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Reducing Processor Power Consumption by Improving Processor Time Management in a Single-user Operating System

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Reducing Processor Power Consumption by Improving Processor Time Management in a Single-user Operating System
The CPU is one of the major power consumers in a portable computer, and considerable power can be saved by turning off the CPU when it is not doing useful work. In Apple's MacOS, however, idle time is often converted to busy waiting, and generally it is very hard to tell when no useful computation is occurring. In this paper, we suggest several heuristic techniques for identifying this condition, and for temporarily putting the CPU in a low-power state. These techniques include turning off the processor when all processes are blocked, turning off the processor when processes appear to be busy waiting, and extending real time process sleep periods. We use trace-driven simulation, using processor run interval traces, to evaluate the potential energy savings and performance impact. We find that these techniques save considerable amounts of processor energy (as much as 66%), while having very little performance impact (less than 2% increase in run time). Implementing the proposed str...
Jacob R. Lorch, Alan Jay Smith
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Type Conference
Year 1996
Where MOBICOM
Authors Jacob R. Lorch, Alan Jay Smith
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