‘The Green Grid is a consortium of information technology companies and professionals seeking to lower the overall consumption of power in data centers around the globe. The organization is chartered to develop meaningful, platform-neutral standards, measurement methods, processes and new technologies to improve energy efficient performance of global data centers.’
Board members include heavy weights like AMD, Microsoft, Dell, IBM, HP, Intel & Sun Microsystems. Contributor members include BT, Fujitsu Seimens & Cisco, among many others.
Technology companies are working together to address the rising costs of electricity consumption by server systems and data centers. Utility bills for data centers have soared as the number of servers grows and power consumption of many systems increases. The Green Grid and other groups hope to come up with new metrics for power consumption and performance, and recommendations to improve computer-room efficiency.
One of Green Grid’s primary goals is to come up with more-accurate data to measure power efficiency in computer rooms. The lack of standard measure of computing performance has posed a big obstacle in coming up with ways to improve the energy efficiency of computer equipment and consumption practices.
“Once people agree on a way to measure performance, things will change very quickly.” said Mr Koomey, a staff scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and consulting professor at Stanford University.
An industry group called SPEC (Standard Performance Evaluation Corp.) is working on new performance tests to be used in combination with power-consumption figures being developed by the Environmental Protection Agency.
Besides servers, one focus for improving efficiency is the power supply itself, including the devices that convert alternating current into the direct current used by most computing equipment. Many such devices convert less than 70% of the voltage they receive into usable energy, industry executives say. An effort called 80 Plus, managed by electric utilities and Ecos Consulting Inc., operates a certification program to encourage PC power-supply makers to boost efficiency to 80% or more, and it is planning to shift its attention to server power supplies.
The Green Grid hopes to attract such technology suppliers as well as data-center managers to become paid members. Companies on its board include computer maker Rackable Systems Inc., a maker of server-cooling technology called SprayCool Inc.
A relief for all us web surfers out there aware of our power consumption via 24hr servers. 🙂