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Dynamic Knobs for Power-Aware Computing

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Executive Summary

The authors present PowerDial, a system for dynamically adapting application behavior to execute successfully in the face of load and power fluctuations. PowerDial transforms static configuration parameters into dynamic knobs that the PowerDial control system can manipulate to dynamically trade off the accuracy of the computation in return for reductions in the computational resources that the application requires to produce its results. These reductions translate into power savings. The experimental results show that PowerDial can enable the benchmark applications to execute responsively in the face of power caps (imposed, for example, in response to cooling system failures) that would otherwise significantly impair the delivered performance.

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