The Green Grid will hold its first annual general members' meeting one year after its formal launch on February 6th, 2008, in San Francisco.

There will be a 2-day technical forum at the same venue, the Parc 55 hotel, on February 5th and 6th. It's aimed at advancing energy efficiency in data centres and business computing ecosystems. We're told attendees will learn about The Green Grid’s data centre metrics, current and emerging techniques for managing data centres for efficiency, and future technical deliverables from the organisation.

Mark Monroe, a Green Grid director, said: "We have developed The Green Grid Technical Forum to share and discuss our current research and findings and to bring the stakeholders of data centre efficiency together to network, brainstorm and provide input on our technical roadmap and priorities".

The Green Grid will also host discussions with leading industry policy-makers from around the world. That sounds very interesting as we're currently facing the possibility of fracturing and un-co-ordinated green (power efficiency mostly) IT initiatives; witness the CSCI, Green Grid, EU-driven data centre code of conduct, Energy Star and EPEAT in the USA, and several national initiatives such as GAP in the UK.

For example, the CSCI has a data centre interest but only for volume servers so far. It is not addressing the data centre as a whole and including HVAC and power distribution components or rack cooling designs.

It would clearly be a good thing if the CSCI and the Green Grid did not diverge on server power-efficiency measures.

Green Grid members can register for the February event at http://www.thegreengrid.org/events/technical_forum/.

Plugfest

On November 7-8th in Dupont, Wash., the Green Grid hosted its first Plugfest event for independent hardware vendors (IHVs). This was a testing event run by an independent third party that provided vendors with the opportunity to evaluate their hardware against a specification, in this case the PCI Express Active State Power Management (ASPM).

The test event, hosted by The Green Grid, was the first time IHVs could test devices in the various power management states. The IHVs received evaluations on how their components performed against existing ASPM specifications.

Equipment and tools were available during the event to evaluate and measure components against the following parameters:

- Operating System ASPM Driver Entries
- ACPI Table Entries for ASPM
- Adapter Card Device Driver ASPM Entries
- Adapter Card Configuration Space ASPM Entries
- Measurement of Supported Link State Transition Latencies
- Measurement of Average Power Draw in all Supported Link States

The Green Grid said that the event set the framework for these components to become more energy-efficient moving forward.

It provides a way for data centre components to work together better towards the goal of more power-efficient data centres.