Intel Xeon E7 processor workload power management

Posted in intel, reduce-power-consumption, xeon on April 12th, 2011 by FrankM – Comments Off

Intel introduces its E7 multi-core processor based on 32-nanometer process technology.  The new chip will monitor workload of the cores to minimize power consumption.  …

…   “To help address rising energy costs, the new Xeon chips include Intel Intelligent Power technology that dynamically reduces idle power consumption of the chip based on the workload while also delivering advanced processor power-management capabilities.”   …

via Intel: Xeon Processor Computing.

Intel Xeon E7 cpu product brief (PDF).

Xeon E7 Fact Sheet (PDF).

E7 Family Specs.

Server selection guide (PDF).

Facebook Open Compute Project Hacks Infrastructure for Energy Efficiency

Posted in data-center, data-center-design, data-center-efficiency-program, facebook, green-data-center, green-design, green-power, reduce-power-consumption on April 8th, 2011 by FrankM – Comments Off

Facebook’s Prineville data center has reduced its energy consumption by 38 percent and delivers the same work as the company’s existing facilities.

Facebook is sharing its achievements through the Open Compute Project to collaborate with the technology industry on sustainable practices in the green data center.  …

…   “As a first step, we are publishing specifications and mechanical designs for the hardware used in our data center, including motherboards, power supply, server chassis, server rack, and battery cabinets.

In addition, we’re sharing our data center electrical and mechanical construction specifications.

This technology enabled the Prineville data center to achieve an initial power usage effectiveness (PUE) ratio of 1.07, compared with an average of 1.5 for our existing facilities.”   …

Via Facebook: Efficient Data Centers.

Mobile device battery life extended with nanotechnology

Posted in battery, low-power, pc, reduce-power-consumption, research on March 14th, 2011 by FrankM – Comments Off

University of Illinois researchers are using nanotechnology to resize memory devices that results in much lower power requirements.  This technology benefits mobile devices by extending the life of batteries through low power consumption.  …

…   “Pop’s group lowered the power per bit to 100 times less than existing PCM memory by focusing on one simple, yet key factor: size.

Rather than the metal wires standard in industry, the group used carbon nanotubes, tiny tubes only a few nanometers in diameter – 10,000 times smaller than a human hair. “   …

via University of Illinois: Mobile device Battery Life.

Dell Compellent storage efficiency improves energy use

Posted in dell, reduce-power-consumption on March 14th, 2011 by FrankM – Comments Off

UK university deploys new storage technology to meets its growth requirements with efficient energy use and reduced footprint requirements.  …

…   “Fluid Data also is helping the university meet its environmental goals, reducing campus energy use and the university’s carbon footprint.

Each of the Dell Compellent SANs delivers twice the capacity, and performance is also doubled, yet the Fluid Data storage consumes the same amount of power as the legacy SANs, making them twice as energy-efficient.

The university also has reduced its hardware footprint by more than 60 percent.

Specifically, for each SAN, capacity has expanded from 23TB to 50TB, performance has doubled from 10,000 IOPS (input-outputs per second) to 20,000 IOPs, and the university’s storage footprint has decreased from 84 to 30 rack units.”   …

Via Dell: Sheffield Hallam University.

HP DataCenter Waikato, New Zealand implements variable cooling density

Posted in hp-hewlett-packard, reduce-power-consumption on March 10th, 2011 by FrankM – Comments Off

HP will invest in a next-generation datacenter located in the Waikato district of New Zealand to further its consolidation efforts.  The data center implementation will include energy efficiency technologies, automation, and redundancy.  …

…   “support for variable power and cooling densities to manage computing requirements of today and the future at industry-leading energy efficiency. This also results in reduced power consumption and carbon footprint. “   …

via HP: Next-generation Data Center in Waikato, New Zealand.

Metrics to drive energy efficiency in the data center

Posted in data-center-design, intel, reduce-power-consumption on March 2nd, 2011 by FrankM – Comments Off

The Data center industry is challenged to define performance-based metrics that will guide energy efficiency. Henry Wong, from Intel, discusses measurement of energy efficiency in the datacenter and offers insight into market trends, challenges, and solutions.  Intel insights on Energy Efficiency Metrics, video chat.

Intel looks to reduce its own internal consumption of energy and apply meaningful metrics to guide its actions.  Intel IT uses EDA MIPS, an electronic design automation meaningful indicator of performance, to support the management of server refresh (Intel on Server Power Measurement, PDF).  In addition, the company contributes to the enhancing the performance of the technology industry.  For eample, Intel is a collaborator in the development of best practices for data centers in India, in support of that country’s focus on design standards (Intel on Increasing Data Center Efficiency, PDF).

IBM BigFix Acquisition integrates energy efficiency for desktops

Posted in bigfix, ibm, reduce-power-consumption, software on July 1st, 2010 by FrankM – Comments Off

IBM will acquire BigFix software, which will increase IBM’s capabilities in security, compliance, and energy management.  …

…   “Energy and Resource Consumption: Organizations can use BigFix technology to manage power consumption by being able to automatically configure and shutdown desktops overnight, helping save thousands of dollars in energy use. Clients can monitor global print usage to help reduce costs and environmental harm. “   …

Via IBM: BigFix Acquisition.

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).

Intel 32nm processors reduce power consumption

Posted in intel, power-consumption, processor, reduce-power-consumption on May 25th, 2010 by FrankM – Comments Off

New Intel processors are smaller, higher performance, and less power hungry than their larger Core family products. …

… “Based on Intel’s 32 nanometer (nm) technology manufacturing, the processors are more than 32 percent smaller and deliver more than 32 percent better performance, all in a lightweight, sleek design. These new processors also reduce power consumption more than 15 percent, resulting in great battery life.” …

Via Intel: 2010 Intel Core Processor Family

Power optimized NAS

Posted in nas-network-attached-storage, reduce-power-consumption, servers, storage-systems, storage-technology, synology on May 24th, 2010 by FrankM – Comments Off

Synology launches new network attached storage devices that optimize power consumption for the small and medium sized businesses. …

… “The Synology DS110+ calls for just 21 watts of power under normal operation while the DS210+ consumes 30 watts. Features like Wake on LAN/WAN, scheduled power on/off and hard drive hibernation further help to reduce not only carbon footprint but also operation costs. ” …

Via Synology: DiskStation DS110+ and DS210+ NAS Servers (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

Intel LEED Gold Green Building

Posted in ashrae, building, certification, education, energy-consumption, green-data-center, green-design, green-power, intel, leed-certification, leed-gold, power-consumption, processor, reduce-power-consumption, sustainability, sustainable-design, xeon on April 22nd, 2010 by FrankM – Comments Off

Intel Corp achieves LEED Gold at its Haifa, Israel Design Center 9, IDC 9, which will open in June. The building deploys multiple strategies for sustainability in its design and construction, including a Xeon processor-based data center that significantly reduces power consumption. …

… “Securing a Gold-level rating – one of the highest level LEED certifications – IDC 9 is the first building in Israel to receive this level of recognition for sustainable construction.

The sustainable design of IDC 9 results in a net 17 percent reduction in total building energy use as compared with ordinary buildings built, according to the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) 90.1-2007 standard.

IDC 9 is the marquee of Intel sites striving to meet international green building standards. ” …

Via Intel: Green Building Receives LEED Gold Cert

Intel Haifa Design Center is built with a sustainable design