Open Compute Project

OCP Engineering Workshop at LinuxCon Europe - Registration Open

Wednesday, October 09, 2013 · Posted by at 8:39 AM

REVISED SCHEDULE 21 Oct 2013

UPDATED 17 Oct 2013 - Schedule

UPDATED 15 Oct 2013 - Dates

Registration for the  Open Compute Project (OCP) Engineering Workshop which will be co-located with LinuxCon Europe will take place on Monday 21 October 2013 is now open!

To register for this event, visit https://ocp-eng-eu.eventbrite.com/.  The event is password protected;  to get the password, please contact me at akgraner@opencompute.org.

This workshop will focus on OCP Networking and Community building.

While this OCP Engineering Workshop will focus on Community and Networking, we also have time available to discuss the other projects within OCP and welcome your suggestions and submissions for presentation ideas.

Cole Crawford, Executive Director and Amber Graner, Community Manager for OCP will be leading this workshop.  Below is the tentative schedule. Please note this schedule subject to change and as presentations are scheduled I will be updating this information.

10:00 - 10:30: Cole Crawford - Welcome and Networking overview

10:30 - 11:30: Amber Graner - OCP Community Building

11:30 - 12:00: Will Mapp, Severgy


12:00 -1:00: Lunch


1:00 - 1:30: Michael Dimelow, ARM

1:30 - 2:00: Jeff Marcom, Canonical


2:00-3:00: Networking / Break


3:30 - 4:00: Andrea Gallo, Linaro

4:00 - 4:30: Discussion about OCP Europe Community Formation

4:30 - EOD: General Q&A; Wrap-up 

Sponsorship opportunities are still available for this event.  If you or your organization are interested in sponsoring this workshop please email Stephainie Loayza

Hotel and transportation information to this event can be found at: http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/linuxcon-europe/attend/hoteltravel

 

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Registration Opens for the OCP Engineering Workshop - Seoul Korea

Monday, October 21, 2013 · Posted by at 12:14 PM

Registration is now open for the Open Compute Project (OCP) Engineering Workshop Seoul Korea which will take place from 8am to 6pm at the Ritz Carlton Seoul on November 14, 2013.

To register for this event, visit https://ocp-eng-sk.eventbrite.com/.  The event is password protected;  to get the password, please contact John Kenevy at jkenevey@fb.com

This workshop and will be co-located with Korea Linux Forum.

While the exact schedule is not set the lineup of speakers so far is:

 

*   Dan Lee from Facebook, talk 'Facebook Prineville Data Center Evaporative Cooling - Methods, Costs and Efficiencies'.

*   Ko Ise from Datahotel, talk 'Building an OCP datacenter in Japan using snow cooling'.

*   Pierluigi Sarti, Facebook system architect 'Next generation of open rack moving to the disaggregated datacenter'.

*   Charlie Manese, OCP VP of business dev, 'OCP project update with a focus on Certification and Interoperability labs in Taiwan and USA'

*   John Kenevey, Facebook, OCP growth in the regions.

*   Along with speakers from the supply chain, local scale compute players and more

Register today!

Hotel and transportation information to this event can be found at: http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/korea-linux-forum/attend/hotel

More information about OCP and how you can participate can be found at: http://www.opencompute.org/

 

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OCP Engineering Workshop - UTSA, San Antonio - Now Open!

Thursday, October 24, 2013 · Posted by at 2:29 AM

Register Today!

Registration for the OCP Engineering Workshop which will take place at UTSA in San Antonio, Texas on November 13 is now open!

Please email Amber Graner for the password and then register here.

This workshop will be held at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA).

This workshop will focus on the OCP Compliance and Interoperability Project’s Ready and Certification process; however, all OCP projects have been invited to conduct sessions at this event as these projects touch and impact the technologies across the project teams.

As the schedule is formalized we will be updating both this blog post and the events page on the website. Below is a tentative generic schedule and as such subject to change.

Tentative Schedule

  • 8:00a-9:00a: Registration/Breakfast

  • 9:00a-10:30a: Welcome/Open Compute Project Foundation Update

  • 10:30a-12:00p: Working Project Group Breakouts

  • 12:00p-1:00p: Lunch

  • 1:00p-6:00p: Working Project Group Breakouts

See you in San Antonio! 

Venue/Hotel Information

Venue:

University of Texas at San Antonio

Hotel & Travel: TBD

 

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Are you in or near Seoul, Korea?  Are you already planning to attend the Linux Foundation's Korea Linux Forum event?  Are you interested in open hardware and the future of open data center design, management and more?  Do you want to know more about the Open Compute Project (OCP) and the success stories surrounding it?

If you answered, "yes", to one or more of these questions then join OCP in Seoul.

This is a one day event and onsite registraton will begin at 8am with the Engineering Workshop scheduled to take place from 9am to 6pm on Thursday, 14 November. It is free to the public; however, registration is required. Please email John Kenevy for the password and then register here.

While the exact speaker lineup is still being worked out; speakers for this event include:

  •  Dan Lee from Facebook, talk 'Facebook Prineville Data Center Evaporative Cooling - Methods, Costs and Efficiencies'.
  •  Tan Qing, 'Intel Silicon Photonics and its application for server disaggregation'.
  •  Ko Ise from Datahotel, talk 'Building an OCP datacenter in Japan using snow cooling'.
  •  Pierluigi Sarti, Facebook system architect 'Next generation of open rack moving to the disaggregated datacenter'.
  •  Charlie Manese, OCP VP of business dev, 'OCP project update with a focus on Certification and Interoperability labs in Taiwan and USA'.
  •  John Kenevey, Facebook, OCP growth in the regions. 
  •  Minchul Joo,  'Kakao’s infrastructure design and architecture with best practice.'
  •  Keunho Ryu, 'Naver Datacenter GAK' 

More information about this event can be found at: 

http://www.opencompute.org/community/events/ocp-engineering-workshop-linux-forum

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You're Invited: OCP Engineering Workshop at UTSA on 13 November

Friday, November 08, 2013 · Posted by at 11:30 AM

OCP will host an engineering workshop on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 from 8:00am-6:00pm at the San Antonio campus of the University of Texas. While this event is free and open to the public, registration is required. This is your invitation to join the OCP community and help drive the future of open hardware. Limited seating available, so register today!

Schedule

The day will kick off at 8:00am with on-site registration and at 9:00am the 'Opening Welcome' and 'General Session' starts.

While the schedule is still subject change we have an exciting lineup of speakers, tracks, and sessions. Tracks are focused on the OCP C&I, Networking and Storage projects. There are several hands on demo's scheduled as well.

Time Main Room Networking Storage C&I
8-9am Registration  -  -  -
9-11am

Welcome

  • Cole Crawford, Executive Director OCP
  • Frank Frankovsky, President, OCP Board

General Session

  • Lanham Napier, CEO Rackspace
  • Dr.’s Perry and Agrawal, UTSA
  • Alan Bennett, Lava Team Tech Lead, Linaro
  • David Duffy, Canonical - MAAS/Juju Demo
 -  -  -
11am-12pm

(1) - Update on CPU Agnostic Motherboard Reference Design

with RapidIO (Devashish Paul, Senior Product Manager, IDT)

(2) -  Facility Ops Maturity Model Document (Jason S. Schafer)

 

(1) - Network Project Intro by Najam;

Broadcom Contribution Walkthrough (Sujal Das)

 

 (1) - Compute Capable SSD

 

(1) - Intro: Project Mission

High Level Goals

Who's who - introductions

 

 
12 - 1pm Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
1 - 2pm  -  

(2) - Interface Masters OpenSwitch Demo

 

 

(2) - Using USB RAID-on-Chip For Hypervisor Boot Disk

 

 

 

(2) - Recap of key takeaways from last workshop OCP Ready / Checkbox status - with quick PXE boot demonstration

 

 
2 - 3pm  -  

(3) - Cumulus / ONIE Demo & Discussion (Curt Brune)

 

(3) - Review and work on the "Storage Use Case Document"

 

 

(3)  Update on OCP Certification Lab Taiwan / ITRI and UTSA OCP Certification Lab Tour

 

 

 
3 - 3:30pm Break Break Break Break
3:30 - 4:30pm -  

(4) - Mellanox Proposed Contribution Discussion (Amit Katz)

 

 

 

(4) - Hands-on lab on the Knox environment.

 

 

 

 

(4) OCP Certification / Moving Forward

 

 
4:30 - 5:30pm -

 

(5) - Discussion of Potential Linux Distro for Network Project

 

 - (5) -  Next Steps 
5:30 - 6pm  -

 

(6) - Discussion of Potential HAL / API for Network Project

 

 -

 

(6) - Getting the message out - Call to action.

  

 

Registration

A limited number of seats are still available and space is filling up quickly, so register today to reserve your seat.

If you would like to attend, please email Amber Graner for the password and then register here

 

Venue/Hotel Information

Venue:

University of Texas at San Antonio

* H-E-B University Center, 15 Paseo Principal, University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX 78249 (Ballrooms 1 & 2)

http://goo.gl/maps/3atpY

Hotels

The Westin La Cantera Hill Country Resort; $165 + tax/night - the $27 per night resort fee will be reduced to $10 - please book HERE by November 12

Four Points Sheraton; $95 + tax/night  - please book HERE by November 8

 

Sponsors

The Open Compute Project Foundation is proud to work with our sponsors.  Many "thanks" for all your continued support and participation!

Sponsors for this event include:

  rackspace2
servergy_logo_final-BLACK    

 

Sponsorship opportunities are still available for this and our 2014 events.  If you or your organization are interested in sponsoring an OCP Engineering Workshop please email Stephainie Loayza

More information about OCP and how you can participate can be found at: http://www.opencompute.org/

We look forward to seeing you at UTSA on Wednesday, November 13, 2013. 

 

 

 

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summit small 2013We are thrilled to announce that we've opened registration for the fifth Open Compute Summit, to be held January 28 - 29, 2014, at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, California. This event is open to the public, but it does require registration.

The Open Compute Project is just over two years old, and our community keeps growing, as do the summits. Starting with our 2012 summit in San Antonio, Texas, and continuing the tradition last year in Santa Clara, California, our summits are now fast-paced two-day conferences packed full of amazing success stories, hands-on participation opportunities, and more.

This event will host exciting keynote addresses from industry leaders, technical workshops, and educational tracks where you’ll have the opportunity to help drive the future of open hardware. For the second year in a row, we will also host a software and hardware hackathon at Summit, where anyone who’s interested will be able to hack their own OCP implementations. 

These amazing events are only possible through the generous donations of our sponsors. There are still sponsorship opportunities available for the summit. If your organization is interested in sponsorship opportunities at this summit or any of the 2014 engineering workshops, please email Stephanie Loayza, OCP Events Manager, for more information. Individual donations can also be made at the time of registration. 

For those who would like to know more about how to get involved in OCP before the summit, please contact Amber Graner, OCP Community Manager.

Wondering what you are missing by not attending the previous Open Compute Summits? Check out this video, and don’t forget to register today.

See you in San Jose!

