HP-UX 11i v3 power saving features

 
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As part of HP’s Thermal Logic portfolio,
HP-UX 11i v3 integrates and expands on HP Integrity’s embedded power saving and manageability features. With HP-UX 11i v3 customers can lower operational costs through operating system level control of processors, I/O cards, and cell boards.
HP-UX 11i v3 power saving features

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Starting with the September 2010 release, customers can request new Integrity servers delivered with HP-UX 11i v3 pre-tuned for maximum energy-savings.

Green Idle
Processors

Customers using HP-UX 11i v3 with the Intel® Itanium® processor 9300 series systems can realise a power saving of up to 45% of processor power with this capability. A tunable value can be applied that will determine how aggressive the OS will be in keeping a processor idle once it becomes idle. Some states have been optimised to save power with practically no performance penalty.

pwr_idle_ctl determines how aggressive the OS will be in keeping a processor idle once it has become idle.

Green Active Processors

With HP-UX 11i v3 and systems utilising the Intel® Itanium® processor 9300 series, customers can now save up to 40% of active processor power. Active processors can be set to a dynamic control mode that will change performance states to match processor performance (and power consumption) with utilisation requirements. A static control mode is also available which allows a processor’s performance state to be set and maintained at a tunable value.

pstatectl command enables dynamic or static P-states, provides performance and power consumption information, and sets the static P-state.

Green Idle Cell

Available on cellular platforms, HP-UX 11i v3 allows the ability to power down an unused cell through Dynamic nPartitioning. This provides customers with significant power savings of 700-1000W per cell.

parolrad, frupower commands cycle power on and off a target cell board.

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Green Idle I/O

For devices that have extended periods of idle, or for redundant devices when power must be reduced. HP-UX 11i v3 provides the ability to power down PCI cards with savings up to 25W per card.

olrad command allows customers to power down and power up a target OLD-capablePCI device.

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iLO2 Power
Regulator

iLO2 Power Regulator includes a Power Meter which provides a graphical view to monitor server power usage, temperature, and power regulator settings. Power Regulator provides four modes: Static Low Power Mode, Static High Power Mode, Dynamic Power Savings Mode, and OS Control Mode. Integrity platforms can move from mode to mode without rebooting (unlike x86 platforms).

Insight Control
power management

Insight Control power management enables system managers to graphically monitor thermal data and power consumption for a single server or a group of servers using native HP SIM features, including extensive historical data capabilities. Now included with all HP-UX 11i v3 OEs, Insight Control power management provides Intelligent Power Discovery to assist in mapping out infrastructure power, and Data Center Power Control, which allows customers to automatically shut off non-critical systems the case of a power event.

 

Capacity Advisor

Included in the HP-UX 11i v3 Virtual Server and Data Centre OEs, Capacity Advisor can be used to estimate the power that will be used by HP servers under different loading conditions. Combined with Insight Control power management, Capacity Advisor will get detailed power readings, and then find the relationship between the use of the system and the power consumed. Capacity Advisor can use that to predict power needs in the future. The prediction takes into account the forecasted growth rate of the workloads, and planned configuration changes such as stacking more workloads or virtual machines on the server.