NVIDIA's ESA Standard For Linux?
Written by Michael Larabel in NVIDIA on 6 November 2007 at 11:58 PM EST. 1 Comment
Yesterday NVIDIA had introduced their Enthusiast System Architecture, or ESA for short, which is designed to be an "open" technology geared for computer enthusiasts to monitor and control in real-time various PC components. NVIDIA hopes that ESA will become an industry standard for real-time monitoring and controlling of such devices as PC power supplies, motherboards, and even water cooling systems (along with many more PC peripherals). A number of companies, such as Dell and ASUS, have already pledged to adopt this standard. Among the many variables that you'll be able to keep track of through the "Enthusiast System Architecture" are internal air-flow dynamics, voltage/current fluctuations for power supplies, and adjusting the pump speed for a water cooling system. This royalty-free standard is built closely around the USB HID class specification, but will NVIDIA be supporting the Enthusiast System Architecture on Linux?

Back in May reported at MichaelLarabel.com was word that NVIDIA's nTune would be coming to Linux. This was based upon information that NVIDIA was interviewing developer(s) to port monitoring utilities to Linux and on Windows is their nTune program. So far we haven't seen nTune surface for Linux, so could they really be after an ESA application for Linux? It's certainly a real possibility.

It would be ideal if NVIDIA were to push out an open-source program or libraries that support their Enthusiast System Architecture on Linux, but so far they haven't yet commented. After all, this is supposed to be an open standard from NVIDIA. We have attempted to get an official response, but so far they haven't yet responded. Having official ESA support on Linux would certainly be a win for alternative OS users, but if things go south there could be reverse engineering and support by LM_Sensors or another project.

Once we receive any new information on this possibility we will pass it along. More details on NVIDIA's Enthusiast System Architecture (ESA) is available in their official press release.

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