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Researchers Submit Patent Application, "Estimating Component Power Usage from Aggregate Power Usage", for Approval

July 29, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Information Technology Newsweekly -- From Washington, D.C., VerticalNews journalists report that a patent application by the inventors Gatts, Todd Dickson (Raleigh, NC); Yellick, Jason Karl (Raleigh, NC), filed on January 10, 2013, was made available online on July 17, 2014.

The patent's assignee is International Business Machines Corporation.

News editors obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "The present invention relates generally to a computer implemented method for computing the electrical power consumed by a component. More particularly, the present invention relates to a computer implemented method for estimating the electrical power usage of a component in a data processing environment based on an aggregate power usage metric in the data processing environment.

"Data processing environments often include multiple data processing systems. The data processing systems each have need for electrical power for performing their respective functions.

"In certain data processing environment configurations, such as in a rack, several data processing systems may be configured to receive bulk power over a common power line. The bulk power is then distributed to the various data processing systems via power distribution mechanism.

"Any combination of the types of data processing systems may receive power in this manner in a data processing environment. For example, a server data processing system may be collocated with a network attached storage (NAS), and a networking switch in a rack.

"As a data processing system is used, such as for performing computations, data input/output (I/O), or data transmission, the data processing system consumes electrical power. Data about the collective power consumption of a combination of data processing systems, such as in a rack or a group of racks is usually available in a data processing environment."

As a supplement to the background information on this patent application, VerticalNews correspondents also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent application: "The illustrative embodiments provide a method for estimating component power usage from aggregate power usage metric in a data processing environment. An embodiment receives a power estimation model, the model correlating a factor of the component with an aggregate power consumption of a set of components during a period, the component being a member of the set of components, the component being a hardware device operating in the data processing environment and consuming electrical power, the factor being a characteristic of the component related to the consumption of the electrical power in the component. The embodiment receives a value of the factor at a determined time. The embodiment applies the value of the factor to the power estimation model to generate an estimate of electrical power consumed by the component. The embodiment outputs the estimate as the estimated power usage of the component when the factor attains the value.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE SEVERAL VIEWS OF THE DRAWINGS

"The novel features believed characteristic of the embodiments are set forth in the appended claims. The invention itself, however, as well as a preferred mode of use, further objectives and advantages thereof, will best be understood by reference to the following detailed description of an illustrative embodiment when read in conjunction with the accompanying drawings, wherein:

"FIG. 1 depicts a pictorial representation of a network of data processing systems in which illustrative embodiments may be implemented;

"FIG. 2 depicts a block diagram of a data processing system in which illustrative embodiments may be implemented;

"FIG. 3 depicts an example configuration of components whose aggregate power consumption data can be used to estimate a component's individual power consumption in accordance with an illustrative embodiment;

"FIG. 4 depicts a block diagram of an operation of a power estimation application in accordance with an illustrative embodiment;

"FIG. 5 depicts a block diagram of another operation of a power estimation application in accordance with an illustrative embodiment;

"FIG. 6 depicts a block diagram of another operation of a power estimation application in accordance with an illustrative embodiment;

"FIG. 7 depicts a flowchart of a process of generating a power estimation model in accordance with an illustrative embodiment; and

"FIG. 8 depicts a flowchart of a process of estimating the power usage of a component at a given time in accordance with an illustrative embodiment."

For additional information on this patent application, see: Gatts, Todd Dickson; Yellick, Jason Karl. Estimating Component Power Usage from Aggregate Power Usage. Filed January 10, 2013 and posted July 17, 2014. Patent URL: http://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.html&r=1009&p=21&f=G&l=50&d=PG01&S1=20140710.PD.&OS=PD/20140710&RS=PD/20140710

Keywords for this news article include: Information Technology, Information and Data Processing, International Business Machines Corporation.

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