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OCP 2016-2018 Project Lead Elections - Testimonial Phase Open

Tuesday, June 28, 2016 · Posted by at 2:59 AM

The Testimonial Phase of the OCP 2016-2018 Project Lead Elections is now open and the Foundation would like to thank all the nominees.

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Bill and Michael 1We are excited to announce that Bill Carter has joined the Open Compute Project Foundation as chief technology officer. As CTO, Bill's first priority will be to ensure OCP members have a complete and cohesive library of building blocks that can be shared across the Open Rack and 19” EIA rack architectures. He'll also focus on creating more opportunities for sharing tested configuration information and hardware/software deployment recipes in an effort for the whole community to better leverage the learnings from each design, validation test, and deployment.

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Announcing the nominees for the OCP Project Lead elections. The OCP Foundation would like to thank all the nominees who have agreed to run for these seats. The testimonial phase will open tomorrow, 28 June 2016.

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OCP Engineering Workshop Summary

Thursday, June 16, 2016 · Posted by at 12:44 PM

On 2 June 2016, we wrapped our second engineering workshop of the year, in San Jose. We hosted more than 100 attendees from 68 companies, including AT&T, Cumulus, Facebook, Google, and Nokia, at Quanta's San Jose office. Topics of discussion included some of the technical trends and challenges various industries among the OCP community are facing: C&I, Data Center, Networking, Storage, and Telecommunications.

We've provided an overview of key takeaways from a few of our community discussions below.

Telco

After the OCP Telco working group was moved to a top-level project in January, project co-lead Craig White led a collaborative discussion on what it means to bring the culture of openness that OCP offers to data center technologies for telecommunications companies. The discussion touched on how OCP will work with service providers, how ongoing discussions will be formatted, and how the group will prioritize next steps and challenges as we look toward the second half of the year.

Storage

Red Hat: Jacob Shucart, Sr. Cloud Storage Solution Architect, shared his view on what the future of storage will look like for the broader industry, including shifts toward the following:

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The Open Compute Project (OCP) Foundation would like to announce that nominations are now open for its OCP Project Leads. Starting today, Monday 6 June through Monday 20 June 2016, project members can begin nominating candidates for the project lead positions.  If you or someone you know would like to run for one of the project lead positions please fill out the webform.

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Event Summary: OCP U.S. Summit 2016

Friday, April 08, 2016 · Posted by at 1:31 AM

On March 9th and 10th, we hosted our seventh OCP U.S. Summit 2016 at the San Jose Convention Center. We welcomed more than 2,400 people, from 600 companies, and participation was stronger than ever. All of our event sessions are available online, so please visit our YouTube channel to watch our keynotes, executive tracks, and expo hall stage presentations.

Industry leaders took the main stage and presented a wide range of keynotes. OCP's President and Chairman, and VP of Infrastructure at Facebook, Jason Taylor welcomed the community, followed by a presentation from Jason Waxman, Corporate Vice President, Data Center Group, and GM Cloud Platforms Group, Intel, who talked about the future of open technology and that 70-80% of systems will be deployed in large scale data centers by 2025. Peter Winzer, Ph.D and Head of the Optical Transmissions Systems and Networks Research Department at Bell Labs, walked everyone through some of the company's history of industry-transforming innovation and applied those lessons to today. Mark Russinovich, CTO of Azure, Microsoft announced new open source software for open networking in the cloud. Rachael King, Reporter at the Wall Street Journal, moderated a panel of executives from AT&T, SK Telecom, Verizon, and Deutsche Telekom about the future of telecommunications infrastructure. Jay Parikh, VP of Engineering and Infrastructure at Facebook, announced a number of OCP contributions and then handed the microphone to surprise guest Urs Hölzle, SVP for Technical Infrastructure at Google who announced Google's OCP membership while providing an overview of the company's history of efficiency. To find more details on the keynote, please see our wrap-up here.

Our Platinum and Gold sponsors led our executive tracks this year to help shed light on new, forward-thinking technology that will help shape the future of OCP. Facebook discussed optical standards for data centers with Google, Microsoft, and Equinix. Intel also shared how they're working to design next-generation data center storage with non-volatile memory express (NVMe). Schneider Electric shared how their data centers can still achieve Tier 3 redundancy, with further discussions on availability and flexibility implications. Sony's Horst Schellong gave an interesting talk about how optical technology is optimized for data archival. Finally, StackVelocity discussed cloud orchestration, validation, and deployment resources.

With over 50 sessions and presentations from over 25 companies, the engineering workshops were a huge hit. Attendees were able to participate in two-way discussions with Microsoft, Facebook, Accton, SK Telecom, HP Enterprise, Google, Canonical, Cumulus Networks, Quanta, Wiwynn, Sony, and more.

The expo hall was packed throughout Summit. We heard from several companies that elaborated on their experiences deploying OCP, including Schneider Electric, Penguin Computing, Quanta, Emerson, Cavium, AMAX, Inspur, and HGST. Check out the crowd for yourself here.

Thank you to all of the sponsors this year who contributed to making the event a huge success. Please keep an eye out on our website for details about OCP U.S. Summit 2017.

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OCP U.S. Summit 2016: Day 1 Keynote Wrap-up

Wednesday, March 09, 2016 · Posted by at 9:46 AM

Today we kicked off our seventh OCP U.S. Summit 2016 in San Jose. Industry leaders took the stage to discuss innovative ways to build infrastructure that's more efficient, flexible, and scalable to support growing technology demands from businesses.

