Encyclopedia of Big Data Technologies

2019 Edition
| Editors: Sherif Sakr, Albert Y. Zomaya

Energy Benchmarking

  • Klaus-Dieter LangeEmail author
  • Jóakim von KistowskiEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-77525-8_119



Software that utilizes standard applications, or their core routines that focus on a particular access pattern, in order to measure the power consumption or energy efficiency of single or multiple servers or storage systems.


Energy benchmarks are useful tools to analyze the power consumption and efficiency of IT equipment. This chapter will provide historical context for energy benchmarking, brief descriptions of the most commonly used benchmarks, current research findings, and future research challenges.

Historical Background

In 1996, one of the earliest works on an energy-efficiency metric was published by Gonzalez and Horowitz (1996) in which the authors proposed the energy-delay product as the metric of energy-efficient microprocessor design. Almost a decade later, January 2006, the SPECpower Committee (https://www.spec.org/power) was founded and started the development of the first...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Hewlett Packard EnterpriseHoustonUSA
  2. 2.Institute of Computer ScienceUniversity of WürzburgWürzburgGermany

Section editors and affiliations

  • Meikel Poess
    • 1
  • Tilmann Rabl
    • 2
  1. 1.Server TechnologiesOracleRedwood ShoresUSA
  2. 2.Database Systems and Information Management GroupTechnische Universität BerlinBerlinGermany