make progress while not turning a Roundtable discussion into a presentation by CSCI.
Board of Directors: The Board’s June meeting will be in Chicago (hosted by Emerson Network Power) and will be a full-day session on the vision and strategies for CSCI through this decade.  Do you have ideas you’d like considered?  Let [email protected]org know.  As soon as the last membership details are buttoned-up, we’ll have a new Board member joining, too.
Software Applications and Power Management: Can’t we all just get along?
If you’re an IT organization you’ve likely at least heard it; If you’re a computer user, you might well have said it:
  • Flash won’t let my computer Suspend.
  • My anti-virus program seems to keep my computer awake.
  • Ever since that last software update, Hibernate doesn’t work.
…or other things along those lines.  Power management on all modern computers with all up-to-date operating systems is vastly better than it was five years ago and most people can use most systems’ Suspend and Hibernate features with ease and confidence.  However, there are these nagging claims of software interfering with power management.
Are these stories fiction?  Are there some real cases and some cases of people avoiding power management because it “didn’t work back then?”
CSCI has started reaching out to software developers to have serious conversations about interactions between software and power management.  Our goal is to debunk the fictional problems, shine light on the actual problems, and work across our industry to spread design and implementation practices that will put these anti-power-management forces into their own Hibernation. And so here’s where you can help.
Have you seen problems between software apps and your own power management?
You saw the list of examples above, but CSCI would love to hear your own examples.  Are there software applications you just know are interfering with power management on your computer(s)?  Tell us about them 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. Send your info to [email protected]org 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 management to get along!
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