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Demand for High Performance Computing (HPC) is growing in both the public and private sectors. It is also highly energy-intensive. The Federal government is required by the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA) to reduce energy intensity in all facilities, including laboratories and industrial buildings, by 30% by 2015. The increasing need for HPC and the attendant energy intensity threatens to derail the progress toward this and other goals. Through meeting mandated energy reductions, the Federal government is poised to lead by example in energy efficiency.
The HPC industry is responding to the demand for more powerful equipment, and consequently, creating increasingly energy intensive products. However, as profit-maximizing entities, businesses have a clear need for energy efficient computing due to the uncertainties in energy markets. The Energy Efficient HPC Working Group (EE HPC WG) will target both public and private HPC owners, operators and users to increase collective knowledge and stimulate demand for energy efficient HPC.
A survey of the membership was conducted in early 2013 to solicit feedback on the activities of the EE HPC WG. The response rate was 27% of the membership representing government, industry and academe. The results showed a high value for most existing activities as well as a strong interest in new activities. Nine out of 14 existing activities were valued above 8 on a scale of 1-10 (10 highest). The strongest interest in new activities was to create a team focused on software for energy efficiency. (See attached file below for complete survey results.)
Energy efficient design guidelines and specifications for super computer centers
The Working Group will serve as a forum for discussing and distributing information about design guidelines and specifications. While the group may not specifically create these guidelines and specifications, group members are encouraged to share pertinent documents, such as the ones developed by the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP).
Best practices, case studies, and lessons learned in design of super computer centers
The Working Group will promote collaboration between members to share case studies, best practices and lessons learned. Any member of the group with a case study or lessons learned is encouraged to share with the group and the rest of the HPC community.
Infrastructure energy performance metrics and benchmarking
The Infrastructure Energy Efficiency Metrics and Benchmarking Sub Group will work towards forming a consensus on appropriate metrics and benchmarks for measuring and driving improvements in HPC data center infrastructure energy performance.
Computing Systems energy performance metrics and benchmarking
The Computing Systems Energy Efficiency Metrics and Benchmarking Sub Group will work towards forming a consensus on appropriate metrics and benchmarks for measuring and driving improvements in HPC systems energy performance.
Conferences energy efficiency technical programs
The Conferences Sub Group will leverage technical programs at conferences, such as SCxx, to increase energy efficiency awareness and knowledge.