Penguin Computing Releases New Power Monitoring Device

  Penguin Computing Releases New Power Monitoring Device

PowerInsight Measures System Power Consumption of Internal Subsystems in Real


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FREMONT, Calif. & SALT LAKE CITY -- November 12, 2012

Penguin Computing, experts in high performance computing (HPC) solutions,
today announced the immediate availability of PowerInsight, a new product for
monitoring server and desktop power consumption.

PowerInsight was designed by Penguin Computing in close cooperation with
Sandia National Laboratories. It is a compact device that measures power
consumption for all subsystem components within a server. The product includes
an ARM-based server, a custom carrier board and kits of sensors and connectors
for the various power rails within a system. All within a form factor small
enough to fit a 3.5’’ drive tray. Examples of subsystems that can be monitored
are CPU, Memory, hard drives, GPU, and fans. Additional subsystem monitoring
devices are planned.

“In many data centers power is the biggest facility challenge,” says Phil
Pokorny, CTO at Penguin Computing. “While tools that measure system level
power consumption are a commodity, affordable, easy-to-use tools for obtaining
power information at the subsystem level are virtually non-existent. We are
the first company on the market that offers a solution that allows
researchers, programmers and system manufacturers to gain more insight into
the power consumption of their systems and the implications of their design

With its affordability and ease-of-use PowerInsight also enables the notion of
‘power aware programming’. Programmers that are faced with a choice of
algorithms for solving a specific problem can now use PowerInsight to make
choices that consider power at the subsystem level as well as simple benchmark

“Our intent is for PowerInsight to further our understanding of energy usage
down to the component level,” says James Laros, Principal Member of Technical
Staff at Sandia National Laboratories. “Our experiments will try to
empirically measure the effect -- on both performance and energy -- of
hardware adjustments like CPU frequency scaling, and of software changes that
involve algorithm modifications.”

A demo of PowerInsight will be shown in Penguin Computing’s booth 1217 at
SC’12 in Salt Lake City, please visit for more

About Penguin Computing

For well over a decade Penguin Computing has been dedicated to delivering
complete, integrated Enterprise and High Performance Computing (HPC) solutions
that are innovative, cost effective, and easy to use. Penguin offers a
complete end-to-end portfolio of products and solutions including
workstations, rackmount servers, custom server designs, power efficient rack
solutions and turnkey clusters. Penguin also offers the Scyld suite of
software products for efficient provisioning and infrastructure monitoring.
Additionally, Penguin Computing on Demand (POD), is a public HPC cloud that is
available instantly and as needed. Penguin counts some of the world’s most
demanding organizations as its customers, including AOL, Yelp, Caterpillar,
Life Technologies, Dolby, Lockheed Martin and the US Air Force.


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