 

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Registration for OCP Hack-a-thon III is Now Open

Monday, December 23, 2013 · Posted by at 12:14 PM

Calling all hackers -- you're invited! Have a great idea for innovating data center technologies or want to hack on hardware to seed your company? Then join us for our third hardware hack-a-thon at the upcoming Open Compute Summit, January 28 - 29, 2013 in San Jose, California. 

We will have cash prizes to help you seed your initial idea. In addition to the prize money, the Open Compute Foundation is partnering with a team of angel investors and venture capitalists who will work with you to formulate your initial idea into a business plan. 

Winners will present their hacks and receive their prizes on stage during OCP Summit V.

Starting today, you can register for the hack. Registering for the hack also registers you for the entire OCP summit, so you can register for both events at once. The summit and the hack are both being held at the San Jose Convention Center. Seating is limited to 200 people. Everyone who registers and participates in OCP Hack-a-thon III will receive a special OCP Hack-a-thon t-shirt. We ask that once you register for the hack, you participate in the entire hack, which will last 8-12 hours over the course of the two day summit.

OCP Hardware Hack III will consist of 2 tracks; the first track will encompass all active hardware projects under the open compute project; the second track is allows you to hack on hardware that is outside of the existing active OCP projects as an example at our last Hack-a-thon in June we had a team who defined and built an automative hack.  For this hack we will have prizes for the different tracks. 

What we will provide:

As in previous hacks we will provide a set of components and tools at the hack.  We encourage you to bring with you any tools (software or hardware) or componets that are necessary for your idea.

Things you and your organization will need to do prior to the Hack-a-thon:    

  • Determine what you want to accomplish during these 2 days.
  • Determine what additional tools and materials you will need to bring with you.
  • Work through the "ideation" (creative) process of your Hack.


More information on past hackathons can be found here.

To join the discussion on OCP hackthons, please take a moment and subscribe the OCP Hackathon mailing list.

Keep Calm and Hack on! See you in San Jose!

 

 

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Nominations for OCP Project Leads Now Open

Monday, January 06, 2014 · Posted by at 12:52 PM

When OCP was started, all the Project Committee Chairs (PCCS), aka Project Leads, were appointed by the OCP Board.  In 2014, OCP will focus on being an even more open, transparent and community lead project. As we begin this focus we do so by giving the community the opportunity to vote on its Project Leads.
Starting today, Monday 6 January through Monday 13 January 2014 project members can begin nominating candidates for the project lead positions.  Current project leads are eligible to run for these positions as well.
    
    

Nominations:

    
Individuals may be self-nominated or can be nominated by another project member.
    
Those who would like to run for the project lead position should do the following:
    
1. Make sure you have created a profile on the website and have signed the membership agreement. (If you belong to a member organization make sure you create your profile using your organizational email address)
To create a profile and sign the membership agreement go to www.opencompute.org.  In the upper right hand corner of the screen you will see 'Login/Create An Account' from there please follow the instructions.
    
2. Once you have ensured that you have created your account and sign the membership agreement (note that by creating this account you are agreeing to the terms and conditions in the membership agreement), email your name, the project lead position you are interested in, and a short bio (one paragraph), that explains a little bit about you, your interest in OCP, and your contribution to the project to Amber Graner, OCP Community Manager so she can organize the ballots and create the Election Wiki pages.
    
    

Voting:

In order to vote in these elections, you must go to the OCP website and create an account, by creating this profile you are signing the membership agreement.  If you belong to a member organization then please use your organizational email address.
    
    

Timeline:

  • 6 January 2014 - Call for nominations goes out
  • 13 January 2014 - Nomination Phase Closes
  • 21 January 2014 Voting Phase - members of the project can vote 
  • 24 January 2014 - Voting Phase closes
  • 27 January 2014 - New Project Leads Announced
  • 28 January 2014  - New Project Leads Assume responsibility of the projects (all pws and permissions are set)

 

If you are a member of the Facebook page and the various mailing lists you will still need to login and create your account to be eligible to both be nominated and to vote in this election. We want all active community members to be able to participate.  Please let Amber Graner know if you have any questions.

  

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Calling All Hackers - How does $10K sound to you?

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 · Posted by at 1:46 AM

Registration for OCP Hackathon III is now open and you’re invited to join us for our third hardware hackathon at the upcoming Open Compute Summit, January 28 - 29, 2013 in San Jose, California.

Do you have a great idea for innovating data center technologies? We are looking to give out over 10K in prize money to winners of this hackathon.

Registering for the hack also registers you for the entire OCP summit, so you can register for both events at once. The summit and the hack are both being held at the San Jose Convention Center. Seating is limited to 200 people. Everyone who registers and participates in OCP Hackathon III will receive a special OCP Hackathon t-shirt. We ask that once you register for the hack, you participate in the entire hack, which will last 8-12 hours over the course of the two day summit.

OCP Hardware Hack III will consist of 2 tracks; the first track will encompass all active hardware projects under the open compute project; the second track is allows you to hack on hardware that is outside of the existing active OCP projects as an example at our last Hackathon in June we had a team who defined and built an automative hack.  

What we will provide:

As in previous hacks we will provide a set of components and tools at the hack.  We encourage you to bring with you any tools (software or hardware) or components that are necessary for your idea.

Things you and your organization will need to do prior to the Hackathon:    

  • Determine what you want to accomplish during these 2 days.

  • Determine what additional tools and materials you will need to bring with you.

  • Work through the "ideation" (creative) process of your Hack.

 

More information on past hackathons can be found here.

To join the discussion on OCP hackthons, please take a moment and subscribe the OCP Hackathon mailing list.

 

Keep Calm and Hack on!  See you in San Jose!

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We are pleased to announce registration is now open for a 2-day Engineering Workshop and Hackathon in Macao, Special Administrative Region.

This event will take place on 5-6 March and will be co-located with Linaro Connect.

This is a free event and open to the public. If you would like to attend you can register here.

Please note that OCP Engineering Workshops are not open to media. If you're a reporter who has questions about OCP, please email press@opencompute.org

 

The goals of this Engineering Workshop include:

  • Increased community participation and stickiness. (Tiered Membership)
  • Increase the OCP technology portfolio; depth and breadth of specifications and charters.
  • Drive the product-ionization of OCP’s specifications.
  • Solidify specification versioning pipeline, release process, naming conventions.
  • Take into account/understand the suppliers needs and OCP partners needs
  • Implementation of OCP’s legal framework (New Hardware License)
  • Building out/addressing technologies for new sectors.

Call for participation:

Do you want to continue the discussions and progress from OCP Summit V? Are you currently part of an OCP Project?  Do plan on being in Macao?  Would you like to help lead the sessions and drive the discussion?  If so, please contact your project leads via your mailing lists and submit your ideas today.

 

The Tentative Agenda for both days is as follows:

Day 1:

8a-9a   Registration/Breakfast

9a-12p  Welcome/General Session  

12p-1p  Lunch

1p-5pTechnical Breakouts

1p-5p  Hackathon

 

Day 2:

8a-9a   Registration/Breakfast

9a-12p Technical Breakouts

9a- 12p Hackathon

12p-1p Lunch

1p-1:30p Closing session

Hackathon breakout after the welcome sessions.  This Hackathon is for those who just want to hack on OCP related hardware and software. Bring your ideas and your hardware, hang out with the OCP and ARM communities and hack away.

A more detailed schedule will be added over the next week.

 

Venue/Hotel Information

Venue:

Holiday Inn Macao, Cotai Central

At Sands Cotai Central,

Cotai Strip, Taipa, Macao SAR

Tel: 853 2828 2228

Hotel website

Travel Details: http://www.linaro.org/connect-lca14/travel-details

 

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OCP Day at Facebook Ireland

Monday, February 10, 2014 · Posted by at 10:37 AM

Registration is open and you're invited...

...to join members of the OCP Foundation and other organizations at Facebook Ireland.  We'll be on hand to guide you through getting involved with OCP on a personal and organizational level. If you missed OCP Summit V and want to know more about what OCP is all about and what the vision is in 2014 you'll want to meet us in Dublin. If you want to see an OCP based rack up close and personal then Dublin is the place where you want to be on 25 February, 2014. Want to get involved with OCP regional communities then come to Dublin. Have you ever wished could just "ASK OCP" a question then Dublin the place

Who: The public is invited but registration is required and seating is limited. Registration is now open.

When: Tuesday, February 25, 2015

Where: Facebook Ireland

            5-7 Hanover Reach
            Hanover Quay
            Dublin 2
            Republic of Ireland

Time: Doors open at 18:15 (6:15pm). The event will take place from 18:30 to 21:00 (6:30pm - 9:00pm).

Whether you have already contributed to OCP, wanting to get started in contribution or you are just curious as to how you or your organization can contribute this event is for you.

If you're in the UK and you want to know more about OCP then OCP Day at Facebook Ireland is the event for you and your organization!

Bring yourself, co-workers and your questions and join us in Dublin. Register today!

This is your invitation to join the OCP community and shape the future of hardware and data centers through open and transparent collaboration.

 

 

 

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Join us in Macau - OCP Workshop - Registration Open

Thursday, February 20, 2014 · Posted by at 9:36 AM

The Open Compute Project Foundation would like to extend an invitation to join us at our upcoming OCP Workshop which is being co-located with Linaro Connect on 5-6 March in Macau, SAR.

Learn about our membership, spec, and certification processes.  We'll have talks from some of our members about their contributions and you'll even get the opportunity to hack on LMP with members of Linaro!

Registration:

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is reguired.  To register for this event please click here.

Please note that OCP Engineering Workshops are not open to media. If you're a reporter who has questions about OCP, please email press@opencompute.org

Agenda:

While the full schedule of events is not set the following is a few of the topics which will be discussed. If you are planning on attending this event and would like to suggest a topic please email Amber Graner at: amber@opencompute.org.

  • Cole Crawford, Executive Director, OCP Foundation will also be giving a Linaro Keynote as part of Linaro Connect.
  • Presentation on the Microsoft Contribution to OCP - Sanjeev Khanna, Microsoft
  • OCP Certification Process - Hugh Blemmings, Director of Certification, OCP Foundation
  • Canonical Contributions to OCP and Demos - David Duffy, Server Partner Programme Manager, Canonical
  • Getting Involved in OCP - Process - Tiered Member - Amber Graner, Community Manager, OCP Foundation
  • How to Submit a Spec - Amber Graner, Community Manager, OCP Foundation
  • What is LMP? How can you help?  Hacking on LMP - Alan Bennett and Tyler Baker, Linaro LAVA Team
  • and more! 

5 March - Day 1:

Own On - Breakfast

7a-8:45a - Registration   

9a-10a - Keynotes (with Linaro)

10p-1p - Technical Breakouts

1p-2p - Lunch

2p-6p  Technical Breakouts/Hackathon

 

6 March - Day 2:

Own On - Breakfast

7a-8:45a - Registration   

9a-10a - Keynotes (with Linaro)

10p-1p - Technical Breakouts

1p-2p - Lunch

2p-3p - Wrap-up and Closing 


Venue/Hotel Information

Venue:

Holiday Inn Macao, Cotai Central

At Sands Cotai Central,

Cotai Strip, Taipa, Macao SAR

Tel: 853 2828 2228

Hotel website

Travel Details: http://www.linaro.org/connect-lca14/travel-details

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Call for nominations - OCP Incubation Committee 2014-2015 Term

Monday, March 10, 2014 · Posted by at 9:51 AM

Update:  The timelines and eligibilty requiments have been updated.

