4 Tips to Reduce Hardware Costs by Making Your Processors More Sustainable

  • by Judith M. Myerson , Systems Engineer and Architect/Owner
  • July 12, 2010
Achieving hardware sustainability is about reducing energy use. See how to do this by improving processor performance and process improvements.

Companies using SAP systems should consider hardware sustainability as part of their sustainability initiatives. Contributing to hardware sustainability are the multi-core CPU processors in data-intensive servers. They are smaller, performing faster and drawing less power, and require less cooling and less energy in running SAP applications and services.

These processors are multithreaded, meaning that the processors can run a process in threads simultaneously in data-intensive computing servers. If a processor needs data and instructions to satisfy a data input request, it can get them from a latency cache to complete the execution of a thread or a process (as well as an application or a program).

As part of hardware sustainability efforts to reduce energy use and costs, you can look at ways of improving voltage/reliability tradeoffs (i.e., a processor is more reliable when it has lower voltage) for each processor. I’ll show you solutions to four problems of energy use with processors: catastrophic processor failure, high latency, unintended logic changes in the processor, and non-guarantee of multithreaded performance at a certain level of service.

Judith M. Myerson

Judith M. Myerson is a systems architect and engineer and an SAP consultant. She is the author of the Enterprise System Integration, Second Edition, handbook, RFID in the Supply Chain: A Guide to Selection and Implementation, and several articles on enterprise-wide systems, database technologies, application development, SAP, RFID technologies, project management, risk management, and GRC.

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