IBM Power7 energy efficiency performance

Posted in benchmarks, energy-efficiency, ibm, low-power, pc, power7 on August 18th, 2010 by FrankM – Comments Off

IBM shares results of its Power7 benchmarks which incorporate the energy efficiency perspective.  …

…   “IBM has achieved the industry’s highest ever TPC-C (transaction processing) benchmark using a Power Systems configuration with DB2, hitting 10,366,254 transactions per minute, which beat HP’s best result by more than 2.5 times and Oracle’s best by more than 35%.

The IBM result represents 2.7 times better performance per core than the Oracle result, 41% better price performance, and 35% better energy efficiency per transaction.

HP’s best result is over twice as expensive per transaction as the IBM result. “   …

Via IBM: Power7 Benchmarks.

Energy proportional data centers optimize power consumption

Posted in asset-utilization, data-center, data-center-network, dynamic-infrastructure, energy-proportional, google, low-power, power-utilization on July 7th, 2010 by FrankM – Comments Off

Google research looks to develop energy proportional data centers that throttle power based on network utilization.  The technique involves modifying the network topology and dynamically tuning network switches.  …

…   “the authors suggest several ways to build data center networks that use power in proportion to the volume of data being transmitted, rather than running at high-power during periods of both high and low utilization. ”   …

Via Information Week: Google data center research.

Seamicro Low-Power Server Technology Insights

Posted in datacenter-server, information-technology, low-power, seamicro, servers, ultra-low-power on July 6th, 2010 by FrankM – Comments Off

SeaMicro CEO Andrew Feldman provides insights into the company’s low-energy servers.

Acer Aspire Predator integrates energy efficiency for inactive cores

Posted in acer, aspire-predator, cpu-core, intel, low-power, near-zero-power-core, pc, power-utilization on June 29th, 2010 by FrankM – Comments Off

Acer launches Aspire Predator as gaming PC with all of the performance you would expect, however it also integrate efficiency enablers that optimize power utilization instead of wasting energy.  …

…   “Intel Turbo Boost Technology heightens performance by increasing processor frequency by 133 MHz on short and regular intervals if it’s operating below power, until the upper limit is met or the maximum possible upside for the number of active cores is reached. It also increases energy efficiency by allowing near-zero power consumption for inactive cores.”   …

Via Tweaktown: Acer Aspire Predator.

MLS applies AMD-based servers to increase data center energy efficiency

Posted in amd-advanced-micro-devices, data-center-efficiency-program, low-power, servers on June 19th, 2010 by FrankM – Comments Off

MLS power efficiency lowers cooling costs.

SeaMicro low power server technology built on Atom processors

Posted in atom-cpu, datacenter-server, low-power, microprocessors, reduce-power-consumption, seamicro, servers on June 14th, 2010 by FrankM – Comments Off

SeaMicro has commercialized a low-power Internet-optimized x86-server that reduces energy consumption and space by 75 percent. The company’s SM10000 servers are setting the bar for internet workloads. The server integrates 512 Intel Atom processors with Ethernet switching, server management and application load-balancing. The server consumes one-quarter of the power and takes one-quarter of the space to match the best-in-class internet server. …

…   “Beyond the fundamental mismatch between today’s servers and the dominant workload, SeaMicro made another critical observation that set the stage for massive reductions in server power.

The CPU, usually the focus of power reduction efforts, consumes only one third of the power in a server.

This means that large improvements in the CPU have only modest impact on the total power consumed by a server. In order to achieve large-scale power reductions, SeaMicro technology focused on the two-thirds power consumed by the non-CPU components.

To this end, SeaMicro transformed the volume server into a high density, low power, single-box cluster computer, optimized for Internet traffic.

SeaMicro further improved total cost of ownership and reduced the power consumed in a data center solution by integrating the functionality traditionally found in an entire data center rack – compute, storage, networking, server management and load balancing – into a single, low-power system.

Building on the dramatic reductions in power achieved at the system level, SeaMicro was then able to leverage low power CPUs, such as Intel’s Atom processor. “   …

Via SeaMicro: Low power server technology (Link).

