Theme: Future Technologies

Low power computing

Level: Intermediate

Typical duration: 1 day

Lectures: 7h

Labs: 1h

Course code: FU4

As manufacturers improve the silicon process, truly low energy computing is becoming a reality - both in servers and in the client space.

Training topics

Low power computing

This course covers a spectrum of aspects related to low energy, general purpose computing:
- low power processors, their strengths and weaknesses
- considerations of practical power measurements
- power consumption profiles in typical general purpose computers
- monitoring hardware and software energy efficiency
- fundamentals of datacenter operation and design
Primarily, Intel Xeon, Intel Atom and ARM platforms are covered.

The course is supported by a short hands-on lab, which introduces the students to power measurements.



After the course, the students will:
- Identify and use low power computing solutions available today
- Measure and understand the power consumption profile of their computing systems
- Understand key considerations of datacenter design and the metrics that describe its efficiency

Training concepts

Low power processor and platform designs, energy efficiency,
Datacenter monitoring, thermal studies
Monitoring code power consumption (ARM, Atom and other designs)
Per-processor energy consumption monitoring