Application Power Consumption Is the Mobile IT Factor
New conditional dynamics in clunky and lazy apps
Jun. 20, 2013 10:00 AM
Back in the good old 1990s we were actually concerned with software application performance factors such as processing power clock speed along with system memory and storage. While memory is still an important determining factor, the questions of microprocessor megahertz and total system storage capacity have become largely regarded as "sufficiently catered for" in almost any given desktop computer system.
But as mobile form factors have joined their desktop-based cousins, new conditional dynamics have come to the fore. Suddenly processor speed is once again a consideration, as is memory, screen size, input mechanism (i.e., touch, stylus, speech etc.) and perhaps most of all power consumption.
New Conditional Dynamics in Clunky and Lazy Apps
These factors mean that the next generation of applications will have to be better served by more "battery-cognizant" technology at both the hardware and software level. Intel's 4th generation Intel Core Processor family (formerly known as Haswell) has been specifically aligned for better power consumption; the 22 nanometer Tri-Gate chips are said to offer as much as 50 percent additional battery life compared to the Ivy Bridge generation and there's double the graphics performance too.
Intel says this launch should be regarded as the most dramatic and sizeable roadmap development in the firm's history - and the firm is not alone in targeting power-related developments.
IBM is working with AT&T to attempt to provide enterprises with a means of conducting testing and analysis of their application's network and battery usage on mobile devices. These technologies are aligned to determine how their enterprise mobile app is performing on any wireless network, and then improve performance through development tools.
Enabling and Facilitating Power Efficiency
The integration of AT&T's Application Resource Optimizer (ARO) with IBM's software development solution for Collaborative Lifecycle Management (CLM) is intended to expand the development capabilities of the IBM MobileFirst strategy. AT&T's ARO is a free, carrier-agnostic, open source diagnostic tool that enables developers to analyse the performance of their apps, whether they be business or consumer apps.
Diagnosing "Previously Undetectable" Enefficiencies
HP also works in this sector with a selection of higher-level back office tools such as the HP Power Advisor offering. This Windows desktop software works as a tool to assist in the estimation of power consumption and proper selection of components including power supplies at a system, rack and multi-rack level.
As the back office now joins the front-end mobile office and the DevOps (developer operations) discipline increasingly extends its influence to make the total application lifecycle management proposition stronger and tighter throughout, then we will see nothing but an increased focus on power-related tools in the immediate future.
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