05 July 2010

Joulemeter: Estimate Your Computer Power Consumption

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Joulemeter is a Microsoft Research.NET based app available as a free download that you can use to estimate power consumption.

Joulemeter is a software based mechanism to measure the energy usage of virtual machines (VMs), servers, desktops, laptops, and even individual software running on a computer.

Joulemeter estimates the energy usage of a VM, computer, or software by measuring the hardware resources (CPU, disk, memory, screen etc) being used and converting the resource usage to actual power usage based on automatically learned realistic power models.


Joulemeter can be used for gaining visibility into energy use and for making several power management and provisioning decisions in data centers, client computing, and software design.



Once you have it installed and running. it will just sit in your System Tray and if you click on it, you will see the same app window as in the screenshot above. So you can use this little app not only to estimate the power consume at any given moment, but also to track the power consume of your PC, Laptop, Netbook, Server or even a Virtual Machine.

Pretty simple, the only thing you need is to have is .NET 3.5 SP1. Thing you should already have in Windows Vista SP2+ or Windows 7 RTM+. But if you are in Windows XP, you should still check if you have it installed. But you should already have it installed as at the time of this post we are already in .NET 4.0. The only notice that should be given about this software is that it is in alpha state, but i found it so stable and light that is why i decided to post about it.


Joulemeter Info

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