|[February 26, 2013]
SPEC Releases Server Efficiency Rating Tool (SERT)
GAINESVILLE, Va. --(Business Wire)--
The Standard Performance Evaluation Corp. (SPEC) has released the Server
Efficiency Rating Tool (SERT), designed to help computer manufacturers
develop more energy-efficient products and enable datacenters to reduce
SERT testing is a mandatory part of the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency's (EPA) ENERGY STAR (News - Alert) for Servers v2.0 specification, expected to
be published next month.
Improving datacenter energy efficiency
According to an EPA report, datacenters accounted for nearly three
percent of total U.S. electricity consumption in 2011. The EPA and SPEC
see SERT as a major tool that will help datacenters become more
"We believe that this tool will provide excellent insight into server
energy performance and help computing professionals better understand
the energy consumption of products, which in turn will help reduce
operating costs and help datacenter managers more precisely plan their
future energy needs," says Robert J. Meyers, ENERGY STAR's datacenter
Simple-to-use, full-featured tool
Although SERT benefits from SPEC's extensive experience developing SPECpower_ssj2008,
it differs in key ways from a benchmark. It does not provide comparative
scores and is designed to test systems "s shipped," without the
extensive tuning that vendors typically perform to increase benchmark
"SERT is designed to be an economical and simple-to-use tool, requiring
minimal equipment and skills," says Klaus-Dieter Lange, SPECpower
committee chair. "We expect it to drive more efficient solutions from
server manufacturers and to provide guidance that will lead datacenter
managers to better energy-related decisions."
Built on SPEC's Chauffeur framework, major characteristics of SERT
Synthetic worklets that test discrete system components such as memory
and storage, providing detailed power consumption data at different
Automatic collection of system configuration data with a graphical
user interface to review and edit the information.
Automatic validation of results at both runtime and upon completion of
Multi-threading and multiple-system runs, providing scalability across
a wide range of servers.
Portability to various computing platforms.
Run-time behavior that can be changed for research purposes.
Results available in both machine- and human-readable forms, enabling
automatic submission to government-sponsored certification programs.
The SPECpower committee that developed SERT includes representatives
from AMD, Dell, Fujitsu, HP, IBM (News - Alert), Intel and Microsoft, with veteran SPEC
benchmark developers Greg Darnell, Alan Adamson and post-graduate
researcher Christian Koopmann as supporting contributors. The EPA
provides regular high-level policy and directional guidance to the
SPECpower committee, and other organizations around the world contribute
input and feedback.
SERT is available immediately from SPEC for $2,800. Discounts are
available for qualifying non-profit research and academic organizations.
SERT requires a SPEC-accepted power analyzer and temperature sensor.
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