Reducing the Energy Usage of Office Applications

Jason Flinn
Eyal de Lara
M. Satyanarayanan
Dan S. Wallach
Willy Zwaenepoel

In this paper, we demonstrate how component-based middleware can reduce the energy usage of closed-source applications. We first describe how the Puppeteer system exploits well-defined interfaces exported by applications to modify their behavior. We then present a detailed study of the energy usage of Microsoft's PowerPoint application and show that adaptive policies can reduce energy expenditure by 49% in some instances. In addition, we use the results of the study to provide general advice to developers of applications and middleware that will enable them to create more energy-efficient software.

In Proceedings of the IFIP/ACM International Conference on Distributed Systems Platforms (Middleware 2001), Heidelberg, Germany, November, 2001.

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