The Open Compute Project (OCP) Foundation is pleased to announce the call for nominations to serve on the 2014-2015 OCP Incubation Committee (IC). There are seven seats available for the OCP IC 2014-2015 term.

These seven seat correspond with the OCP Projects: 

  • Certification and Interoperability
  • Data Center
  • Hardware Management
  • Networking
  • Open Rack
  • Server
  • Storage

 

By participating as a member of the OCP IC you will be responsible for reviewing all contributions that are submitted to the OCP Foundation. You will work with both the project leads and the contributor to make sure all contributions are a fit for the goals and missions of the OCP Foundation.

This is an exciting opportunity to help shape the future of the OCP Foundation and it’s community while advancing the mission and goals of the Foundation.

Nomination Process

Eligibility: 

  • Individual must belong to an OCP Silver, Gold or Platinum Corporate Member organization.
  • If individual is participating on own then said individual must show sustained contribution and must be approved by the OCP Foundation as individual OCP Community Thought Leader.

Exceptions:

  • Silver Members can hold no more than 1 leadership position at any given point in time.
  • Gold Members can hold no more than 2 leadership positions at any given point in time.
  • Platinum Members can hold no more than 3 leadership positions at any given point in time.
  • No one person can hold more than one leadership position at any given point in time.

  (If an organizational member is nominated and this nomination would cause the organization to go over its membership level limit then that individual and organization will be contacted prior to the names being released)

Call for nominations ends at 11:59pm UTC on 28 March 2014.

APPLY TODAY!

Only submissions added to this webform will be accepted.  No personal emails will be accepted as eligible submissions. As the nominations are reviewed, nominees will be contacted by the OCP Community Manager make sure they would like to accept the nomination and to provide a short bio.

To nominate yourself or someone click here.

IC Positions

As noted above there are seven seats available on the IC.  To understand what is required of these positions please take a moment to review the roles and responsibilities of these positions.

  • Help shape new projects
    • Provide guidance and feedback to incubated projects
    • Proactively provide lightweight feedback
    • Ensure OCP principles are embodied in specifications
    • Ensure specifications contribute meaningful value
  • Vote on new specifications
  • Work with and encourage project chairs to bring new specs to IC
  • Ensure proper functionality of the IC
  • Participate in IC meetings (every six weeks)

 

Testimonial Phase

Eligibility: Any community member can add a positive endorsement to any nominee. During this phase of the election each nominee will have a page on the website which will include a picture, a bio and information on why they want to sit on the IC. This page is where the community will be allowed to endorse each nominee. While only Gold and Platinum members can vote on the nominees the testimonial phase is open to any member of the community. (Please note all comments will be moderated and only positive endorsements will be allowed. Any negative comments will be deleted.)

Voting Process

Eligibility: Only Gold and Platinum OCP Corporate Members and the OCP Foundation Board will be eligible to vote. Gold Members will be given 2 voting keys and Platinum Members will be given 3 voting keys.  Between now and 11 April 2014, the OCP Community Manager will be contacting the point of contact for each Gold and Platinum member to determine who from each organization will be sent keys.  Each key is tied to an email address and can not be shared.  

Timeline

Date

Action

10 March

Call for Nominations Opens

28 March

Call for Nominations Closes

31 March

Publish List of Eligible Nominees to Wiki and Website

31 March 

Testimonial Phase Starts

10 April

Testimonial Phase Ends

11 April

Voting Phase Starts

25 April

Voting Phase Ends

28 April

New IC Announced

 

If you have any questions please contact Amber Graner.

 

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Incubation Committee Election Process Extended

Monday, March 31, 2014 · Posted by at 9:37 AM

Timeline

We are extending the Incubation Committee (IC) process by two weeks and updating the time for each phase of the IC Election Process to the following:

  • 10 March 2014 - Call for Nominations Starts
  • 11 April 2014 - Call for Nominations Ends
  • 14 April 2014 - Publish list 
  • 14 April 2014 - Testimonial Phase Starts
  • 25 April 2014 - Testimonial Phase Ends
  • 28 April 2014 - Voting Phase Begins
  •  9 May 2014 - Voting Phase Ends
  • 12 May 2014 - New IC Announced


Who is eligible for nomination to the IC?

Any Silver, Gold, or Platinum OCP Corporate Member in good standing is eligible to be a member of the IC.

To nominate yourself or someone you know please click here.

Who is eligible to vote in the IC elections?

Any Gold or Platinum OCP Corporate Member in good standing. 

Why we are extending the process

We are in the final stages of rolling out our new tiered membership process and we don’t want to rush through the election process or miss any member organization who qualifies for nomination or a voting key.  We are in the process of checking the qualification contributions and will email all our members in the next two weeks.  We will keep the nomination phase open until all members have been contacted.

This also allows us to time both the Project Lead and IC Elections in such a way that these elections are always after the OCP Summit and do not conflict with one another.

Thank you so much for you patience and understanding.  We are working hard to include our members and community.  Stay tuned for more information on the election process and tiered membership throughout the coming weeks.

More information can be found at: http://www.opencompute.org/wiki/Governance

If you have any questions, please contact Amber Graner, OCP Community Manager.

 

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New members on the Open Compute Project Foundation team

Monday, April 21, 2014 · Posted by at 11:03 AM

We’re excited to welcome two new additions to the Open Compute Project Foundation staff: Stephanie Loayza and Hugh Blemings.

Stephanie Loayza, Events Manager

Stephanie has worked in the tech industry as an executive assistant for several years at companies such as Google and Facebook. One of the roles that an EA typically fulfills for her team is that of event planner, and the same was true when the Open Compute Project was first started at Facebook. After successfully planning several OCP Engineering Workshops and OCP Summits IV and V, she is extremely excited to continue that role directly for the foundation.

Hugh Blemings, Director of Certification

Hugh has been working on free software in a professional capacity since 1999. Before joining the Open Compute Project, Hugh was manager of software development at M5 Network Security, a division of Northrop Grumman. Prior to M5, Hugh was manager of hardware enablement at Canonical for several years. A long stint at IBM’s Linux Technology Centre / OzLabs doing Linux on Power and a period at Linuxcare in the early days rounds out his professional free software history.

Hugh is the co-author of “Practical Arduino” and has contributed to various free software and open hardware projects over the years, including “gnokii” and the Linux kernel. Hugh previously served on the Linux Foundation’s Technical Advisory Board and is in his second term as Vice President of Linux Australia. He remains of the view that any day that involves a soldering iron, an oscilloscope, emacs, and a compiler is likely a fun one.

Please join us in welcoming Stephanie and Hugh to our team, and keep an eye out for them at future OCP Engineering Workshops and Summits!

 

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Announcing the Newly Elected OCP Incubation Committee

Monday, June 30, 2014 · Posted by at 5:09 AM

The Foundation would like to express a sincere thank you to all those members of the OCP Incubation Committee (IC) who were appointed by the Foundation Board of Directors and served on the IC from it’s inception.  These early pioneers and supporters of the project have built the groundwork for how we review and adopt all the amazing contributions our community gives us.

Our thanks and appreciation also go to all those who participated by running for an IC seat. This election is another important milestone in the transition to a peer elected leadership format which is a core tenant of the Open Compute Project.

There were seven OCP IC seats open for this round of elections. The Chair and Vice-Chair positions remain appointed by the board.  Only 2 of the 7 seats required a vote for this election: Hardware Management and Networking.  The results of those votes were as follows:

HARDWARE MANAGEMENT:

Chilung Wang will replace Stephen Rousset

NETWORKING:

Kushagra Vaid will replace Lakshmi Mandyam


Please join the Foundation in welcoming the 2014-2015 OCP IC Members.

 

The IC meets every six weeks to review and vote on new contributions to the Foundation. It helps shape new projects by working closely with the OCP Project Chairs to provide guidance and feedback on all hardware and software contributions to the Foundation.

Upcoming elections - Project Leads

On July 7th we will open up the nomination phase for the Project Leads.  If you or your organization are interested in participating in this election and want to know more about Tiered Membership or the election process, please let us know.

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Join us; registration is now open for a 1-day OCP Engineering Workshop which will take place on 21 July at the University of New Hampshire.

This is a free event and open to the public; however, registration is required. If you would like to attend you can register here.

This Engineering Workshop will focus on the OCP Networking, Storage and HPC projects.  The OCP High Performance Computing (HPC) project will be Foundations newest project and at this event we’ll introduce the project as well as discuss the charter, mission and framework. If you are looking to participate and help drive the future of the OCP Networking, Storage or HPC groups, then the University of New Hampshire is where you need to be on 21 July.  The agenda is still being finalized, but the day will be structured as listed below.  Updates will be posted on the event page so please check back often.

Tentative Agenda

  • 8-9am Registration
  • 9-9:15am - Welcome
  • 9:15 - 12noon - Keynote and joint presentations
  • 12noon - 1pm - Lunch
  • 1pm - 6pm  Breakout sessions (Networking, HPC, Storage)

 

A suggested list of hotels and airports can be found here.

Sponsors

These events are only possible with the help of our sponsors and as such the Foundation would like to thank Fidelity Investments and The University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory co-sponsors this event.

Join the discussion!

Do you have a topic, specification, or contribution you or your organization would like to see discussed during this event?  OCP values the community's feedback! Take a moment tell the projects what you want to know more about.  You can send an email to the Networking, HPC, or Storage mailing lists.  If you want to know more about getting involved with OCP,  please contact Amber Graner.

See you in New Hampshire! Don’t forget register today!

(Please note that OCP Engineering Workshops are not open to media. If you're a reporter who has questions about OCP, please email press@opencompute.org)

 

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Starting today, Monday 7 July through Friday 18 July 2014, OCP project members can begin nominating candidates for the project lead positions.  Current project leads are eligible to run for these positions as well.

Seats Available:

  • Compliance and Interoperability
  • Data Center
  • Hardware Management
  • High-Performance Computing (HPC)
  • Open Rack
  • Networking
  • Server
  • Storage

 

Term:

1 year - Project Leads will serve from August 2014 to August 2015.

Nominations:

Individuals may be self-nominated or can be nominated by another project member.

Those who would like to run for the project lead position should do the following:

1. Make sure you have created a profile on the website and have signed the membership agreement.(If you belong to a member organization make sure you create your profile using your organizational email address)

To create a profile and sign the membership agreement go to www.opencompute.org.  In the upper right hand corner of the screen you will see 'Login/Create An Account' from there please follow the instructions.

2. Once you have created your account and signed the membership agreement (note that by creating this account you are agreeing to the terms and conditions in the membership agreement). If you belong to a corporate member organization, please note that your corporate membership takes precedence over the individual agreement. Click here to nominate yourself or someone you know. Membership status will be verified.  If any issues are found with your nomination an email will be sent before 21 July.

Voting:

In order to vote in these elections, you must go to the OCP website and create an account, by creating this profile you are signing the membership agreement.  If you belong to a member organization then please use your organizational email address. Please note that your corporate membership takes precedence over the individual agreement.

