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SubjectRe: [Lhms-devel] [PATCH 0/7] Fragmentation Avoidance V19


On Thu, 3 Nov 2005, Andy Nelson wrote:
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> I have done high performance computing in astrophysics for nearly two
> decades now. It gives me a perspective that kernel developers usually
> don't have, but sometimes need. For my part, I promise that I specifically
> do *not* have the perspective of a kernel developer. I don't even speak C.

Hey, cool. You're a physicist, and you'd like to get closer to 100%
efficiency out of your computer.

And that's really nice, because maybe we can strike a deal.

Because I also have a problem with my computer, and a physicist might just
help _me_ get closer to 100% efficiency out of _my_ computer.

Let me explain.

I've got a laptop that takes about 45W, maybe 60W under load.

And it has a battery that weighs about 350 grams.

Now, I know that if I were to get 100% energy efficiency out of that
battery, a trivial physics calculations tells me that e=mc^2, and that my
battery _should_ have a hell of a lot of energy in it. In fact, according
to my simplistic calculations, it turns out that my laptop _should_ have a
battery life that is only a few times the lifetime of the universe.

It turns out that isn't really the case in practice, but I'm hoping you
can help me out. I obviously don't need it to be really 100% efficient,
but on the other hand, I'd also like the battery to be slightly lighter,
so if you could just make sure that it's at least _slightly_ closer to the
theoretical values I should be getting out of it, maybe I wouldn't need to
find one of those nasty electrical outlets every few hours.

Do we have a deal? After all, you only need to improve my battery
efficiency by a really _tiny_ amount, and I'll never need to recharge it
again. And I'll improve your problem.

Or are you maybe willing to make a few compromises in the name of being
realistic, and living with something less than the theoretical peak
performance of what you're doing?

I'm willing on compromising to using only the chemical energy of the
processes involved, and not even a hundred percent efficiency at that.
Maybe you'd be willing on compromising by using a few kernel boot-time
command line options for your not-very-common load.

Ok?

Linus
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