Green computing has been around for a while now, but there are still many ways in which one can improve their green efforts. With all the talk flying around, one can assume that most everyone knows how a green strategy can be applied to the tech and equipment required for computing. I even highlighted some ways to be more green friendly a couple years ago. At the same time, there are other avenues that are equally important, but not emphasized nearly as much. One of these is green software.
Software plays an important role in computing, from its development to its use. Finding ways to increase its green-ness will not only lessen the carbon footprint of software, but also lead to effective performance. To be honest, it’s not exactly easy to think of software as making a big impact on the environment, but one has to take into account CPU and its consumption of power and energy.
In a nutshell green means simple and fast with lower resource usage. Let’s look at some ways that software can be more green-friendly.
Like most IT practices, green software is hardly a new concept, but it has certainly garnered a great deal of discussion. There are those who have questioned the plausibility of green software as a whole, but there have been some advances in its exploration. Does that mean all the work is done? Hardly. Green software techniques are still being realized, discussed and explored in every stage of the development process.