Timeline:

  • 7 July 2014 - Call for Nominations Starts
  • 18 July 2014 - Call for Nominations Ends
  • 21 July 2014 - Publish list 
  • 22 July 2014 -  Testimonial Phase Starts
  • 5 August 2014 - Testimonial Phase Ends
  • 6 August 2014  - Voting Phase Begins
  • 21 August 2014 - Voting Phase Ends
  • 22 August 2014 - New Leads Announced

 

If you are a member of the Facebook page and the various mailing lists you will still need to login and create your account to be eligible to both nominate and to vote in this election. We want all active community members to be able to participate.  

More information on the election process can be found here.

Please let us know if you have any questions.

 

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The OCP Foundation is pleased to announce the dates for our first international Summit on Thursday, October 30 and Friday, October 31, 2014 at the École Polytechnique in Paris France. Registration is now open!

We have seen enormous growth throughout the project after our last summit in Jan ‘14 .  In addition to our Japan and Taiwan chapters we will be adding localized chapters in Europe, Australia/New Zealand and UAE. The Foundation is also fielding inquiries to add more local chapters throughout the world. The Foundation has added another top level project which brings the total number of chartered projects to 8!

Projects:

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We also want to take this time to inform everyone on the type of events we run and sponsor.  They are outlined below:

  • Summits:  2 day event, 2 per year - The OCP Foundation hosts annual summits where the community meets and discusses the latest developments with OCP. Summits offer a chance to hear from speakers and panels, get the latest announcements, view demonstrations, visit booths, and network with others in the community. We will host one US summit and  one international summit yearly. These events are free to the public, but do require registration. Attending an OCP Summit counts toward your OCP Tiered Membership time requirement. Silver, Gold and Platinum OCP Members will be given discounts on their summit sponsorships.

  • OCP Engineering Workshops:  1 to 1.5 day event, up to 7 per year - The Open Compute Project Foundation hosts a series of engineering workshops each year to build the community by bringing the various OCP projects together to discuss how to increased community participation and stickiness, increase the OCP technology portfolio in depth and breadth of specifications and charters, drive the product-ionization of OCP’s specifications, solidify specification versioning pipeline, release process, naming conventions, take into account/understand the suppliers needs and OCP partners needs, implementation of OCP’s legal framework (CLA’s, OCPHL’s) as well as building out/addressing technologies for new sectors. This workshops are designed to encourage, empower, and inspire the OCP community to communicate, collaborate and contribute! These events are free to the public, but do require registration. Attending an OCP Engineering Workshop counts toward your OCP Tiered Membership time requirement. Those organizations who sponsor an OCP Engineering Workshop will be credited with a percentage of their sponsorship toward their tiered membership money requirement.
  • OCP Community Building: ½ day event, varies per year -  The Open Compute Project Foundation host community building days prior to the launch of a regional community.  These events bring together organizations who are interested in becoming OCP Members and driving a localized chapter.  Discussed at these events are how to get involved in OCP, Tiered Membership, OCPHL’s, spec submissions, certification process and more. These events are free to the public, but do require registration. Attending an OCP Community building counts toward your OCP Tiered Membership time requirement. Those organizations who sponsor an OCP Engineering Workshop will be credited with a percentage of their sponsorship toward their tiered membership money requirement.

  • OCP Meetups:  1 to 3 hours, varies per year - These are informal meetings which can be organized by a community member or project lead.  While technical topics may be discussed, these do not take the place of an engineering workshop are meant to bring the community together in a smaller geographical region. Those attending meetups should not need airfare or hotel rooms to attend.  Attending a community organized meetup does not count toward tiered membership.

  • OCP On the Road:  Varies by event and per year - These are industry events that OCP Foundation Members will be attending and participating by either speaking or staffing a booth. These events will give the community the opportunity to meet and discuss OCP related topics with various OCP Members.  If OCP members are attending an industry event and speaking about their relationship with OCP, contributions to OCP, or helping to staff a booth with OCP credit will be given toward their tiered membership time requirements. In order to receive this credit member organizations will need to let us know at least 2 weeks before the event.

OCP is a community driven project and as such we are always looking for opportunities to bring the community together. None of these events would be possible without you!

We would like to thank each and everyone of you for your continued support as we continue to add engagement opportunities.

Save the Date:

Below is a list of events that we are currently planning for in 2014.

If you or your organization is interested in sponsorship opportunities for any of these events please contact Stephanie Loayza.  If you have topic ideas or want to present at any of these events please contact Amber Graner.

Get Involved

The OCP Foundation has many ways for individuals and organizations to participate in OCP; online project meetings, OCP events, submit a spec, review a spec, read our blog, join our Facebook group, add us to your G+ circles, follow us on Twitter, join our mailings and much more. To find out more about getting involved in OCP, click here.

We hope to see you at the first OCP European Summit on 30-31 October at École Polytechnique. Don’t forget, register today!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Project Lead Elections: Testimonial Phase Begins

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 · Posted by at 5:56 AM

The Testimonial Phase of the OCP Project Lead elections is now open and the Foundation would like to thank all the nominees who have agreed to run for these seats.

Leadership of an OCP project is, by far, one of the most important volunteer roles within the OCP ecosystem.

The role of an OCP Project Lead includes (but not limited to):

  • facilitate discussions, both online and in-person, that empower and encourage project participants to communicate, collaborate, and contribute to OCP in an open and transparent manner;
  • support the direction of the Foundation by effectively communicating those goals to their projects through the OCP mailing lists, monthly calls, OCP events and various other tools;
  • drive communication between their projects and the Foundation;
  • work closely with the Foundation to grow the reach of their respective projects and that of the OCP ecosystem;
  • focus on the needs of the project participants, the projects goals, and the OCP Foundation’s goals and philosophies.  

 

In addition the Project Leads must be able to infuse their project with the following traits:

  • strong community leadership
  • world wide collaboration
  • inclusive vs exclusive approach
  • technical excellence
  • focus on innovation

 

As we enter the testimonial phase of this election, we are pleased to announce the following members of our community which have been nominated for the 8 Project Lead seats. All but one project seat is running unopposed.

The following project nominees are running unopposed:

  • C&I - YF Juan (ITRI)
  • Data Center - Jason Schafer (Prompt Critical Group)
  • Hardware Management - Co-leads - Rajeev Agrawala (Goldman Sachs) and Badriddine Khessib (Microsoft)
  • Networking - Co-leads - Omar Baldonado (Facebook) and Carlos Cardenas (UTSA)
  • Open Rack - Co-leads - Co-leads - Steve Mills (Facebook) and Brian Obernesser (Fidelity)
  • Server - Co-leads - Mark Shaw (Microsoft) and John Stuewe (Dell)
  • Storage - Asghar Riahi (Seagate)

 

 The following project will require a vote:

 

Starting today through August 5th you will be able to add a testimonial for your support of the various nominees.  Voting for the HPC seat will begin on August 6th and end on August 21st.  The results of the poll will be announced on August 22nd.

More information about our governance process can be found here.

Again, the Foundation would like to thank all of those who have been nominated.  None of our successes would be possible without the support and participation of you and your organizations.

Get Involved

The OCP Foundation has many ways for individuals and organizations to participate in OCP; online project meetings, OCP events, submit a spec, review a spec, read our blog, join our Facebook group, add us to your G+ circles, follow us on Twitter, join our mailings and much more. To find out more about getting involved in OCP, click here.

 

 

 

 

 

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OCP Project Lead Elections: Voting Phase Begins

Wednesday, August 06, 2014 · Posted by at 4:58 AM

The voting phase for the 2014-2015 Project Lead elections will start on 7 August and remain open until 21 August.

Of the 8 OCP Projects only the HPC Project will require a vote.  The two candidates for this seat are:

 

The winner of this vote will join the following nominees to make up the 2014-2015 Project Leads Group.

    • C&I - YF Juan (ITRI)
    • Data Center - Jason Schafer (Prompt Critical Group)
    • Hardware Management - Co-leads - Rajeev Agrawala (Goldman Sachs) and Badriddine Khessib (Microsoft)
    • Networking - Co-leads - Omar Baldonado (Facebook) and Carlos Cardenas (UTSA)
    • Open Rack - Co-leads - Co-leads - Steve Mills (Facebook) and Brian Obernesser (Fidelity)
    • Server - Co-leads - Mark Shaw (Microsoft) and John Stuewe (Dell)
    • Storage - Asghar Riahi (Seagate)

 

One of the most important volunteer roles we have in the OCP community is that of the Project Lead and we thank all the past, current and future project leads for their willingness to encourage, empower, and inspire the OCP project communities to communicate, collaborate and contribute!

Who is eligible to vote?

Any OCP member (individual or corporate) who has created a profile on the website can vote.  By creating a profile on the website you are signing the individual membership agreement. If you belong to a corporate member organization please use your organizational email address. Please note that your corporate organizational membership will take precedence over the individual one. No one organization can have more than 10% of the total vote. If an organization has more than 10% it will be notified and the point of contact for that organization will be asked to choose who from the list will be sent keys.  Anyone not receiving a key will be sent an explanation as to why.

How do I vote?

OCP Community Manager, Amber Graner, will pull the list of eligible emails no later than noon (Central Time) on 7 August.  Once the list is pulled no other voters can be added to the list. Voters will receive an email which will guide them through how to vote.  

What is the voting tool that is used?

We use the Condercet Internet Voting Service (CIVS) which was developed by Cornell University. CIVS is a free Internet voting service that makes it easy to conduct polls. Each voter ranks a set of possible choices. Individual voter rankings are combined into an anonymous overall ranking of the choices.

More information about our governance process can be found here.

Again, the Foundation would like to thank all of those who have been nominated.  None of our successes would be possible without the support and participation of you and your organizations.

Get Involved

The OCP Foundation has many ways for individuals and organizations to participate in OCP; online project meetings, OCP events, submit a spec, review a spec, read our blog, join our Facebook group, add us to your G+ circles, follow us on Twitter, join our mailings and much more. To find out more about getting involved in OCP, click here.




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Call for Participation - OCP European Summit 2014

Friday, August 22, 2014 · Posted by at 2:57 AM

The Foundation is holding its first European Summit at  École Polytechnique in Paris, France on 30-31 October 2014.

Attendees to the OCP summits come from the technology, finance, government, and consulting sectors and represent a wide audience from engineers to senior executives.

Do you want to help shape the future of OCP and influence the next generation data center? If so, we have the following opportunities for participation available:

  • Keynotes - sponsorship restrictions apply  - must submit abstract by October 1st, 2014
  • Executive Sessions - must submit abstract by October 1st, 2014
  • Engineering Workshop Sessions - must submit request by October 1st, 2014. These requests will be submitted to the OCP Project leads to make the final determination. Tracks for for the Engineering Workshop include:
    • Certification
    • Data Center
    • Hardware Management
    • HPC
    • Networking
    • Open Rack
    • Server
    • Storage
  • Sponsors (Exhibitors)  - See sponsorship opportunities and sponsorship agreement PDFs.

 

If you would like to participate in any of the above listed areas for the 2014 OCP European Summit please take a moment to fill out the webform. 

