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    , androidi wrote


    I'd be happy if the standard ATX supplies would have a way of communicating that "oops, main power disconnected, you have about 0-5 seconds to flush data to disk depending on how much juice there is in my capacitors).

    Technically it could be made such that it

    1) sends a message that mains power is out

    2) after certain standardized amount of milliseconds, 12v output is cut, this gives enough time to spinning HDD to decide to say "OK main power cut and no time to write more data to disk, I'm going to try to send this data in my cache back to the OS which can then send it to a 3 or 5 volt flash memory device for store until such time power is restored

    3) there could be motherboard input for a battery that is used to keep RAM powered after the PSU caps run out and there was not enough time to flush data to SSD. maybe a driver could be made to write the cpu and RAM to SSD with this battery power at minimal CPU clock speed while GPU's etc buses are powered off

    4) apps could request, with user approval, access to the "mains power cut" message, so if user wanted the data of a particularly important app saved with priority over other apps, that could be done.


    part of that is already in place...  when windows is shutting down it sends a general message to all running apps that it is going to halt and they need to shut down. each app is then supposed to do what they need to do.

    and the UPS power service in windows is there to listen to messages about power state and to start a shutdown when it gets the right message.

    so I guess if the psu had a few more parts and a data line to chat with windows ....