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Over the last few years, interest in "Green computing" has motivated research into energy-saving techniques for enterprise systems, from network proxies and virtual machine migration to the return of thin clients. This paper tries to answer a possibly contentious question: would the authors be better served by the embarrassingly simple approach of replacing every desktop with a laptop? To answer this question, the authors use power and utilization data collected from more than 100 devices over durations up to 15 months.
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