Since it began five years ago, the Open Compute Project has grown to include hundreds of companies and thousands of participants. We've seen more than two dozen new contributions accepted by OCP just in the past year. New companies and industries are getting involved with OCP, and many were highlighted in today's keynote presentations.

Below is an overview of today's keynote presentations:

Jason Taylor, President and Chairman of the Open Compute Project, and VP of Infrastructure, Facebook welcomed an audience of more than 2,000 attendees and highlighted the continued growth of the OCP community. He went on to discuss the OCP momentum we've seen among large web companies, financial technology, and telecommunications companies, including our recent launch of the OCP Telco Project. He also highlighted the development of 19” OCP gear is one of the largest trends we should anticipate. And given the extraordinary growth in the networking industry over the past six years, he explained why it's worth taking note and preparing for a massive increase in bandwidth.

Jason Waxman, Corporate Vice President, Data Center Group, and GM Cloud Platforms Group, Intel took to the stage at OCP U.S. Summit 2016 to share Intel’s most recent contributions and collaborations with the Open Compute community. Jason discussed a number of advancements including a next-generation data center storage architecture that pools high-speed NVM Express™ solid-state drives to accelerate storage performance co-developed with Facebook, and a high-performance 16-Core Intel® Xeon® D system on a chip (SoC), originally optimized for Facebook’s workload requirements and now enabled in an OCP form factor design. He also highlighted industry collaboration showcasing Intel® Rack Scale Architecture managing OCP compliant hardware in the development of their products. To read Jason’s OCP keynote blog go to: https://communities.intel.com/community/itpeernetwork/datastack/blog/2016/03/09/open-innovation-for-cloud-workloads

Peter Winzer, Ph.D and Head of the Optical Transmissions Systems and Networks Research Department at Bell Labs shared insights around how innovation has evolved since the earlier years of Bell Labs, and he provided a strong foundation for how our telecom infrastructure operates today. He shared key insights about how the Nobel Prize in Physics winning “Transistor” was developed nearly 80 years ago and brought Silicon Valley to life by exhibiting a culture of openness amongst competitive telecommunications operators. This led to an overview of some of the more recent work he and his team conducted around the 100G field trial with Verizon, which proved that capacity limits of optical networks could be shattered to help meet exponential growth in traffic from 5G and the IoT. Looking ahead, the team will focus on facing challenges around the capacity crunch in optical networking.

Mark Russinovich, CTO of Azure, Microsoft spoke about the company’s open source journey of more than 10 years and the significant and growing contributions to open source projects ever since – particularly on Microsoft Azure. In describing why Microsoft is a member of OCP he stated, “It’s vital we do this to share the designs and technologies that power our own world-class cloud infrastructure, to enable an open, community-driven approach to innovation, and to help develop a robust ecosystem for the networking industry.” Mark also proposed a new innovation for OCP inclusion called Software for Open Networking in the Cloud (SONiC). True to its name, SONiC is about cloud speed and scale – and because it can easily extend with other open source, third party, or proprietary software components, it can ultimately speed up time to market and greatly improve datacenter efficiencies. To learn more about Microsoft’s history of contributions to OCP and this year’s innovation, click here: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/ocp-2016-building-on-community-driven-innovation/

Rachael King, Reporter at the Wall Street Journal moderated a panel of telecommunications leaders, including Ken Duell from AT&T, Mahmoud El-Assir from Verizon, Kangwon Lee from SK Telecom, and Daniel Brower from Deutsche Telekom to discuss some of the common infrastructure challenges related to shifting to 5G quickly without disrupting service. Overall, as telco operators are focused on shifting to “white box” switches and routers and virtualizing their networks, taking an open approach to infrastructure will make the transition to 5G more efficient and will accelerate the speed of delivery and configuration of networks.

Jay Parikh, VP of Engineering and Infrastructure at Facebook took the stage today to emphasize the importance of efficiency when it comes to OCP. He talked about Facebook's focus on NVM — non-volatile memory — to help increase storage capacity, and why we need to move fast in order to support tomorrow's innovations.

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Online Registration Extended Through March 8th!

Friday, March 04, 2016 · Posted by at 8:14 AM

We are pleased to announce that online registration for the upcoming OCP U.S. Summit 2016 will now be open through Tuesday, March 8th! Additionally, we are extending the regular registration price of $400 to ONSITE registrants as well - that's right, no increase to register at the Summit.

You have already seen our great lineup of speakers and we have now published the detailed agenda here. On that page you'll also see an overview of all Summit events.

And let's not forget about our OCP Hackathon! It is free to participate and you could win up to $10K! Registration is required and we are limited to 100 participants, so sign up today. PLEASE note that this does not include a ticket for the Summit.

Lastly, you'll get to see and hear from our exhibitors and sponsors - check them out at summit.opencompute.org

We hope to see you next week!

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The Open Compute Project (OCP) U.S. Summit 2016 event is just around the corner and there is a ton of excitement and energy going into schedule for next week.  We have a great keynote speaker lineup, amazing exhibit hall where members and sponsors will be showcasing their participation and contributions as well as a first rate engineering workshop featuring all nine OCP projects and a hardware hackathon.

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