SPECpower_ssj2008 is available immediately from SPEC for $1,600; discounts are available for qualified non-profit and educational institutions. In the future, the institute will publish similar performance-to-power benchmarks using workloads other than Java.
SPEC member companies active in developing the new power-performance measurement standard include AMD, Dell, Fujitsu Siemens, HP, Intel, IBM, and Sun. Associate members participating in the effort include the University of California - Berkeley, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
Other institutions involved in server and datacenter efficiency are the Green Grid, the Uptime Institute, and the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The Green Grid (Power Usage Effectiveness, PUE) and the Uptime Institute compare the amount of power a datacenter consumes with how much power gets to the IT equipment. The EPA told SearchDataCenter.com it and the federal Department of Energy will also release data center efficiency metrics sometime in 2008.
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