Showing posts with label throttle. Show all posts
Showing posts with label throttle. Show all posts

16 October 2012

258. Briefly: Throttle CPU between certain hours on linux

Because university administrators apparently don't consider academics trustworthy enough, at my university each office has an AC unit which cannot be adjusted. Sure, we can set the temperature -- but the unit cannot be turned on or off. Instead it shuts itself off at 5 pm and goes back on at 8 am. Same goes for weekends -- the unit shuts itself off on Friday at 5 pm and turns itself back on on Monday morning.

Obviously all the windows are sealed shut.

Which is fair enough in terms of saving energy -- no administrator would be in their office over the weekend. But most academics are constantly fighting to keep themselves afloat in terms of work, and most of us are in on weekends too.

But this is Australia -- the winters get cold enough that it's unpleasant to sit in an unheated office (no insulation) and the summers hot enough that computers get unhappy.

And I'm running a cluster in my office, so on a warmish weekend (above 20 degrees) my tiny office gets really hot. Last night one of my nodes overheated and shut itself down.

So, in want of a better solution, I figure I will throttle the CPUs overnight to give the fans a fighting chance to keep the cpus cool when the aircon is off. In particular weekends, with no air-conditioning from 5 pm on Friday until 8 am on Monday, are a challenge.

Enough talking! 

Put the following files in /etc/cron.d
## minimise heating overnight
/usr/bin/cpufreq-set -c 0 -g powersave
/usr/bin/cpufreq-set -c 1 -g powersave
/usr/bin/cpufreq-set -c 2 -g powersave
/usr/bin/cpufreq-set -c 3 -g powersave
/usr/bin/cpufreq-set -c 4 -g powersave
/usr/bin/cpufreq-set -c 5 -g powersave
## minimise heating overnight
/usr/bin/cpufreq-set -c 0 -g userspace
/usr/bin/cpufreq-set -c 1 -g userspace
/usr/bin/cpufreq-set -c 2 -g userspace
/usr/bin/cpufreq-set -c 3 -g userspace
/usr/bin/cpufreq-set -c 4 -g userspace
/usr/bin/cpufreq-set -c 5 -g userspace
/usr/bin/cpufreq-set -c 0 -f 2.2G
/usr/bin/cpufreq-set -c 1 -f 2.2G
/usr/bin/cpufreq-set -c 2 -f 2.2G
/usr/bin/cpufreq-set -c 3 -f 2.2G
/usr/bin/cpufreq-set -c 4 -f 2.2G
/usr/bin/cpufreq-set -c 5 -f 2.2G
## maximise performance during the day
/usr/bin/cpufreq-set -c 0 -g ondemand
/usr/bin/cpufreq-set -c 1 -g ondemand
/usr/bin/cpufreq-set -c 2 -g ondemand
/usr/bin/cpufreq-set -c 3 -g ondemand
/usr/bin/cpufreq-set -c 4 -g ondemand
/usr/bin/cpufreq-set -c 5 -g ondemand

Now edit /etc/crontab
00 08   * * 1-5 root    sh /etc/cron.d/
00 17   * * 1-4 root    sh /etc/cron.d/
00 17 * * 5 root sh /etc/cron.d/

And you're good to go.