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Energy optimization with HP ProLiant Gen8

CartoonCalvin100X100.JPG By Calvin Zito, @HPStorageGuy

A couple of weeks ago we introduced the HP ProLiant Gen8 servers.  Over the last few years, HP has made significant investments in a project called Project Voyager that resulted in over 900 patents and a new architecture called HP ProActive Insight.  Gary Thome, HP VP of Strategy in our Industry Standard Servers and Software organization (the organization that brings us HP ProLiant and BladeSystem) has a great blog post talking about this new Proactive Insight that I highly recommend. 


With that brief background, today I have a podcast focusing on Gen8.  The podcast is with Mike Kendall.  Mike manages the team focused on intelligent infrastructure and options for our ProLiant servers.  Mike and I discuss some of the innovations in Gen8 specific to automated energy optimization.  This podcast is a bit longer than most that I do (about 22 minutes) but I thought this was a very interesting discussion and I think you will to. 



You can download this podcast by doing a right-click and "Save as" here OR you can download all of my podcasts from iTunes by clicking here - it will open iTunes and allow you to download all of my recent podcasts.  If you have any issues with this second link, paste this into your browser: itpc://   "itpc" is a special format that opens iTunes and lets you download the podcasts from iTunes. 


Data center cooling map.JPGMike and I briefly discussed a graphical interface under development by HP labs that shows you a 3-D representation of your data center and temperatures.  The bloggers we had in with us thought this was pretty cool.   I took a picture of this when we were in Ft. Collins a few weeks ago and will include it so you get a sense of what I was talking about.  




Mike was a spokesperson at our ProLiant Gen8 announcement and here's a video of him talking on the Cube. 


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I mentioned during the podcast that I'd also include a video of the research data center in Ft. Collins - I've mentioned this before on the blog a couple of times but since it ties in so nicely with this discussion, I wanted to point you to it again.



I hope to have more podcasts in the coming weeks talking about the innovations in the HP ProLiant Gen8 servers.  In the mean time, here's an page that is chuck-full of information on Gen8. 

auser | ‎03-13-2012 06:35 PM

My first thought is to wonder if, unlike the G7 systems, this will actually work.  On of the DL580 G7's design flaws is that machine check errors are spewed on the console frequently.  HP's answer is to disable the C-states and configure increased cooling, so you'll understand my skepticism.


| ‎03-14-2012 05:25 AM

Actually, since I'm a "storage guy", I don't understand but I'll ask someone on the server team to take a look at your comment.  Thanks!

kendallmblog | ‎03-16-2012 04:33 PM

Hi there.


I'm going to take a guess at the question as I am not sure what 'this' you mean. I covered a lot of material.


So here goes ...


If it is the 10% reduction of overall power use between G6 and Gen8, this has nothing to do with the c-states of the server but is primarily from the lower power HP SmartMemory (so RDIMMs run at full speed but at 1.35V instead of 1.5V industry standard) and moving from 92% to 94% efficient power supplies. It is rather conservative and modest.


Hope that heps.





Froilan on ‎04-19-2012 09:17 AM - last edited on ‎04-23-2012 07:04 PM


Is this really true? that can reduce power energy consume? How come?


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