ELEC518/COMP518: Energy Efficiency in Modern Systems

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Energy efficiency has become critically important for modern computing systems, from battery-powered mobile devices to wall-powered high-performance servers. The course presents the fundamentals of energy characteristics of modern systems, and introduces basic energy-saving mechanisms and methodologies for system energy characterization. It also covers emerging technologies in energy-efficient design.

This year's ELEC518 consists of three parts. In the first part, the instructor will give lectures about the principles in power analysis and optimization for various components of modern systems, from processors to wireless interfaces.

In the second part, the students will take turns to present important papers in the area of system energy management.

In the last part, we will study an open, hard problem in system energy management: how to account the energy consumption by a process in a multitasking operating system? The study will include literature discussion and a course project.

Please check schedule for each week's reading assignment. You are supposed to read all papers and links during each week and be ready for classroom discussion the next week.

Instructors

Lin Zhong
Assistant Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering and Computer Science
LZHONG AT RICE DOT EDU
OFFICE: DH3046

Lectures and Class Meetings

Thursday 12:30PM-2:30PM (MLC 103)

Grading

Homework:                10%
Participation:               20%
Presentations:              30%
Projects:                     40%