 

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OCP HPC Seat - Run-Off Vote

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 · Posted by at 9:25 AM

The vote for the OCP HPC project lead seat resulted in a tie between Devashish Paul of IDT and Thomas Sohmers of Rex Computing.

The Foundation sent out 395 keys and of those 50 people voted.  Both Devashish and Thomas received 25 votes each.

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Because this vote resulted in a tie, the Foundation will open a run-off poll starting at noon CT on Tuesday, 26 August.  The run-off poll will remain open until noon on Friday, 29 August.  We will email the 395 people who received keys in the original poll today and let them know about the run-off poll. On Tuesday, 26 August the keys will be resent.

At this time, no new keys will be added.  If you did not get your profile added before the cut-off for the first poll, you will not be eligible to vote in this poll.

We will announce the winners by 5pm CT on Friday, 29 August.

Many thanks and best of luck to both Devashish and Thomas in this OCP HPC run-off election.

 

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Announcing the 2014-2015 OCP Project Leads

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 · Posted by at 8:56 AM

The Foundation would like to announce that Devashish Paul of IDT and Thomas Sohmers of Rex Computing have agreed to co-lead the newly formed OCP HPC Project. The run-off poll that was issued on 26 August is now closed.

We would like to thank all those who voted in the first election as well as those who have already cast their votes in the run-off poll.  

The new 2014-2015 OCP Project Leads are:

  • Certification - YF Juan (ITRI)
  • Data Center - Jason Schafer (Prompt Critical Group)
  • Hardware Management - Co-leads - Rajeev Agrawala (Goldman Sachs) and Badriddine Khessib (Microsoft)
  • HPC - Devashish Paul (IDT) and Thomas Sohmer (Rex Computing)
  • Networking - Co-leads - Omar Baldonado (Facebook) and Carlos Cardenas (UTSA)
  • Open Rack - Co-leads - Co-leads - Steve Mills (Facebook) and Brian Obernesser (Fidelity)
  • Server - Co-leads - Mark Shaw (Microsoft) and John Stuewe (Dell)
  • Storage - Asghar Riahi (Seagate)

 

These new OCP project leads will fill one of the most important volunteer roles we have in the OCP community and we thank all the past, current project leads for their willingness to encourage, empower, and inspire the OCP project communities to communicate, collaborate and contribute!

Again, congratulations and thank you to everyone for your continued support and participation in OCP.

Get Involved:  

Please join us at the OCP Engineering Workshops in Shanghai, China and Tokyo, Japan in September.  Registration and Call for Participation for the OCP European Summit in October is also open.

To find out more about getting involved in OCP, please click here.

 

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Kushagra Vaid of Microsoft to Keynote OCP European Summit 2014

Friday, October 10, 2014 · Posted by at 1:09 AM

kvaid portrait 2The OCP Foundation is pleased to announce Kushagra Vaid of Microsoft as one of our featured keynote speakers for the OCP European Summit 2014.

Kushagra was one of our featured speakers at the OCP Summit in San Jose earlier this year and we are pleased to welcome him back to our main stage.

Kushagra is the General Manager for Server Engineering in Microsoft’s Cloud & Enterprise division. He is responsible for driving hardware R&D, engineering designs, deployments and support for Microsoft’s cloud scale services (such as Bing, Azure, Office 365, and others) across a global datacenter footprint. The engineering effort also includes development for the OpenCloud Server (OCS) specification that was contributed by Microsoft to OCP in January 2014.

Kushagra joined Microsoft in 2007 as Principal Architect working on improving performance/power efficiency for large cloud services, and contributed to the development of standardized energy efficiency benchmarks at SPEC and TPC industry forums. He was also responsible for driving Microsoft’s datacenter hardware strategy and cloud optimized server designs working closely with the broader hardware industry. Prior to Microsoft, Kushagra was a Principal Engineer at Intel where his responsibilities included driving the technology direction for Intel’s Xeon microprocessors and platforms. He started his career as a CPU design engineer and architected several enterprise class CPUs and platforms for over a decade at Intel.

Kushagra has published several papers in international research conferences, and is also the holder of over 25 patents in the field of computer architecture and datacenter design. He is a featured speaker in industry conferences on cloud services, hardware engineering and datacenter architecture.

Registration for the OCP European Summit 2014 is free and open to the public; however, registration is required attend. Those who wish to attend can register here.

The OCP European Summit 2014 will be held at  École Polytechnique in Paris, France on 30-31 October. More information can be found at summit.opencompute.org

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Billy Cox of Intel to Keynote OCP European Summit 2014

Friday, October 10, 2014 · Posted by at 1:15 AM


The OCP Foundation is pleased to announce Billy Cox of Intel as one of our featured keynote speakers for the OCP European Summit 2014.

Billy is leading a business group delivering innovative software products ranging from using the platform capabilities to implement a service level objective (SAA), to software for the next generation server platform (rack scale architecture), and software to implement the next generation of data centers: Software Defined Infrastructure. In this role, Billy leads teams that implement innovative business and technology development methods to aggressively pursue opportunities in the technology and market.

Prior to his current role, Billy led the Cloud software strategy efforts. In leading the cloud software activities at Intel, Billy helped found and co-chair the DMTF Cloud Incubator (now the CMWG), works actively with the visible and emerging cloud sw ecosystem.

Prior to joining Intel, Billy was Director of Systems Engineering at HP. During his 14 years at HP, he was responsible for the development of all infrastructure management tools used to manage the various server and storage platforms. In his 30+ years of industry experience, Billy has led the design of compute, network, and storage solutions and actively participated in multiple standards efforts.

Registration for the OCP European Summit 2014 is free and open to the public; however, registration is required attend. Those who wish to attend can here.

The OCP European Summit 2014 will be held at  École Polytechnique in Paris, France on 30-31 October. More information can be found at summit.opencompute.org

 

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Olof Barring of CERN to Keynote OCP European Summit 2014

Friday, October 10, 2014 · Posted by at 1:26 AM

The OCP Foundation is pleased to announce Olof Barring of CERN as one of our featured keynote speakers for the OCP European Summit 2014.

Olof Bärring came to CERN in 1987 as a PhD student working on the DELPHI experiment. After completing his PhD in Particle Physics at the Lund University (Sweden) in 1993, Olof continued to work as a scientist at the DELPHI experiment for a few years. In 1997 he joined the CERN IT department where he has been working since then in different roles ranging from system programmer of tape and mass storage systems, work package leader in EC co-funded projects and leader of IT service management teams. Since 2010 Olof is deputy group leader of the Computing Facilities group and also leader of the Facility Planning and Procurement (FPP) section that is technical responsible for the procurement of servers and storage for the CERN IT data centres.

Registration for the OCP European Summit 2014 is free and open to the public; however, registration is required attend. Those who wish to attend can here.

The OCP European Summit 2014 will be held at  École Polytechnique in Paris, France on 30-31 October. More information can be found at summit.opencompute.org

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Mark Shuttleworth of Canonical to Keynote OCP European Summit 2014

Thursday, October 16, 2014 · Posted by at 10:40 AM

Mark Shuttleworth 2The OCP Foundation is pleased to announce Mark Shuttleworth of Canonical as one of our featured keynote speakers for the OCP European Summit 2014.

Mark is the founder of Ubuntu, a popular open source operating system for smartphones, desktops and servers. Ubuntu is beautiful, easy to use and precision engineered for consumers and large-scale enterprise deployments alike. It has been adopted by an amazing number of people, from families that just want a PC that works for safe web surfing, to heavy industry, massive cloud computing environments, supercomputers, several armies, national police forces, banks and schools in the Amazon.

Mark leads product strategy and design at Canonical, which sells commercial support for Ubuntu, mainly to large enterprises and governments who deploy it professionally. Canonical also builds many of the unique elements of Ubuntu for desktop, cloud and server deployments. Mark champions design-driven development and has a focus on quality and cadence in the engineering work done at Canonical.

After graduating from the University of Cape Town with a degree in finance and information technology, Mark founded Thawte, a company specialising in digital certificates and cryptography. When Thawte was acquired in 1999 by VeriSign, and he founded HBD, an investment company, and set up the Shuttleworth Foundation, which funds innovative change in society by supporting Fellows and investing in their projects. He moved to London in 2001, and began preparing for the First African in Space mission, training in Star City, Russia, and Kazakhstan. In April 2002 he flew in space, as a cosmonaut member of the crew of Soyuz mission TM34 to the International Space Station. After a tour of schools in South Africa promoting science and mathematics for aspiring astronauts he started work on Ubuntu.

Registration for the OCP European Summit 2014 is free and open to the public; however, registration is required attend. Those who wish to attend can here.

The OCP European Summit 2014 will be held at  École Polytechnique in Paris, France on 30-31 October. More information can be found at summit.opencompute.org

 

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Aaron Sullivan of Rackspace to Keynote OCP European Summit 2014

Monday, October 20, 2014 · Posted by at 10:36 AM

sullivan aaron 02The OCP Foundation is pleased to announce Aaron Sullivan of Rackspace as one of our featured keynote speakers for the OCP European Summit 2014.

Aaron Sullivan is a Distinguished Engineer at Rackspace, focused on infrastructure strategy.  He has been at Rackspace since its start with Open Compute.  He became formally involved in late 2012.  He is Rackspace’s lead architect for the company’s OCP initiatives and platform designs.  Aaron has been serving as an incubation committee member since early 2012, and sponsors the C&I project.  He supported the C&I workgroup team as they built & submitted their first test specifications.  He has also spent some time working with the OCP Foundation as regards updated licensing and other strategic initiatives.

Aaron joined Rackspace's Product Development organization in late 2008.  He moved to Rackspace’s Supply Chain organization in 2010.  He became a Principal Engineer during 2011, a Director in 2012, and a Distinguished Engineer in 2014.

Aaron previously spent time at GE, SBC, and AT&T.  Over the past 16 years, his work has emphasized a variety of technologies, including security, networking, IP telephony, IPTV, distributed systems, storage, and performance research. He also worked on managed-services-oriented MPLS implementations at SBC.  He worked within the engineering group that delivered AT&T’s U-Verse IPTV service, on a nation-wide VPLS network spanning 65 datacenters and much of the continental US.

Registration for the OCP European Summit 2014 is free and open to the public; however, registration is required attend. Those who wish to attend can here.

The OCP European Summit 2014 will be held at  École Polytechnique in Paris, France on 30-31 October. More information can be found at summit.opencompute.org

 

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Screen Shot 2014 10 21 at 10.39.43 AMThe OCP Foundation is pleased to announce Philippe Dewost of Caisse des Dépôts as one of our featured keynote speakers for the OCP European Summit 2014.

Philippe Dewost is an executive with a dual corporate & startup track in high tech and telecom, and has been recognized over the past 15 years as an innovation driven, game changing, and inspiring leader.  As Wanadoo co-founder, he helped build Europe’s #1 ISP, held senior marketing and business positions in european startups, relaunched Orange France Telecom’s home devices business successfully, and ran a Cambridge (UK) imaging startup that was acquired by Apple in 2010.

Philippe Dewost joined Caisse des Dépôts in 2011 to drive a 4.25 Bn€ public funding effort in France’s Digital Economy, as part of the «Investment for the Future» program launched by the Government in 2010. This effort covered both infrastructure (FTTH, broadband) as well as R&D (Nanotechnologies, e-Health, e- Education, Big Data...) and financing companies in the sector from startups to industrial projects, like Cloudwatt where he serves as a Board Member.

