SPEC Offers Server Efficiency Rating Tool Beta
The Standard Performance Evaluation Corp. (SPEC) has released a beta version of the Server Efficiency Rating Tool (SERT). The toolset addresses requirements of the Environmental Protection Agency's Enery Star for Servers v2.0 specification. As noted by SPEC in its beta release notes, SERT produces detailed information about the influence of CPU, memory and storage I/O configurations on the power consumption of servers.
"The SPECpower committee developing SERT includes representatives from AMD, Dell, Fujitsu, HP, IBM, Intel and Microsoft, with veteran SPEC benchmark developer Alan Adamson and post-graduate researcher Christian Koopmann as supporting contributors. The EPA provides high-level policy and directional guidance in biweekly meetings with the SPECpower committee, and other organizations around the world have provided input and feedback.
"Organizations were invited to participate in this first SERT beta based on their involvement with ENERGY STAR, their interest in power/performance measurement for servers, and a willingness to provide feedback in areas such as usability, ease of configuration, platform compatibility, and functionality."