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Method to Manage Datacenter Through Audible Soundscapes That Reflects Status of Collaborating Servers Running Business Workloads

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000219742D
Publication Date: 2012-Jul-10
Document File: 2 page(s) / 30K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method to manage datacenter through audible soundscapes that reflects status of collaborating servers running business workloads.

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Disclosed is a method that maps the status of business-level workloads to the data center resources that they run on, and communicates that status through complex sounds. First, the sounds can be shaped from the existing physical noise from datacenter resources, (fan noise, for example) where the white noise can be filtered and EQ'd using noise cancelling techniques. Additional tones can also be physically added or subtracted as needed to communicate the proper sound emanating out of the device. Alternatively, the sound can be shaped through a centralized location (multitimbral synthesizer) so that the sounds across the collection of datacenter resources can be heard through a set of headphones to more precisely hear the ambient soundscape emanating from the datacenter.

    While audio has been used for years to notify users of problems, the focus has been a very simple sound to get the users' attention that a device has a problem. This helps users, especially visually impaired users, to know when to pay attention to a system (or application).

    However, precise tuning, pitch, tones, musical dynamics, and chording have not been done to communicate how multiple datacenter resources are working together. Further, while the use of noise cancellation has been used to quiet down a datacenter, selected EQing and filtering to alter the tone of the raw noise has not been done.

    The result is a rack (or whole room) of servers/storage/network that SOUND like they're running in harmony because the software running on them are running harmoniously together. Then, when problems occur, a dissonant tone/melodic progression is added to the ambiance so that the administrator immediately knows there is a problem, and based on the type of sound (and potentially its surround-sound location if listening through headphones), the administrator will also know which workload is being affected by that hardware problem.

    When a user wants a full datacenter understanding, all resources will produce complimentary sounds to produce a rich soundscape. To focus in on specific workloads (and remove potential overload in audio sensory), the administrator can filter which workloads to 'listen' to. Since a business workload uses a subset of data center resources, when a business workload is selected in a supporting UI by the user, the sound that those physical resources output would be shaped so they audibly reflect their status and the status of the workload software running on them. If a resource does not run the workload, then the resource makes no sound (full noise cancellation).

    Finally, the user can put on audio headphones so that surround-sound mixing can help the user identify problem elements directionally and without the need to have the resource raise its volume if it is in the 'back' of the datacenter. Further, the administrator can now walk around the datacenter so he can listen for problems through the headphones and a companion mobile de...