Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation
The SERT tool (Server Efficiency Rating Tool) was created by the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation (SPEC), the world's leading organization for benchmarking expertise, at the request of the US Environmental Protection Agency. It is intended to measure server energy efficiency, initially as part of the second generation of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ENERGY STAR for Computer Servers program. Designed to be simple to configure and use via a comprehensive graphical user interface, the SERT tool uses a set of synthetic worklets to test discrete system components such as processors, memory and storage, providing detailed power consumption data at different load levels. Results are provided in both machine- and human-readable forms, enabling automatic submission to government-sponsored certification programs as well as both summary and detail reports for use by potential customers.
The EPA’s ENERGY STAR for Computer Server Specification version 2 and SPEC
SPEC applauds the EPA for its goal to drive toward greater energy
efficiency in IT Equipment, and SPEC considers the EPA ENERGY STAR
Program an industry partner in this effort. The development of an
Active Mode Efficiency Rating Tool is an essential component in the
ongoing effort to reduce worldwide energy consumption and paves the way
for a successful ENERGY STAR for Computer Server program that has the
potential to harmonize energy efficiency programs worldwide.
SPEC welcomes this opportunity to work with the EPA on the SERT tool in
support of the ENERGY STAR Specification for Computer Server v2 and is
proudly looking forward to continuing our long-standing association
with the EPA ENERGY STAR Development Team.
Development of the SERT tool is an international effort, with interest being
expressed in adoption by national bodies from the European Union, China,
Japan and Korea.
Government Programs that use the SERT tool
Information on the Tool
The SERT Tool 1.1.0 Release Announcement (March 2015)
JVM Options Guide for v1.1.1
A training/demo session on the SERT tool was held on January 23, 2013 from 1:30 PM - 5:00 PM CST at the Austin Convention Center in conjunction with the SPEC Annual Meeting in Austin, TX.
Technical support requiring involvement of specialists is done by volunteers from our member institutions (see member list). Please do not send us any proprietary information in your queries. If you feel you cannot clearly ask your question without reference to proprietary information please clearly mark such communications and we will not involve our SERT tool specialists, but rather will answer your query only if SPEC's own staff SERT tool generalists are able to do so.
(FAQ) - Installation and runtime issues raised
by users of the SERT tool.
A major new version of SERT was released March 28th, 2017. SERT users are encouraged to move to SERT 2.0
An update is available for the SERT tool (v1.1.1), released January 29th, 2016. This minor update includes several enhancements.
An update is available for PTDaemon (v1.8.0), released February 5th, 2016. This update is included with version 1.1.1 of the SERT tool. Please note that DC power measurements are not supported by the tool at this time.
For users of the SERT tool 1.0.0, 1.0.1, 1.0.2, or 1.1.0 the PTD v1.8.0 update can be downloaded here