JIP: "Just In time Power" The right power at the right place at the right time. That's the mission that scientists at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) have embarked on.
DARPA has solicited proposals for the second phase of the Power Aware Computing and Communication (PAC/C) program. The program's overall research goal is to define, develop, and accelerate the adoption of a new class of computing and communication systems composed of power aware elements that are able to dynamically respond to the changing energy resources encountered in power constrained systems.
The program will pioneer promising new areas such as power aware algorithm designs, power aware program compilation, and power aware operating systems. It will also attempt to exploit other emerging technologies such as voltage and frequency scaling, clock gating, and innovative circuit design.
If successful, the program could enable embedded computing systems to reduce power requirements from up to 100 to 1000 times. Worldwatch Institute Hails "Environmental Revolution" The Worldwatch Institute has released a 246-page report documenting major achievements in environmental protection and health - achievements the Washington-based think-tank describes as "an environmental revolution." The report cites the increasing use of renewable energy sources - including solar and wind energy - noting that in Germany, Japan and Spain the use of renewable energy has increased more than 30 percent annually over the last five years.
(Agence France Press, January 9, 2003)