During the first half of 2013, Philippe lead a Caisse des Dépôts Team mandated by France’s Prime Minister to elaborate recommendations for French Digital ecosystems. The report was downloaded more than 10.000 times and gave birth to La French Tech initiative announced by Minister Fleur Pellerin on January 29th 2014 with €215 M of public funding – http://en.lafrenchtech.com Philippe is also advising Caisse des Dépôts Executive Committee on its Digital Transformation.

Philippe is a seasoned bilingual keynote speaker, has served on several startup boards, and advised senior executives on their consumer cloud strategies. A graduate in Physics from Normale Sup and in Telecommunications from Telecom ParisTech, he holds a MBA from College des Ingénieurs. He currently lives in Paris with his wife and their four children.

Registration for the OCP European Summit 2014 is free and open to the public; however, registration is required attend. Those who wish to attend can here.

The OCP European Summit 2014 will be held at  École Polytechnique in Paris, France on 30-31 October. More information can be found at summit.opencompute.org

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Schedule, Speakers, and Sponsors - 2014 OCP European Summit

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 · Posted by at 3:26 AM

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The OCP European Summit 2014 is set to kick off on Thursday, 30 October at École Polytechnique outside of Paris, France. This 2-day event has a full lineup of industry leaders across the hardware ecosystem.

Our exciting list of keynote speakers include Olof Barring of CERN, Billy Cox of Intel, Mark Shuttleworth of Canonical, Aaron Sullivan of Rackspace, Kushagra Vaid of Microsoft, and Philippe Dewost of Caisse des Dépôts.

This summit we have what are calling our “Give and Get” track.  This is where our community can discuss their contributions to the Foundation (Give) and/or what they hope the impact will be to participating in OCP (Get).  In these tracks we have presentations from StackVelocity, Telecity Group France, Enter, Microsoft and Cumulus Networks.

If you are interested in participating in one of the many OCP Projects, we will have the following represented in our Engineering Workshops: Data Center, Hardware Management, HPC, Networking, Open Rack, Server, and Storage.  We are also inviting Telcos and those working in that space to join us in Paris for the first meeting of the OCP Telco Working Group.

OCP events are only possible through the generosity of our sponsors and community.  The Foundation would like to thank the follow sponsors for making the 2014 OCP European Summit possible:  Intel, Microsoft, Western Digital, HP, Stack Velocity, Hyve Solutions, Schneider Electric, Wiwynn, Splitted Desktop, Cumulus Networks, Goldman Sachs, Paris-Saclay and Inria.

The full OCP European Summit 2014 schedule can be found here.  Please note we are updating this schedule daily so check back often to see what has been added.

Registration for the OCP European Summit 2014 is free and open to the public; however, registration is required attend. Those who wish to attend can here.

The OCP European Summit 2014 will be held at  École Polytechnique in Paris, France on 30-31 October. More information can be found at summit.opencompute.org

More about OCP and how you can get involved can be found here.

We look forward to seeing you in Paris!



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OCP European Summit Hackathon 2014

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 · Posted by at 8:02 AM

The Foundation would like to thank Goldman Sachs for sponsoring the 2014 OCP European Summit Hackathon.

The winner or winning team from this Hackathon will be given a $5000 cash prize.

If you are attending the OCP European Summit and would like to participate in the Hackathon please let the registration staff know when you pick up your badge.

The Hackathon will take place in the Cafeteria at École Polytechnique and is scheduled to start after the Keynote talks at 11:00 on 30 October and will remain open until 14:00 on 31 October.  Winners will be announced at 14:30 on 31 October as part of the Closing Remarks.

Online registration is now closed; however, onsite registration is still available. 

If you are unable to attend the 2014 OCP European Summit the Keynote and Give and Get talks will be live streamed here.

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Registration now Open for the Open Compute Project U.S. Summit 2015

Friday, January 09, 2015 · Posted by at 11:16 AM

We are excited to announce that we've opened registration for the Open Compute Project (OCP) U.S. Summit 2015, which will be held on 10-11 March at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, California. This event is free and open to the public, but it does require registration.

New this year is a full day of OCP Engineering Workshops that will be held the day before 2015 OCP US Summit at the same venue. This additional event is reflected in the registration options.  

The Open Compute Project is just over three years old, and throughout this past year we have seen an acceleration in the growth of our community with the addition of a new OCP project group, an additional summit, OCP Days and new Foundation staff.  Our summits are two-day conferences packed full of amazing success stories, hands-on participation opportunities, learning experiences and more.

This event will host exciting keynote addresses from industry leaders, technical workshops, and educational tracks where you’ll have the opportunity to help drive the future of open hardware. For the third year in a row, we will also host a software and hardware hackathon at Summit, where anyone who’s interested will be able to hack their own OCP implementations. Registration and more information about the hackathon will be announced later today. 

Registration

Please pay careful attention to your options before you register.  Registration this year contains the following two options:

Option 1 - Engineering Workshop - March 9 + OCP U.S. Summit 2015 - March 10-11  - Choose this option if you are planning on attending BOTH the Engineering workshop on 9 March AND the 2015 OCP US Summit on 10-11 March.  Seats are limited for the Engineering Workshop so if you select this option please make sure you are planning to attend and contribute to the technical discussions.

Option 2 - OCP U.S. Summit ONLY - March 10-11 - Choose this option if you are planning on attending the OCP US Summit ONLY.  Please note there will be engineering workshops in the afternoon on the 10-11 so if you are not an active contributor to the projects and you only want to observe and see what goes on in the workshops please choose this option.

Click here to register. 

Sponsorship Opportunities

These amazing events are only possible through the generous donations of our sponsors. There are still sponsorship opportunities available for the summit. If your organization is interested in sponsoring this summit or any of the 2015 engineering workshops, please email Stephanie Loayza, OCP Events Manager, for more information.

For those who would like to know more about how to get involved in OCP before the summit, please contact Amber Graner, OCP Community Manager.

Wondering what you are missing by not attending the previous OCP Summits? The check out our Youtube channel.  What are you waiting for register today!

See you in San Jose!

 

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Have a great idea for innovating data center technologies or want to hack on hardware to seed your company?  Then join us for our third annual hardware hackathon at the upcoming OCP U.S. Summit 2015 being held on March 10-11 in San Jose, California. 

We will have cash prizes to help you seed your initial idea. In addition to the prize money, the Open Compute Foundation is partnering with a team of angel investors and venture capitalists who will work with you to formulate your initial idea into a business plan. 

Winners will present their hacks and receive their prizes on stage during OCP U.S. Summit 2015.

Registering for the hack also registers you for the entire OCP U.S. Summit 2015, so you can register for both events at once. Please see more info on the Summit here: summit.opencompute.org

Hackathon seating is limited to 200 people. Everyone who registers and participates in the OCP U.S. Summit Hackathon will receive a special OCP Hackathon t-shirt. We ask that once you register for the hack, you participate in the entire hack, which will last 8-12 hours over the course of the two-day summit.

The OCP Hardware Hack will consist of 2 tracks;the first track will encompass all active hardware projects under the Open Compute Project; the second track is allows you to hack on hardware that is outside of the existing active OCP projects.

What we will provide:

As in previous hacks we will provide a set of components and tools at the hack.  We encourage you to bring with you any tools (software or hardware) or components that are necessary for your idea.

Things you and your organization will need to do prior to the Hackathon:

  • Determine what you want to accomplish during these 2 days.
  • Determine what additional tools and materials you will need to bring with you.
  • Work through the "ideation" (creative) process of your Hack.

More information on past hackathons can be found here: http://www.opencompute.org/home/SearchForm?Search=Hackathon

Don't forget, register today. Keep Calm and Hack on!  See you in San Jose! 

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Call For Participation: OCP Engineering Workshop and U.S. Summit 2015

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 · Posted by at 3:47 AM

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The OCP U.S. Summit 2015 will be held on 10-11 March 2015.  New this year is a one day OCP Engineering Workshop event which is being held the day before the summit on 9 March 2015.  Both of these events are being held at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, California and registration is now open.

Attendees to the OCP summits come from the technology, finance, government, and consulting sectors and represent a wide audience from engineers to senior executives.

Do you want to help shape the future of OCP and influence the next generation data center? If so, we have the following opportunities for participation available:

  • Keynotes
  • Executive Sessions
  • Engineering Workshop Sessions -Tracks for for the Engineering Workshops include:
    • Certification
    • Data Center
    • Hardware Management
    • HPC
    • Networking
    • Open Rack
    • Server
    • Storage
    • Telcos/Comms
  • Sponsorships (Exhibitors and Sponsored Talks)  - See sponsorship opportunities and sponsorship agreement PDFs. Deadline for all sponsorships is 23 January 2015.  If you have questions about sponsorship opportunities please email sponsor@opencompute.org.


Abstracts must be submitted by 6 February 2015 and speakers will be notified by 13 February 2015. If your talk is accepted a slide template and instructions will be sent to you. Slides must be submitted for review no later than 2 March 2015.  Please note, the Foundation reserves the right cancel any talks which the slides are not received by the deadline above or which do not use the required OCP template.

If you would like to participate in any of the above listed areas for the OCP Engineering Workshop event or the OCP U.S. Summit 2015 please take a moment to fill out the webform.

 

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Registration for the OCP US Summit 2015 is now open. Don’t forget to register today.

Are you driven by your passion for open source?  Are you excited about being part of a community that applies the principles and philosophies traditionally found in open source software to open hardware?  Are you interested in any or all Data Center technologies? Maybe you are just curious to see what Facebook, Microsoft, Rackspace, Intel, Goldman Sachs and other members have been up to since the last Open Compute Project (OCP) summit?

Registration

No matter what your motivation is we want you to join us, the OCP Foundation, and other industry thought leaders at the upcoming OCP US Summit 2015 on 10-11 March at the San Jose Convention center in San Jose, California. Registration ends on 27 February, so don’t forget, register today.

We will have an exciting line up of keynote, executive track and engineering workshop speakers for you.  Topics you can expect to hear about include: Data Center, Certification, Hardware Management, HPC, Networking, Open Rack, Server, Storage, Telco/Comms. The expo floor will be filled with booths representing all areas of participation across our community.  Come see OCP hardware and those who are making it, selling it and adopting it.  

Call for Participation

The call for participation is open still open until 6 February. Do you have a great adoption story?  Do you have a story around the cool ways you or your organization is using OCP hardware or innovating on top of it?  Are you involved in one of the OCP Projects and you’re now ready to submit a specification or design and want to present that to the community?  Then take a moment and submit a talk.  We will be letting all those who submitted a talk know the status of their submission and will post the schedule the week of 18 February.

Hackathon

Are you a hacker at heart? Have a great idea for innovating data center technologies or want to hack on hardware to seed your company? The OCP Hardware Hack will consist of 2 tracks;the first track will encompass all active hardware projects under the Open Compute Project; the second track is allows you to hack on hardware that is outside of the existing active OCP projects.  More information about the Hackathon can be found here. Get your team together and register today!

