SIG Opens Software Energy Footprint Lab


SIG Opens Software Energy Footprint Lab

Dr. Joost Visser, Head of Research, SIG

February 23, 2012 – The Software Improvement Group (SIG), the company which empirically monitors and suggests improvements to software both in development and in place, has opened the Software Energy Footprint Lab (#SEFLab) in association with one of the Netherlands’ leading educational bodies, Hogeschool van Amsterdam (HvA – the University of Applied Sciences).

The lab will combine SIG’s current in-depth expertise in software monitoring and evaluation with HvA students’ knowledge of electronics. Whilst much research has been done into the energy consumption of datacenters that house the hardware , it is believed to be the first time that rigorous research has been undertaken into the effects of the way software is written on energy use. Initial results are expected to be released within the first 100 days.

The lab aims to develop current understanding by looking in depth at comparisons between:

  • Different database management systems;
  • Different programing languages and compilers;
  • Types of Computing request (asynchronous requests versus synchronous requests);
  • The way that computations are run (unsigned integer arithmetic operations and signed arithmetic operations).

It will also examine the accuracy of currently available software energy profiling tools.

Marjo Wildvank, CEO, said: “We see this initial programme as the first of an ongoing collaboration. We want the project to be very open, and are encouraging both researchers and practitioners to help define more research questions, better experiments and discussions around the topic. We look forward to sharing findings as they emerge.”
The project is being scientifically supervised by Dr. Joost Visser, Head of Research, SIG, and Robert van den Hoed, Professor of Energy & Innovation, HvA. This is the first stage of the project: recruitment of students to work in the SEFLab on further research stages has already begun.

SIG has also assigned one of its researchers, Miguel Ferreira, to the daily supervision of the two research students. The HvA hosts the space for the project, and will make available expertise in the form of both specialist measurement equipment and existing research knowledge from the e-tech department.

The laboratory boasts computers specially rigged with sensors to measure the flow of electric current into each of the computer’s components which will report on where the current is flowing to, and how much of it is flowing to each component.

The hardware needed for the experiments in the SEFLab has been donated by SIG and Schuberg Philis, an innovative private company that outsources the management of mission critical applications with the promise of 100% ‘uptime’. The donation consists of four professional high-end rackmounted servers, two workstations and two storage racks.


Photography of the centre’s opening event, February 16, can be obtained by contacting Claire Thompson (information below) and on SIG’s Flickr account.

About SIG (Software Improvement Group)

SIG ( advises clients on Software Quality, Software Risk and Software Economics. It provides management with a fact-based insight into their current IT situation, along with pragmatic and actionable recommendations on how to improve that situation. SIG knows how to govern software projects effectively, when and how to invest in quality improvement, how to rationalize and how to control cost. The company performs both in-depth technical analysis and management level financial analysis and consolidates the two. SIG’s research department advances the state of the art in software research.

SIG’s clients are located throughout Europe, and use the company’s services to manage their systems, whether old or new, developed in house or off-shored. SIG boasts an in-house ISO 17025 certified laboratory to perform software analyses, and in association with TÜV (Germany) certifies the quality of software systems. SIG is changing the enterprise software industry by ensuring that quality and risk assessment are part of the procurement process.

UK press contact

For further information, or to arrange interviews, contact:

Claire Thompson, Waves PR

m: +44 (0) 7771 817015

t: +44 (0) 118 946 1320

e: claire at

Tw: @claireatwaves


No Comments

No comments yet.

RSS feed for comments on this post. TrackBack URI

Leave a comment

Site Map Freelance PR consultancy in the UK by © WavesPR 2010