Robert McMillan quoting Intel engineer Per Hammarlund:
“We see this as very important, and it’s an area where we have been putting in a lot of of effort, and we’re continuing to put a lot of effort into it,” says Hammarlund. When you consider how most people use mobile phones, sprinting makes a lot of sense. “You appreciate having really snappy responsive system behavior for very short bursts of time. And other than that, you really want the system to consume no power.”
The idea of “burst computing” is definitely interesting with regard to mobile — that is, you want everything to happen really fast for a few minutes while you’re using the device, but then you don’t care what it does when you put it back in your pocket.