Engineering Workshop

While there will be Engineering Workshop sessions as part of the OCP US Summit 15 event, new this year is a separate OCP Engineering Workshop day which is being held on 9 March at the San Jose Convention Center.  Space is very limited for this event and currently the workshop shop on 9 March is sold out. If you are on the waitlist for the Engineering workshop we will let you know your status by 18 February.  We are working on making remote participation available and will publish information on this option as we get closer to the event.

Thank you to our sponsors

The Foundation would like to thank all those who support and sponsor our summits. These events are only possibly by the generous donations of our sponsors, members, and community.  

We’d like to thank the following organizations for sponsoring the OCP US Summit 15 event.

  • Titanium: Intel
  • Platinum: HP, Hyve, Microsoft
  • Gold: Stack Velocity
  • Silver: Amax, Applied Micro, Cavium, Cisco, Emerson, HGST, Panasonic, Penguin, Quanta (QCT), Schneider Electric, Wiwynn, Western Digitial
  • Bronze: ARM, Edge-Core, Goldman Sachs, Micron, Mellanox, Toshiba
  • Startups: Big Switch, Cumulus Networks, Edison DC Systems, Horizon, Nodeprime, Pica8, Pluribus Networks, Scality
  • Non-Profits: Linaro, OpenPower
  • Others: Rosendin Electric, ZT Systems

If you are interested in sponsoring the OCP US Summit 15 there are still some opportunities available. Click here to find out more.

About OCP

The Open Compute Project Foundation is a 501(c)6 organization which was founded in 2011 by Facebook, Intel, Rackspace, Goldman Sachs and Andy Bechtolsheim. Our mission is to apply the benefits of open source software to hardware and rapidly increase the pace of innovation to hardware design and engineering in, near or around data center technologies.

For more information on how to get involved in OCP go to: http://www.opencompute.org/community/get-involved/

 

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OCP Leadership Terms Extended to 2016

Monday, March 23, 2015 · Posted by at 10:42 AM

On any level in any organization, there are clear advantages to maintaining flexibility in its operating procedures. The wider organizational wisdom dictates that, at times, the Open Compute Project take advantage of such flexibility.

A prevalent discussion after the OCP Leadership Day in Austin revealed that the organization still has a lot of processes to put in place. This revelation was compounded, in a manner of timing, by the recent role change of Cole Crawford to Evangelist and the addition of Corey Bell as OCP's new CEO.

It was suggested by current leadership to keep everyone intact for at least another year.  The reasoning submitted was that an annual turn was not enough time to figure out the role.   It takes at least 6 months to understand the inner workings of the role and expectations, then there are only another few months to actually get work done before elections.   The leadership asked that we make no changes to the Project Lead or IC leadership until 2016.

The board agreed to this proposal.

The reason is simple: The combination of building a cohesive leadership team while currently working out all the processes provides an governing stability upon which to build a more solid organizational foundation. With this foundation firmly in place, elections in 2016 should be held in accordance with the governance procedures outlined in the OCP wiki.

The current leadership has been asked to stay on until the 2016 election, and the OCP Foundation can confirm by early this week if everyone is staying put. Should a member decide that he or she cannot stay, a special election will be held for the vacated seat.

It goes without saying – yet it bears constant repeating – that the wider organization is profoundly grateful to the OCP leadership for the work it puts in to maintain the organization's ecosystem. The foundation thanks and salutes you for your efforts.

Additionally, and more importantly, the foundation and the OCP leadership thank the wider membership for its understanding as procedures and processes crystallize into a more consistent form as we move forward.

 

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OCP C&I Project Special Election

Wednesday, May 06, 2015 · Posted by at 2:18 AM

The OCP Community is an ever evolving, innovating and thriving community. In March we announced that we would be extending the terms of our volunteer leadership and holding no elections until 2016. However, we now have special circumstances requiring a special election.

Special Circumstances

If an OCP project lead resigns from their position prior to the end of the term or if they can no longer fulfill their duties then the OCP project community will vote on the interim project lead.

Special Elections

YF Juan has announced his resignation as the C&I project lead.  We appreciate all his hard work and dedication to not only the OCP C&I project, but to the Foundation as well. His last day as project lead will be this Friday, 8 May 2015.  As such today, 6 May 2015  through 16 May 2015 we will be taking nominations for this position.

Time Line for the OCP C&I Project Lead Special Election

6-16 May 2015

Nomination Phase

16-19 May 2015

Validate Eligibility

20 May 2015

Contact Nominees

21-31 May 2015

Testimonials

1-13 June 2015

Voting Phase

16 June 2015

Results Announced

Roles and Responsibilities of the an OCP Project Lead

Leadership of an OCP project is, by far, one of the most important volunteer roles within the OCP ecosystem.

The role of an OCP Project Lead includes (but not limited to):

  • facilitate discussions, both online and in-person, that empower and encourage project participants to communicate, collaborate, and contribute to OCP in an open and transparent manner;
  • support the direction of the Foundation by effectively communicating those goals to their projects through the OCP mailing lists, monthly calls, OCP events and various other tools;
  • drive communication between their projects and the Foundation;
  • work closely with the Foundation to grow the reach of their respective projects and that of the OCP ecosystem;
  • focus on the needs of the project participants, the projects goals, and the OCP Foundation’s goals and philosophies.  

In addition the Project Leads must be able to infuse their project with the following traits:

  • strong community leadership
  • world wide collaboration
  • inclusive vs exclusive approach
  • technical excellence
  • focus on innovation

How does nominations work?

Any member can nominate themselves or someone else on the project for inclusion on the ballot. Please fill out the webform on or before 5pm Central time on 16 May 2015.

Who is eligible for Nomination?

Any individual member or anyone from a member organization whose membership is in good standing.  All nominees memberships will be validated prior to 19 May 2015. You must create an individual profile on the website prior to 15 May 2015 to be eligible. If you belong to a member organization please use your organization email to create this profile.  Your organizational membership takes precedence over the individual membership; however, we pull the list of names from this database.  Instructions for creating this profile can be found at:http://www.opencompute.org/community/get-involved/tiered-membership/individual-ocp-community-membership/

Terms

The interim project lead will hold this seat until the regular scheduled project lead election in August 2016.

Who is eligible to vote?

The OCP Board members as well as any individual member or anyone from a member organization whose membership is in good standing.  You must create an individual profile on the website prior to 25 May 2015 to be eligible to vote. If you belong to a member organization please use your organization email to create this profile.  Your organizational membership takes precedence over the individual membership; however, we pull the list of names from this database.  Instructions for creating this profile can be found at:http://www.opencompute.org/community/get-involved/tiered-membership/individual-ocp-community-membership/

Restrictions and Limitations:

  • To be eligible for nomination you must create your profile on the website on or before 15 May 2015.
  • All nominations must be added to the webform no later than 5pm central on 15 May.
  • You must be an individual member (by creating your profile you are signing the individual agreement) or an employee of a member organization in good standing in order to be nominated. Nominee membership will be validated by 18 May 2015
  • Individual, Community and Silver level members are eligible to hold no more than 1 leadership position at any one time
  • Gold level members are eligible to hold no more than 2 leadership positions at any one time
  • Platinum level members are eligible to hold no more 3 leadership positions at any one time
  • No person shall hold 2 leadership positions at any one time
  • Leadership positions are defined as OCP Board Member, OCP Incubation Committee (IC) member (excludes chair and vice-chair), OCP Project Leads and OCP Approved Regional Community Leaders.
  • You must be an individual member (by creating your profile your are signing the individual agreement) or an employee of a member organization in good standing on or before


Many thanks to YF Juan for all his hard work on the OCP C&I project and we look forward to seeing the community nominees.

If you have any questions please email Amber Graner.






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OCP U.S. Summit 2015 Video and Presentation Links

Friday, May 08, 2015 · Posted by at 9:51 AM

OCP U.S. Summit 2015 was held on 10-11 March 2015 at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose California, This year's summit had 49 sponsors and over 2500 registered attendees which represented over 800 companies from 40 countries. If you were unable to attend OCP U.S. Summit 2015 below are links to the main stage talks, slides as well as pictures from the event.

Main Stage Talks

Day 1 - 10 March 2015

  • Keynote: Welcome - Open Compute Updates - Frank Frankovsky, Chairman & President - Video, Slides

  • Keynote: Hewlett-Packard - Alain Andreoli, Senior VP, John Gromala, Senior Director, Antonio Neri Senior VP - Video, Slides

  • Keynote: Keynote: Facebook News - Jay Parikh, VP of Engineering, Facebook - Video, Slides

  • Keynote: Mark Shuttleworth, Founder of Ubuntu and Canonical, Video

  • Keynote: Financial Services Adoption Panel - Peter Krey, President & Founder, Krey & Associates, Inc. -Video, Slides

  • Sponsored Theatre - Expo Hall Floor: Intel - Video

  • Executive Track: Networking Project Update - Omar Baldonado, Project Lead - Video, Slides

  • Executive Track: Data Center Project Update - Jason Schafer, Regional Director of Operations, Maicom Facility Services - Video, Slides

  • Executive Track: Renewable Energy Panel - Bill Weihl, Moderator - Video, Slides

  • Executive Track: Goldman Sachs Adoption Story - Don Duet, Managing Director - Video, Slides

  • Executive Track: OCP 101 - Amber Graner, OCP Community Manager - Video, Slides

Day 2 - 11 March 2015 

 

  • Keynote: Microsoft / OCP New Announcements - Kushagra Vaid, GM, Cloud & Enterprise Group - Video, Slides

  • Keynote: Broadcom Fireside Chat - Najam Ahmad, VP of Network Engineering, FB - Video, Slides

  • Keynote: Rackspace - Aaron Sullivan, Distinguished Engineer, Infrastructure Strategy - Video, Slides

  • Keynote: Sam Ramji, CEO, Cloud Foundry Foundation - Video, Slides

  • Executive Track: On Premise vs. Cloud - Amir Michael - Video, Slides

Pictures

 

Images from the event can be found on the OCP Flickr page. https://www.flickr.com/photos/106659057@N08/sets/72157651601950765/

 

Upcoming Summit

The next summit will be OCP U.S. Summit 2016 which will be held on March 9-10 2016 at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, California. We will update the OCP Summit page as soon as updates are available.

 

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We will hold an OCP Telco Working Group Engineering Workshop on 8 June from 1-5pm at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois. This workshop will take place the day before Light Reading’s Big Telecom Event. The OCP Engineering Workshop is free and open to the public; however, registration is required. To register for the OCP Telco Working Group Engineering workshop click here.

What is an OCP Engineering Workshop?

The OCP Engineering Workshops are working sessions that are meant to be technical in nature and are designed to allow the OCP Project Communities to come together to work on the goals and set the direction of each project as it supports the mission and vision of the OCP Foundation.  These Engineering Workshops are designed to encourage, empower, and inspire the OCP community to communicate, collaborate and contribute! These events are free to the public, but do require registration.

The goals of these workshops include:

  • Increase community participation and stickiness.
  • Increase the OCP technology portfolio; depth and breadth of specifications and charters.
  • Drive the product-ionization of OCP’s specifications.  
  • Solidify specification versioning pipeline, release process, naming conventions.
  • Take into account/understand the suppliers needs and OCP partners needs
  • Implementation of OCP’s legal framework (CLA and OCPHLs).
  • Building out/addressing technologies for new sectors.

