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Tentative Topics


  • All that electronics stuff you learned and have forgotten: electricity, volts, amps, watts, resistance, capacitance, etc.
  •  ? Power supplies - switching, efficiency thereof, linear
  •  ? Why are things inefficient? Whole box picture

A Single Machine

Workload / Cluster

A Datacenter

The World and the Bigger Picture

The Network

Sensor and Wireless

Tentative Assignments

  •  ? A system power draw measurement assignment
  •  ? Workload measurement
  •  ? PowerTOP, optimization, CPU sleep state management?


  • Hardware: Modify Kill-a-Watt to add network or zigbee wireless broadcast of power use
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