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Software to tame the hunger for energy
If digitalisation continues at the current rate, energy-aware system software will be necessary to ensure efficient computer systems. The energy requirements of computer systems have come into focus not only since the hype about artificial intelligence and blockchain. The first digital computers, such as the Zuse Z3 by pioneer Konrad Zuse, already unintentionally took the strain off heating systems in research labs with their high energy requirements and the resulting waste heat. Unlike today, however, highly complex software structures had not yet been established at that time.
A single search on the Internet, watching a Netflix episode in 4K resolution or even a simple email notification – complex software systems continuously handle the tasks of digital societies, which is only possible by using electrical power. In order to map and perform tasks as energy-efficiently as possible, future systems must work in an energy-aware manner: this means assessing software activities and their projected consequences with regard to the energy requirements of the respective digital hardware infrastructure. Accordingly, energy-aware system software provides significant support and plays an increasingly central role in the progress of digitalisation.
Timo Hönig heads the Bochum Operating Systems and System Software (BOSS) Research Group, which is affiliated with the Center of Computer Science (CCS). At RUB, his research focuses on energy-aware programming and systems, the design of energy-efficient system software and high-performance computer systems with highly dynamic energy requirements. In 2017, he completed his doctorate at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg.
Following his research activities, he got invited to lectures at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of California, Berkeley, and was awarded a research fellowship from the German Academic Exchange Service at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Timo Hönig has ten years of industry experience as a Senior Software Engineer and Research Fellow at SUSE Linux GmbH in Nuremberg and in the Embedded Hardware Development Group at IBM Research in Böblingen.
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11 March 2021