Keep 3rd party software up-to-date

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In many software projects 3rd party software is used; software that is not developed or maintained within the development company. Certain 3rd party software applications or libraries get updated or patched over time to improve in functionality, quality, security or performance. These are all already very good reasons to update to a newer version, but sometimes energy efficiency can be one of them too, especially when it comes down to high performance libraries <maybe mention Intel here>. 3rd party software is often not updated to be more energy efficient, but nevertheless can be.

Cases

In a software project (by John Smits) the Intel Math library was updated for the first time in two years, and computation time was reduced from two hours to half an hour.

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