Our approach to research

Mission

The mission of iolo Labs is to investigate problems and solutions related to computers and computing devices; to produce and maintain scientific research results that educate users on how to keep their PCs running optimally; and to continuously grow our knowledgebase of PC applications, services, drivers, and other related tools.

Goals

iolo Labs researchers investigate existing and emerging issues affecting PC performance, with the goal of both educating the public on issues in PC care and optimization and sharing research with iolo technologies' engineering groups to improve the effectiveness of the company's commercial product line.

  • Public education goals: iolo Labs research enables people to learn about the nature of computer performance. Research focuses on trends and prevention methods related to slowdowns, bottlenecks, and speed deterioration over time and aims to create a body of knowledge that PC owners can use to best care for their PCs. The iolo Labs web site provides public access to research studies, articles on the latest discoveries, and informational, collaborative technologies—readers can stay updated, informed, and connected.
  • Product improvement goals: iolo Labs research forms the foundation of Tune-up Definitions, which infuses iolo technologies' commercial product, System Mechanic, with knowledge about the programs, services, software updates, configuration nonconformities, and other components that threaten optimal PC operation. By converting iolo Labs' scientific research on the behavior and impact of various system changes into Tune-up Definitions, iolo technologies' software is continuously educated with up-to-the-minute custom repairs and optimizations for users.

Methodology

The mission of iolo Labs is to investigate problems and solutions related to Windows PCs; to produce and maintain scientific research results that educate users on how to keep their PCs running optimally; and to continuously grow our knowledgebase of PC applications, services, drivers, and other related tools.

  • Observation of thousands of real PCs obtained from real users, both physical machines and PC snapshots.
  • Development and use of computer models that use aggregated field observations to reproduce various typical PC types at various states of use.
  • Testing categories and standardized nomenclature based on simulations of PCs in specific conditions; for example, a machine that has undergone typical home office use for six months.
  • Hardware classes that group and differentiate the most common uses for PCs and provide a snapshot of the configuration currently associated with each use.

Key personnel

Key staff include seasoned management, IT professionals, and researchers with decades of experience in research, engineering, algorithm design, and quality assurance. Strategic relationships with customers and suppliers further enhance iolo Labs' continuously growing knowledgebase.