Training for Testers

The SNIA Emerald™ Program provides a variety of training materials addressing the SNIA Emerald™ Power Efficiency Measurement Specification, performing tests based on the Measurement Specification, and preparing and submitting test results.

SNIA Emerald™ V3.0 Training

SNIA conducted SNIA Emerald™ 3.0 training as a series of six 4-hour webinars in February-March 2018.

The topics, content, and flow follow the comprehensive training plan for V2.0.2, with the focus on V3.0. Emphasis is on the File IO test methods and tools, since this is new to the SNIA Emerald™ Specification V3.0. Block IO is covered in a refresher fashion, attendees were expected to become familiar with V2.0.2 and V2.1 training materials as a background that V3.0 builds upon. There will be no hands-on-lab training.

Slides, recordings, and other materials from the training sessions are available below.  Recommended preparation for the final 3 sessions is given following the agenda below.

To characterize the sessions, the first three sessions are primer and program “what is it”; the final three sessions are technical “how to”.

Session 1: Storage Primer - February 20, 2018

Title

Presenter

Materials

Welcome and Overview

Wayne Adams

Slides

Enterprise Storage Primer: Part 1 - Storage Basics*

Leah Schoeb

Slides

Video

Enterprise Storage Primer: Part 2 - Characteristics of Enterprise Storage*

Leah Schoeb

Slides

Video
 

Enterprise Storage Primer: Part 3 - Storage Performance and IO Load Basics

Chuck Paridon

Slides

Video

Enterprise Storage Primer: Part 4 - Introduction to Capacity Optimization Methods (COMs)

Carlos Pratt

Slides

Video

*2014 training is referenced since it is as relevant in 2018 and due to speaker unavailability

   

 

Session 2: SNIA and EPA Program Overview - February 21, 2018

Title

Presenter

Materials

Welcome and Overview

Wayne Adams

Slides

ENERGY STAR Version 1.0 Storage Program Update

Supplementary material from January 2018 Stakeholder Meeting

John Clinger & Ryan Fogle & Mary Beliveau

Slides

Video

Stakeholder

Overview of SNIA Emerald Specification V3.0.1

Herb Tanzer & Chuck Paridon

Slides

Video

Emerald vs. ENERGY STAR

Don Goddard

Slides

Video

Storage Taxonomy Emerald 3.0.1

Herb Tanzer

Slides

Video

80 Plus Testing

Don Goddard

Slides

Video

 

Session 3: SNIA Emerald Programs - February 22, 2018

Title

Presenter

Materials

Welcome and Overview

Wayne Adams

Slides

SNIA Green Storage Program Overview

Wayne Adams

Slides

Joint SNIA/The Green Grid White Paper #77

To access white paper, go to The Green Grid website and register at no-charge

Wayne Adams

Slides

Access WP

SNIA Emerald Recognized Tester Program Overview

Wayne Adams

Slides

Upcoming Sessions: Plans and Suggested Preparation

Wayne Adams

Slides

 

Session 4: File-Access Testing: Overview and Test Setup - March 20, 2018

Title

Presenter

Materials

Welcome and Overview

Wayne Adams

 

Application-Level Benchmarking with SPEC SFS® 2014

Nick Principe & Vernon Miller

Slides

Video

Using SPEC SFS® with the SNIA Emerald Program

Vernon Miller & Nick Principe

Slides

Video

Power Source Setup

Suzanne  Stone

Slides

Video

Power and Environmental Metering

Patrick Stanko

Slides

Video

SPEC SFS 2014 within Emerald - Part 1

Set up environment, sFlow, NFS Client; install SPEC SFS 2014; configure client; check DNS

Don Capps

Slides 
(all parts)

Video

 

Session 5: Generating Emerald Test Data - March 21, 2018

TITLE

PRESENTER

MATERIALS

Welcome and Overview

Wayne Adams

 

SPEC SFS 2014 within Emerald - Part 2

Set up server, configure SPEC SFS 2014, collect data, example results, introduction to data reduction

