Promoting the use of computers with low energy consumption is a step towards creating a more sustainable and environmentally friendly approach to computing, benefiting both individuals and society as a whole.
The nominal consumption of the OrangePi 5 is:
The cluster has 5 units bringing the ideal values to:
I wanted to measure it, just to be sure.
The idle value I’ve measured is 11.3 Watts
Making it an average of 2.6 Watts per unit.
I made a script that uses the simple “stress” command to activate all the 40 Cores at the same time.
stress --cpu $SLURM_CPUS_ON_NODE --timeout 2m
The value that comes under stress is higher than expected: 45.7 Watts
The value per unit is: 9.14 Watts
This is the CPU activity report from Grafana/Prometheus:
Finally ‘htop’ confirms that all CPU are in use during the test:
The year consumption of keeping the HPC in idle for the whole year is calculated by multiplying the minimum consumption by the number of hours per year.
11.3 x 8760 = 98988 Watts/year
The average price of electricity for 2023 in my country is “0.11835” euro/kWh.
98988 /1000 x 0.11835 = 11.71 Euros/year
if we want to calculate the maximum consumption:
45.7 x 8760 / 1000 x 0.11835 = 47.37 Euros/year
In conclusion we can say that the maintenance cost of this unit will vary between 11.71 and 47.37 Euros per year.