Data Center Network Fabric

Posted in data-center-network, juniper-network, low-power, network-fabric, reduce-power-consumption on May 18th, 2010 by FrankM – Comments Off

Juniper Networks creates data center network architecture to flatten legacy data center networks from three to two layers preparing the enterprise for future network fabric. …

… “Juniper’s 3-2-1 architecture helps customers simplify data center networks while simultaneously improving the economics and experience of IT and end users. Customers can now eliminate an entire layer of switching from their networks, delivering lower latency and higher performance, smaller footprint and lower power consumption, simplified management and lower total cost of ownership. By applying Juniper’s Virtual Chassis fabric technology to the access layer, Juniper eliminates the need for aggregation — a primary source of complexity in the data center network — and can reduce the number of switch interactions by up to 99 percent compared to legacy three-layer networks. It also improves application performance by reducing latency up to 77 percent compared to legacy three-layer networks. ” …

Via Juniper Networks: Path to Single Data Center Fabric

Mode Nap Improve Processor Efficiency

Posted in energy-star-compliance, ibm, low-power, power-nap, power-saver-mode, power7, processor, reduce-power-consumption on April 3rd, 2010 by FrankM – Comments Off

Power7 processor implements Modes to lower frequency and Nap to stop power consumption, driving processor efficiency specs. …IBM Power7

… “Power Saver Mode or Dynamic Power Saver Mode: These modes can halve processor frequency to reduce energy use, or modulate voltage and frequency to optimize processor and system energy use; Processor Core Nap: A low power mode in which the hardware stops processor core execution by locking most of the circuits inside the core in the absence of workload. ” …

Via IBM: POWER7 Systems First in Class to Meet ENERGY STAR

Sun Microsystems Efficient Flash Storage

Posted in flash-memory, flash-storage, high-efficiency, low-power, storage-array, storage-systems, storage-technology, sun-microsystems on October 12th, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

Sun Microsystems introduces its new Storage F5100 Flash Array that optimizes the performance of database workload at low power requirements. …

… “The Sun F5100 Flash Array features up to two terabytes of solid-state Flash capacity and an unprecedented 1.6 million read and 1.2 million write IOPS performance in a single rack unit (1.75 inches) – yet consumes just 300 watts. This new high-performance, super-efficient storage array delivers 1.6 million IOPS of performance, which is comparable to 3,000 enterprise hard disk drives that span over 14 data center racks and consume more than ten times the energy (40,000 watts). ” …

Via Sun Microsystems: Flash Storage Arrays

Sun flash storage array

VIA Nano Low Power Envelope

Posted in architecture, cpu, low-power, nano, performance, power-conservation, processor, via-technologies on May 2nd, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

Via Nano CPU
CPU extends its computing and power-conserving strength to new scale. …

… “Through the above innovations in processor architecture, the VIA Nano processor is able to offer the significant performance improvements that come with the new superscalar architecture, within the same low power envelope of the VIA C7 processor. ” …

Via VIA Technologies: Nano Processor

Data Center Chaos

Posted in blade-server, ibm, low-power, power-consumption, rack-design, server-efficiency, server-virtualization, virtualization on April 1st, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

IBM Blade server
IBM blade servers consume less power and reduce chaos in the data center with automated support of a virtualized environment. …

… “With the new systems, IBM engineers addressed key challenges in today’s data center, where hefty costs for power usage and IT management pile-up, while processors sit idle or under-utilized. To help enable a more dynamic infrastructure, IBM’s four new x86 rack servers and blades feature unique designs — such as lower wattage requirements — that can slash energy costs up to 93 percent. At the same time, the new System x servers boast double the compute performance in some models, and support more memory, storage and I/O to help customers of all sizes ease the transition to highly efficient virtualized computing resources. System x blades and racks lead the industry with 96GB to 1TB memory options. ” …

Via IBM: New Servers, Software Cuts Data Center Chaos

Low Power Dual Core Atom

Posted in atom-cpu, cpu, intel, low-power, microprocessors, power-savings, server-efficiency on March 1st, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

Low power servers for hosting
Hosting provider differentiates with low-power server offering. …

… “The Intel Dual-Core Atom Server is faster than a Pentium-4, and much more efficient. Dual-Core, Hyperthreading processor, and it uses 75% less power than a Pentium-4. What makes this particularly exciting is that because of it’s extremely low power usage, we’re able to pass the savings to clients, and offer the server at only $99 per month. ” …

Via SingleHop: Intel Dual-Core Atom Server