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Wes Felter

Austin, TX
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I like to hack on computing infrastructure like servers and operating systems. I'm also interested in architectures (whether technical, business, or social) that promote responsibility and autonomy for technology users. I have a weblog called Hack the Planet that covers these and other interesting topics. Back in the dotcom days I used to write and speak about peer-to-peer (P2P) technology.

When I'm not blogging or working I chat on IRC, play the occasional computer game (Metal Gear Solid series, Myst series, the heirs of Fallout), watch TV (Deadwood, 24, MI-5, Stand Alone Complex, Firefly), or read books (Dan Simmons, Ken MacLeod, Neal Stephenson, etc.).


Since 2001 I have been a researcher in the Power-Aware Systems group at the IBM Austin Research Lab. We are working on novel ways to reduce the power consumption of all types of computer systems, from PDAs to supercomputers. In the past, I've worked or interned at ARL (2000), UserLand (1997-98), BizRate (1997), and EPS (1996).


Wes Felter, Karthick Rajamani, Cosmin Rusu, Tom Keller, "A Performance-Conserving Approach for Reducing Peak Power Consumption in Server Systems" (aka Power Shifting). ICS 2005, June 2005.

Wes Felter, Tom Keller, "Power Measurement on the Apple Power Mac G5". IBM Research Report RC23276, 2004.

Soraya Ghiasi, Wes Felter, "CPU Packing for Multiprocessor Power Reduction". Third workshop on Power-Aware Computer Systems, December 1, 2003.

W.M. Felter, T.W. Keller, M. Kistler, C. Lefurgy, K. Rajamani, F. L. Rawson, E. Van Hensbergen, "Energy Management for Commercial Servers". IEEE Computer, December 2003.

W.M. Felter, T.W. Keller, M.D. Kistler, C. Lefurgy, K. Rajamani, R. Rajamony, F.L. Rawson, B.A. Smith, and E. van Hensbergen, "On the performance and use of dense servers", IBM Journal of R & D, Vol. 47, No. 5/6, 2003.


I received a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin in 2001. Before college, I went to St. Martin's Episcopal (class of 1996).

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Last modified 9 July 2005.