The push for higher performance desktops and laptops has inevitably lead to higher power dissipation. Laptops have also shrunk in size leading to increasing problems with removing excess heat and thermal overrun on heavily loaded high end machines.
Intel's thermald prevents machines from overheating and has been recently introduced in the Ubuntu Trusty 14.04 LTS release. Thermald actively monitors thermal sensors and will attempt to keep the hardware cool by modifying a variety of cooling controls:
Thermald has been found to be especially useful when using the Intel P-state CPU frequency scaling driver since this can push the CPU harder than other CPU frequency scaling drivers.
Over the past several weeks I've been working with Intel to shake out some final bugs and get thermald included into Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, so kudos to