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Research Case studies

ThinC Efficiency Projects


The use of desktop PC-based (thick client) technology in supporting university IT applications is being challenged by the emergence of thin client systems, claiming to offer a more energy-efficient solution, by virtue of the distribution of workload and resource demands - especially energy.

The aim of the ThinC Efficiency project is to test, through actual measurements, the hypothesis that thin client technology offers energy saving when compared to the more traditional “thick client” desktop PC plus central file and print server facilities.

To undertake this project, the research team aims to monitor the energy use of comparable thin and thick client deployments, while they are being used to support an application set which is delivering a typical range of activities within a university environment. The research team comprises a mixture of academic, technical and estates management colleagues.


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