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, Published on 15 December 2013
Today in the high powered world of the mobile devices every users want more computing power from their devices and so does the computing power of devices are increasing at an exponential rate. But to power this devices it need a huge amount of power, as a result the OEM have started to compromise between the computing power and battery life of these devices which are leaving the consumers very unhappy.
To address this situation Vigyan-Labs a company based in Chennai has come up with a unique mobile application which can increase the battery output without compromising on the computing power of the device.
Vigyan-Labs have helped customers solve challenging business problems with robust, cost effective and high performance IT systems. The organization has developed deep expertise in IT Infrastructure Energy Management through projects like Aadhaar/UIDAI which required high level of energy savings as it was operating in remote Indian villages where supply of electricity was very erratic. Their flagship product IPMPlus is built with this expertise and it is helping customers save up to 40% in their energy bills.
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IPMPlus & Power Management:
Intelligent Power Management (IPM) products is aimed at maximizing power savings for Personal Computers (PCs), Laptops, Mobiles or Servers. Its power management software helps reduce carbon foot prints and is an attribute of many electrical components like computers and computer peripherals that switches down the power to lower state or completely shuts down when not in use for a specified amount of time. Computer Power Management (CPM) is managing our computer efficiently, saving significant amount of power, and money, extending hardware life and battery. Power management enables users to reduce the charge – discharge cycle of the battery, increasing the life span of the battery.
Need for Power Management:
From Indian Context:
With nearly 900 million phones, India alone consumes between 1,800-3,600 Megawatt Hours every day to charge mobile phones. To generate energy of this magnitude, India would need to run one of its upcoming nuclear power stations for 2-4 hours a day. IPMPlus is helping customers improve battery life in their mobiles and consequently put less pressure on the grid to generate electricity.
From Global Context:
Desktops waste 30-50% of power every day (Source: Climate Savers)
No platform available globally to manage and administer Enterprise-wide Power Schemes
Power cost of running a x86 server for 3 years = Cost of the x86 server (Source: Gartner)
1 Watt saved in an end-user device = 2.84 Watts saved at source (Source: Emerson)
In an organization with 1,000+ PCs,
It is difficult to monitor IT power consumption as utility bills don’t provide separate details
Yearly power consumption = 354,640 Kilowatt Hour (approx.)
Cost of power consumed = INR 2 Million (approx.)
How IPMPlus works?
IPMPlus is based on a US Patented algorithm, Application Sensor that detects active applications and intelligently turns off various power hungry components in the system, without interrupting users’ work.
Application Sensing Technology-How it works?
IPMPlus provides built-in application sensor for most commonly used applications. To define the application sensor policy we need to identify the applications which are most often used and then determine if it is an interactive or background application.
Desktop interactive applications will require the monitor to be turned on when the application/user is active. For example PowerPoint user on a laptop – while doing a presentation the monitor should not be turned off even if the user is not active on the keyboard. The disk can be turned off (not to worry, whenever the system needs to read or write data it will automatically turn the disk on). If the user is away from the desktop and PowerPoint is not running – the monitor can be turned off. Here is the example for PowerPoint. Imagine the situation if you didn’t have application sensors, if you enable power savings on Windows with the default power policies, while users are doing a presentation the monitor turns off if users are away from the keyboard for a while and interrupts the presentation and irritates the audience.
Application sensors enable fine-grain power management. For each application the administrator can specify which components of a system can be selectively turned off or not and finally whether the entire system can be moved to standby/shutdown or not. Multiple applications can be selected and the fine-grain power control can be specified for each of the applications. The policy can be enabled or disabled for each of the applications. Application Sensors provide a mechanism to enable fine-grain power savings while allowing the respective applications to function and enable the user to work uninterrupted.
Benefits of using the Product:
Allows Enterprise-wide Power Scheme and Performance Management and Administration which is integrated across platforms.
Very easy to install and manage – very small application footprint
Senses “applications” and optimizes power according to needs of each application
Works on x86 platform. Microsoft Certified.
Supported on Windows and Linux (PC and Server editions). Also Android.
Scales up to 100,000+ nodes. Fully distributed architecture.
Real-time power consumption monitoring of IT infrastructure
Enable “Enterprise-wide” Power Management Schemes
Saves power without impacting User Experience or System Performance
No capital expenditure involved since IPMPlus is a software product
Power Savings and CO2 Emissions measured and quantified
Different Versions of IPMPlus
Standard Edition (SE): SE is recommended for standalone systems and home users. It comes with built-in functionality of power savings and an ability to maximize the savings as per individual usage patterns on a standalone PC (Desktop/Laptop/Netbook).
Enterprise Edition (EE): EE supports up to 10,000 systems in a network and is suitable for large enterprises. Its features are:
Unified Dashboard shows machine states, discovered IT assets, power consumption & savings.
Detailed power savings and consumption reports at group and node levels.
Integrated Performance Management Reports helps you optimize the IT infrastructure
UPS and PDU Energy Management
Unique Application Sensors helps you to save more without affecting the productivity
Comprehensive Metering: Measure and Track Energy Usage at Node Level, Rack Level, PDU Level, UPS Level
IT Asset Discovery & Event Reporting : Track your IT assets and their status
Role Based Administration & Management enables delegation of Power Policies and Management at Group levels
Apply predefined or customized power policies at a group level or at a node level
Global Scheduler - Enables scheduling of Power Polices, jobs at Group and Node Level based on the workload pattern
IPMPlus product has two components, IPMPlus Agent and IPMPlus Console. When it gets installed IPMPlus Agent, a Power Management component, then IPMPlus Console provides a user-friendly interface to monitor and manage all those Agents.
Future Road Map
UPS Efficiency: The IPMPlus product category is extended to support the power consumption management at the invertor, UPS level. It provides the users with a graphical user interface for the UPS management. By monitoring power consumption pattern in the UPS, consumers can now plan efficiently to invest on the extended UPS supply or to optimally utilise the existing resources. This product is under testing phase at some of the existing customer locations and they are carrying out beta testing before launching it to the market.
Diversifying into Apple Market: After their remarkable contributions in power management in desktop PCs & Android devices, Vigyan-Labs is now trying to diversify its business portfolio by entering into the Apple market. That is, the company is now planning to launch a power management application for Apple devices such as iPhones, iPads, iPod Touch etc. With each new model come some more features and updates and the users face lot of issues in decreasing battery life. The increasing popularity of location based apps and iCloud syncing are partly to blame for the increased battery consumption. Vigyan-Labs are currently aiming at launching a power management app compatible with all Apple devices & existing iOS versions. This application is supposed to have all the features that the existing Android versions have. In addition to these, the app will have some extra features, tailor-made specifically for Apple devices.
Thin Client Technology: Thin Client, is a computer or computer program, which depends heavily on some other computer (or its server) to fulfil its various computational roles. This is different from the traditional Fat Client, which takes on all these computational roles by itself. Thin clients occur as components of a broader computer infrastructure, where many clients share their computations with the same server. As such, thin client infrastructures can be viewed as providing some computing service via several user interfaces. This is desirable in contexts where individual fat clients have much more functionality or power than the infrastructure requires. The common type of thin client is a low-end computer terminal which only provides a graphical user interface to the end user. The remaining functionality, in particular the operating system, is provided by the server. Thin client technology is still in the initial stages and they do not have any installed pilots running at any client location as of now.