Don Capps

Slides 
(all parts)

Video

File Data Reduction

Spreadsheet illustrates data reduction process
 

Patrick Stanko

Slides

Video

Spreadsheet

SPEC SFS 2014 within Emerald - Part 3

Data reduction follow-up, if things go wrong..., submitting performance data to SPEC

Don Capps

Slides 
(all parts)

Video

 

Session 6: Analyze and Report Emerald Metrics - March 22, 2018

TITLE

PRESENTER

MATERIALS

Welcome and Overview

Wayne Adams

 

Capacity Optimization Methods Data Generator

Carlos Pratt

Slides

Video

Product/Family, Best Foot Forward, Test Points and Qualification Ranges

(Slides-2 from 2014 training with slide 36 updated)

Herb Tanzer

Slides-1
Slides-2

Video

SPEC SFS 2014 within Emerald - Part 4

Using Tag2014 Tool

Don Capps

Slides
(all parts)

Video

Demartek Best Practices for SPEC SFS Testing

Suzanne Stone

Slides

Video

SNIA Emerald Test Data Report Template

Dave Thiel

Slides

Video

General Q&A

All

Video

Support, Help, and Resources

Dave Thiel

Slides

Video

 

Preparation for Sessions 4, 5, and 6

  • For any participant that has not been trained for Block IO or needs a refresher, please visit these URLs:
  • To allow more flexibility for when we resume on March 20th, these SPEC SFS videos are to be watched.
  • https://www.spec.org/sfs2014/presentations/index.html
  • Required for everyone in the SNIA Emerald Training Program:
    • Application-Level Benchmarking with SPEC SFS 2014
    • Using SPEC SFS with the SNIA Emerald Program for EPA Energy Star Data Center Storage Program
  • Optional - for test engineers having interest in the rationale and technology in the SPEC SFS 2014 workload tool:
    • SPEC SFS 2014: An Under-the-Hood Review
  • Optional - for performance test engineers using the full suite of SPEC SFS Performance Workloads, the newest 5th workload is not part of the Emerald Test Methods:
    • Introducing the EDA Workload for the SPEC SFS 2014 Benchmark
  • For testing labs - the SPEC SFS 2014 test tool is a nominally priced software tool sold by SPEC; prepare to make your purchase of $2000 USD, download, and work with it:

​Acknowledgement

​SNIA GSI/Green TWG is deeply appreciative of the time and efforts of the following SNIA Emerald Version 3.0 Training Program contributors and presenters. The training program experience, materials, tools, and training session recordings enable the global industry to move forward with ongoing and expanded storage system power measurement testing and reporting with the EPA Energy Star Data Center Storage V1.1 Program.

  • Wayne Adams
  • Mary Beliveau
  • Don Capps
  • John Clinger
  • Ryan Fogle
  • Don Goddard
  • Vernon Miller
  • Chuck Paridon
  • Carlos Pratt
  • Nick Principe
  • Leah Schoeb
  • Patrick Stanko
  • Suzanne Stone
  • Herb Tanzer
  • David Thiel

SNIA Emerald™ V2.1 Update Webinar

A webinar of two 3-hour sessions was conducted on July 20-21, 2015. Slides and materials from this sessions are available. The first session covered the technical details of the SNIA Emerald™ V2.1 Specification and supporting test tools. The second session covered the program details for SNIA Emerald™ Programs, USA EPA EnergyStar Program, and supplementary information on testing services and certifying body services. 

SNIA Emerald™ V2.0.2 4-Day Training Event

Slides and videos of presentations from SNIA Emerald™ training provided at the SNIA Technology Center in Colorado Springs, CO USA during the week of July 14, 2014 are available. The event was attended by Storage vendor companies' test and measurement engineers, independent industry labs participating in the USA EPA Energy Star Data Center Program and offering SNIA Emerald™ testing services, and EPA recognized certifying bodies for the Data Center Program.