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A system to track, identify, and qualify hardware aging

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000234181D
Publication Date: 2014-Jan-16
Document File: 3 page(s) / 66K

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Abstract

A program is disclosed that is set up by a user which thereafter tracks the usage and performance of their computer system, to metrics that are specified by the user. This information also includes external sources of information, such as product information in the public domain, to compare hardware requirements for updates and upgrades against the current system. The program aggregates all of this information that it can obtain in addition to normal computer usage, and from this, calculates the potential loss in productivity as the hardware ages, against whatever metric the user has chosen.

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A system to track, identify, and qualify hardware aging

When a computer (or network of computers) ages to the point of not being powerful enough for the demands put on it, the computer or its components can be replaced, or less demanding software can be installed.

    However, it is currently very difficult to determine when that is necessary. A home user will generally keep a computer until it ceases to perform daily functions. For a business, it is difficult to determine when it is cost-effective to upgrade.

    When originally undergoing system architecture, the company can attempt to predict when the computer(s) will need replacing. However, the company may end up using the systems differently, or the industry standards change, and these predictions become inaccurate. They may operate under risk of failure, or wish to mitigate it. This requires time and manual research.

The solutions for now are:

• Pay more for very accurate scenario analytics prior to purchasing computer(s).

• Research specifications, risk scenarios and manually map requirements. This is immensely complex and requires expensive resources.


• Continue working, accepting business risks

• Upgrade the machines at cost when users report they are no longer fit for purpose.

Some existing ways to track aging computers are:

• Windows Experience Index, or similar - efficiency of a particular machine based on its components

• Can You RUN It (or similar software tool) - identifies how well, simplistically, a particular program will run on a particular machine (minimum, average, and maximum specification)

• Manually identify specifications, compare against current specifications. Repeat for every program/upgrade.

The current software program solutions are generic. A limitation of the

Windows Experience Index is that it suggests a user's PC is of a lower specification overall if a user is using a slow hard drive. However, if the user's priority for using that PC is not data transfer speed but graphical processing power, this aggregated system information is not as useful. Simplified indexes such as this also use their own weighted values to determine the measurement: what looks "fast" to one person may be "slow" to another, as each user will value different qualities in their machine.

    A commercial problem statement of this limitation is that the before/after of adjusting a system for productivity is difficult to quantify for the purposes of budget approvals.

    Disclosed is a program which is run on each PC, cataloguing the performance/utilisation of the...