OCP Engineering Workshop at UNH - Event Summary

Monday, August 29, 2016 · Posted by at 10:40 AM

On 10 August, 2016, The Open Compute Project (OCP) Foundation hosted 110 attendees from 63 organizations, including, AT&T, Cumulus, Dell, Deutsche Telekom AG, Accton, Facebook, Fidelity Investments, Google, Intel, Microsoft, Nokia,, Orange, Penguin Computing, Radisys, and Verizon at the InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL) at the University of New Hampshire. It was a full day workshop with great community involvement and collaborative discussions.

The day began with a General Session which included a welcome from the OCP leadership team, including Amber Graner, Operations Director and Community Manager, and Corey Bell, Co-Chief Executive Officer. Also introduced were new team members Michael Schill, Community Support Specialist and Dirk Van Slyke, Director of Marketing and Communications.

Bill Carter, the Foundation’s new Chief Technology Officer, introduced the updated OCP INSPIRED™ and OCP ACCEPTED™ contribution program processes.

There were 4 tracks that were held after lunch and included the following OCP Project groups: Open Rack, Telco, Networking and Data Center.

The afternoon tracks included a series of information sessions and collaborative workshops:

  • The attendees saw from Facebook and Google a first review of the proposed 2.0 release of the Open Rack Standard which now includes optional 48VDC distribution, in-rack battery backup, and robust, efficient specifications for in-rack rectifiers.
  • There were updates on various projects and efforts including Open Optical Monitoring (OOM), SAI, CBW
  • AT&T, Orange, and Deutsche Telekom shared  their progress on the journey to open hardware adoption
  • SK Telecom highlighted  their plans to deploy OCP hardware in Korea
  • The Networking group talked about the evolution of the programmable pipeline in switching ASICs
  • Radisys shared a rack design that adds carrier grade features, shared power, and optical interfaces to the industry standard 19” wide EIA rack.
  • Tours were available of UNH-IOL's new facilities while they were performing an OCP L1 Interop Plugfest on 100G.

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