Feeds

New server 'space heater' benchmark in the works

How hot is your box?

Gartner critical capabilities for enterprise endpoint backup

Processor Forum The server benchmark wars will soon extend into new territory thanks to work being done to refine a standard energy consumption test.

The non-profit Standard Performance Evaluation Corp. (SPEC), that has given us many of the benchmarks we all know and love, has decided to jump on the power consumption bandwagon. The organization has started creating a committee to come up with some "standard methods and metrics" to evaluate the energy use of servers. Power consumption and performance per watt have become the, er, hottest topics in the server industry due to rising power costs, melting data centers and the popularity of new multicore processors that eat up less power per core than past products such as Xeon and Itanium.

SPEC notes that the likes of AMD, Dell, HP, Intel, IBM and Sun Microsystems will all deliver input to the new committee. Sun has already been flogging its own SWaP metric, although it's a bit of a wasted effort since rivals will never adopt Sun's formula as a standard.

It's hard to get excited about the introduction of yet another SPEC benchmark that will no doubt be tweaked and abused by vendors to suit their needs.

David Kanter at Real World Technologies, however, did help put some perspective on the matter saying, "In many respects, the current state of affairs for measuring power, energy or compute density is similar to the same sorry state that performance measurement was circa the 1980s, when Dhrystone MIPS were the metric of choice. Ironically, it was this dismal situation that prompted the creation of SPEC itself in 1988 and the subsequent release of SPEC CPU 89."

The creation of an energy consumption metric was inevitable, and SPEC might as well be the one to do it. The organization hopes to have something ready by the first quarter of 2007. There's more information here. ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
The Return of BSOD: Does ANYONE trust Microsoft patches?
Sysadmins, you're either fighting fires or seen as incompetents now
Microsoft: Azure isn't ready for biz-critical apps … yet
Microsoft will move its own IT to the cloud to avoid $200m server bill
Oracle reveals 32-core, 10 BEEELLION-transistor SPARC M7
New chip scales to 1024 cores, 8192 threads 64 TB RAM, at speeds over 3.6GHz
US regulators OK sale of IBM's x86 server biz to Lenovo
Now all that remains is for gov't offices to ban the boxes
Flash could be CHEAPER than SAS DISK? Come off it, NetApp
Stats analysis reckons we'll hit that point in just three years
Object storage bods Exablox: RAID is dead, baby. RAID is dead
Bring your own disks to its object appliances
Nimble's latest mutants GORGE themselves on unlucky forerunners
Crossing Sandy Bridges without stopping for breath
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 10 endpoint backup mistakes
Avoid the ten endpoint backup mistakes to ensure that your critical corporate data is protected and end user productivity is improved.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Rethinking backup and recovery in the modern data center
Combining intelligence, operational analytics, and automation to enable efficient, data-driven IT organizations using the HP ABR approach.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.