Energy Efficient High Performance Computing Working Group Discussions and Webinars


The Energy Efficient High Performance Computing Working Group is open to all interested parties on the LinkedIn Discussion Group. This is a private group with 150+ professional members to share information, develop best practices and define and influence the path forward for industry.


Join us for monthly webinars on energy efficent high performance computing. (See below for past presentations)



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The predominant goal for procurement of HPC systems is to identify the optimal solution to both technical and financial targets that maximizes the contribution of that system to the organization’s mission.  Beyond the acquisition cost of the system, it is also important to consider the total costs of ownership, including the improvements necessary to host the system, the infrastructure that supports its operation, and the significant operational costs associated with that new HPC system. 

The EE HPC WG has created the Energy Efficiency Considerations for HPC Procurement document that encourages dialogue about requirements and priorities for HPC energy efficiency features and capabilities. It provides language intended to assist authors of RFP’s in specifying power and energy measurement and control considerations, both high- and low-level from the system and facility perspective.  This document is intended to facilitate communication throughout the HPC community and between HPC community and HPC vendors with a forecast of requirements. This is intended to be a LIVING document, updated on a regular basis.  This webinar will give an overview of the Energy Efficiency Considerations for HPC Procurement.

A group independent of the EE HPC WG, but that supports supercomputing centers has developed a Power Monitoring Template and is encouraging its use when writing procurement documents.  The Power Monitoring Template is a kind of ‘case study’ or specific implementation of part of the EE HPC WG’s RFP Considerations document.  The two documents are complimentary and might even be positioned as parent-child documents.  A review of the development process for the Power Monitoring Template is also provided in this webinar. Each section and the reasoning behind the language will be described. 

James H. Laros III is a Principal Member of Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories. James leads a variety of projects for Sandia and the National Nuclear Security Administration including serving as Chief Architect for the third Advanced Technology System, Crossroads. In addition, James leads the Advanced Architecture Test Beds project and the HPC Power API specification effort. James has a long and broad history in High Performance Computing including both Systems Architecture and Systems Software Research and Development.

Dr. Ben Payne is a research scientist for the Department of Defense. In the past two years he has worked on creating a statement of work intended for use in the acquisition of compute infrastructure. The scope of the SoW is limited to monitoring electrical power.


Previous Webinar Documents


  • An Overview of Sandia National Laboratory’s High Performance Computing Power (API) Specification (121115) - by James Laros III
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