Computer Science - Research and Development

, Volume 27, Issue 4, pp 329–336

Measuring power consumption on IBM Blue Gene/P


    • IBM Deutschland GmbH
  • Wolfgang Frings
    • Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH
  • Willi Homberg
    • Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH
  • Anke Zitz
    • Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH
  • Michael Knobloch
    • Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH
  • Hans Böttiger
    • IBM Deutschland Research & Development GmbH
Open AccessSpecial Issue Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s00450-011-0192-y

Cite this article as:
Hennecke, M., Frings, W., Homberg, W. et al. Comput Sci Res Dev (2012) 27: 329. doi:10.1007/s00450-011-0192-y


Energy efficiency is a key design principle of the IBM Blue Gene series of supercomputers, and Blue Gene systems have consistently gained top GFlops/Watt rankings on the Green500 list. The Blue Gene hardware and management software provide built-in features to monitor power consumption at all levels of the machine’s power distribution network. This paper presents the Blue Gene/P power measurement infrastructure and discusses the operational aspects of using this infrastructure on Petascale machines. We also describe the integration of Blue Gene power monitoring capabilities into system-level tools like LLview, and highlight some results of analyzing the production workload at Research Center Jülich (FZJ).


Blue Gene Energy efficiency Power consumption

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