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By | March 11, 2024

FOSDEM 2024 Recap – Carbon Measurement and Energy Attribution in the Linux Kernel

In today’s digital landscape, where devices reign supreme, the quest for efficiency has never been more paramount. Recently, at the FOSDEM 2024 Energy Devroom, Aditya Manglik, a graduate student from ETH Zurich, shed light on a crucial yet often overlooked aspect of computing – carbon measurement and energy attribution for processes and hardware devices in the Linux kernel (video follows below). The following are some highlights from the session:

Understanding the Challenge
Manglik began by highlighting the intrinsic link between energy consumption and battery capacity, stressing the need to minimize energy usage for optimal device performance. However, he pointed out the inadequacies in current methodologies, particularly in accurately measuring energy consumption.

Key Insights
– Manglik delved into the complexities of energy consumption, emphasizing the impact of various hardware components like screens, memory, and network cards.
– He challenged the conventional wisdom of linear power draw, highlighting the erratic nature of power consumption over time.
– The session explored the limitations of existing tools and interfaces, especially in obtaining uniform measurements across different platforms.

Proposed Solution
At the heart of Manglik’s presentation lay a proposed framework to address these challenges. The framework aims to develop accurate methods for measuring energy consumption in the kernel, providing actionable insights for end users and programmers alike.

Future Implications

The implications of Manglik’s research extend far beyond the confines of the conference room. By empowering users with the tools to measure and optimize energy usage, this framework has the potential to revolutionize device efficiency and sustainability.