[Beowulf] [EXTERNAL] Re: Is Crowd Computing the Next Big Thing?

Janne Blomqvist janne.blomqvist at aalto.fi
Thu Nov 28 00:39:13 PST 2019

On 27/11/2019 22.56, Lux, Jim (US 337K) via Beowulf wrote:
> With respect to "free cycles" in desktop computers - back in the day, 10-15 years ago, a bunch of folks made measurements on cluster nodes of one sort or another.  As I recall, there *is* a power consumption change between full load and not, but there's a significant "background load" that is more than 50% of the total power consumption.

With current hardware, there is a significant difference (at least,
assuming the "ipmi-dcmi --get-system-power-statistics" output is
correct). On our skylake nodes ("standard 2-socket CPU nodes") idle
power is about 50W, when running flat out about 400W.

Somewhat older hardware is less good at saving power when idle, Westmere
nodes consume about 100W idling. IIRC our old Istanbul Opterons (which
we have already thrown away, so can't double-check) consumed about 170W
when idle.

Janne Blomqvist

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