 

OCP Teclo Working Group Engineering Workshop

OCP Telco Working Group Engineering Workshop will be held on 8 June 2015  from 1 to 5pm in conjunction with Light Reading’s  Big Telecom Event summits and workshops which will take place at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois.

Agenda*:

1 - 1:15pm  - Welcome (Corey Bell, OCP CEO)

1:15 - 2:00pm - OCP 101 - What is OCP?  Why is it important?  How to contribute and consume OCP and more. (Amber Graner, OCP Community Manager)

2-3pm - What are the goals of the Telco Working Group? How you can help?  How to get involved. (Bill Carter, Intel)

3-4pm - Impact of Open Hardware (TBD)

4-4:30pm  - Success Stories (TBD)

4:30-5pm - General Q&A, Next steps, Wrap up (Bill Carter, Corey Bell, Amber Graner)

*Agenda is subject to change

Registration for the OCP Telco Working Group Engineering Workshop

Register today!  The OCP Telco Working Group Engineering Workshop is free and open to the public, but registration is required.  Click here to register for the OCP Engineering Workshop.

Venue

MCCORMICK PLACE

2301 South Doctor Martin Luther King Junior Drive, Chicago, IL 60616

More information about the venue, hotel, and travel arrangements can be found on Light Reading’s Big Telecom Event webpage.

Light Reading’s Big Telecom Event

Light Reading's Big Telecom Event (BTE) is the premier North American event in the telecom space featuring more than 80 top-notch service provider speakers from the world's leading telcos. BTE 2015 tackles the big issues facing the telecom industry and how service providers can make money from them.

 Special offer for OCP Workshop attendees: REGISTER TODAY for complimentary or discounted VIP admission. BTE provides complimentary admission to employees of service providers, operators, financial and educational institutions, utilities and government agencies. All others will receive a 30% discount. Enter promo code PTNR_OPENCOMPUTE.

VIP Admission Includes:

·         VIP Onsite Check-In

·         VIP Welcome Gift

·         The Heavy Reading Exclusive BTE Research Package: A 5,000 word strategic analysis of the state of the art in monetizing next-generation, high-capacity networks, produced exclusively for BTE VIP attendees.

Register Now to receive your complimentary pass and VIP admission. Visit Light Reading’s Big Telecom Event and Enter promo code: PTNR_OPENCOMPUTE

More information about BTE can be found here.

 

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The Testimonial Phase of the OCP C&I Project Lead Special Election is now open and the Foundation would like to thank all the nominees who have agreed to run for the OCP C&I Project Lead seat.

Leadership of an OCP project is, by far, one of the most important volunteer roles within the OCP ecosystem.

The role of an OCP Project Lead includes (but not limited to):

  • facilitate discussions, both online and in-person, that empower and encourage project participants to communicate, collaborate, and contribute to OCP in an open and transparent manner;
  • support the direction of the Foundation by effectively communicating those goals to their projects through the OCP mailing lists, monthly calls, OCP events and various other tools;
  • drive communication between their projects and the Foundation;
  • work closely with the Foundation to grow the reach of their respective projects and that of the OCP ecosystem;
  • focus on the needs of the project participants, the project goals, and the OCP Foundation’s goals and philosophies.  

 

In addition the Project Leads must be able to infuse their project with the following traits:

  • strong community leadership
  • world wide collaboration
  • inclusive vs exclusive approach
  • technical excellence
  • focus on innovation
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As we enter the testimonial phase of this election, we are pleased to announce the following members of our community which have been nominated for the C&I Project Lead seat.

Starting today through 12 June you will be able to add a testimonial for your support of the various nominees. Voting for the C&I Project Lead seat will begin on 15 June and end on 26 June.  The results of the poll will be announced on 29 June.

To add a testimonial you will need to go to the page of the person you wish to endorse and add your support for that nominee to the comment box.

More information about our governance process can be found here.

Again, the Foundation would like to thank all of those who have been nominated.  None of our successes would be possible without the support and participation of you and your organizations.

Get Involved

The OCP Foundation has many ways for individuals and organizations to participate in OCP; online project meetings, OCP events, submit a spec, review a spec, read our blog, join our Facebook group, add us to your G+ circles, follow us on Twitter, join our mailings and much more. To find out more about getting involved in OCP, click here.

 

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Voting Phase for the OCP C&I Special Election Now Open

Monday, June 15, 2015 · Posted by at 4:24 AM

The voting phase for the OCP C&I Special Election starts today, 15 June and remain open until 26 June at 24:00 (CDT).

Nominees

Participants will be able to choose between the following nominees:

  • Anita Kou (ITRI) and David Woolf (UNH-IOL)

  • Matt Peterson

One of the most important volunteer roles we have in the OCP community is that of the Project Lead and we thank all the past, current and future project leads for their willingness to encourage, empower, and inspire the OCP project communities to communicate, collaborate and contribute!

Who is eligible to vote?

Any OCP member (individual or corporate) who has created a profile on the website and indicated they were active in the C&I project can vote.  By creating a profile on the website you are signing the individual membership agreement. If you belong to a corporate member organization please use your organizational email address. Please note that your corporate organizational membership will take precedence over the individual one. No one organization can have more than 10% of the total vote. If an organization has more than 10% it will be notified and the point of contact for that organization will be asked to choose who from the list will be sent keys.  

How do I vote?

Eligible Voters will receive an email which will guide them through how to vote. Once the poll has started no emails can be added to the list. If you believe you should have received a voting key for the C&I Special Election and did not, please contact, Amber Graner.  Please note you must have created a profile on the website and inndicated that you were active in the C&I project prior to 15 June to be eligible to vote.

What is the voting tool that is used?

We use the Condercet Internet Voting Service (CIVS) which was developed by Cornell University. CIVS is a free Internet voting service that makes it easy to conduct polls. Each voter ranks a set of possible choices. Individual voter rankings are combined into an anonymous overall ranking of the choices.

More information about our governance process can be found here.

Again, the Foundation would like to thank all of those who have been nominated.  None of our successes would be possible without the support and participation of you and your organizations.

Get Involved

The OCP Foundation has many ways for individuals and organizations to participate in OCP; online project meetings, OCP events, spec submission or review, follow our blog, join our Facebook group, add us to your G+ circles, follow us on Twitter, join our mailings and much more. To find out more about getting involved in OCP, click here.

 

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Announcing the New OCP C&I Project Co-Leads

Tuesday, July 07, 2015 · Posted by at 8:44 AM

Earlier, YF Juan announced that he would be stepping down as the OCP C&I Project Leader.  This announcement triggered an OCP special election.  

The nominees for the OCP C&I Project Lead seat included:

  • Anita Kuo (ITRI) and David Woolf (UNH-IOL)
  • Matt Peterson (Cumulus)

 

The OCP Foundation would like to extend a thank you to YF Juan for his time as the OCP C&I Project Lead as well as to Anita, David and Matt for running for this position.

The poll closed on 26 June and the results of this special election vote are as follows:

Anita Kuo and David Woolf are the new OCP C&I Project Co-Leads.  They will remain as co-leads until July 2016 when the next Project Leads election is scheduled to take place.

Again we thank all of our project leads, both past and present and welcome Anita and David as the new OCP C&I Project Leads.

More information about the OCP C&I Project can be found on the C&I wiki page.

To find out how you or your organization can participate in the OCP Community take a look at our Getting Involved Page.

 

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The Open Compute Project Foundation will host a series of engineering workshops in 2015 to build and grow the OCP community.  The goals of these workshops include:

  • Increase community participation and stickiness.

  • Increase the OCP technology portfolio; depth and breadth of specifications and charters.

  • Drive the product-ionization of OCP’s specifications.

  • Solidify specification versioning pipeline, release process, naming conventions.

  • Take into account/understand the suppliers needs and OCP partners needs

  • Implementation of OCP’s legal framework (CLA and OCPHLs).

  • Building out/addressing technologies for new sectors.

The OCP Engineering Workshops are working sessions that are meant to be technical in nature and are designed to allow the OCP Project Communities to come together to work on the goals and set the direction of each project as it supports supports the mission and vision of the OCP Foundation.  These Engineering Workshops are designed to encourage, empower, and inspire the OCP community to communicate, collaborate and contribute! These events are free to the public, but do require registration. Attending an OCP Engineering Workshop counts toward your OCP Tiered Membership time requirement. Those organizations who sponsor an OCP Engineering Workshop will be credited with a percentage of their sponsorship toward their tiered membership money requirement.

This Engineering Workshop will focus on the Community Building, Compliance & Interoperability, Hardware Management, Networking and Open Rack projects. Register today.

Registration

This is a free event and open to the public, but registration is required. Please register HERE.

Agenda

Time

Event

Room

8:00a - 9:00a

Registration/Breakfast

14th Floor

9:00a - 10:30a

Welcome

Fidelity Talk

Highlight Talk

14th Floor - Auditoriums Y&Z

10:30a - 10:45a

Coffee Break

 

10:45a - 12:00p

Joint Topics

14th Floor - Auditoriums Y&Z

12:00p - 1:00p

Lunch

 

1:00p - 5:00p

Breakouts

  • Community Building

  • Compliance & Interoperability

  • Hardware Management

  • Networking

  • Open Rack

TBD

Venue

Fidelity Investments - Boston

245 Summer Street

Boston, MA 02210

The Foundation would like to thank Fidelity for sponsoring and hosting this event.

Travel

Airport - Boston Logan International (BOS)

Hotels

Room Block - Book by Friday, September 25

  • Seaport Hotel - 0.8 mile $299/night special rate; book HERE or call 877-SEAPORT and ask for the Open Compute Project Foundation room block rate

Other Nearby Hotels

 

Looking for ways to get involved in OCP? Register today.  See you in Boston!

 




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New leadership on the OCP Foundation board

Wednesday, September 16, 2015 · Posted by at 5:47 AM

The OCP Foundation board of directors meets every quarter to review the progress of the community and our direction and goals for the coming quarters. Once every four quarters, these meetings also include the nomination and election of board leadership for the upcoming year.

At this quarter’s meeting -- which was held on Sept. 10, at the Goldman Sachs offices in New York -- the board discussed a new approach to selecting its leadership and settled on an annual rotation among the member companies who serve on the board: Facebook, Goldman Sachs, Intel, Microsoft, and Rackspace. Our hope is that this new approach will allow for each of these companies to bring their unique experiences and perspectives to bear on the work we’re all doing together.

With this in mind, we are delighted to announce that Jason Taylor, vice president of infrastructure at Facebook, will serve as the president and chairman of the OCP Foundation board of directors from October 2015 to October 2016. In his role at Facebook, Jason leads the teams responsible for hardware engineering, server budget and allocation, technical program management, architecture reviews, and long-term infrastructure planning. He has been an active OCP board member since 2014.  

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In his new role with the board, Jason succeeds his former Facebook colleague Frank Frankovsky, who led the board since the foundation was created in late 2011. We want to thank Frank for his leadership, his vision, and all the other contributions he has made to OCP over the years, and we are happy to share that he will remain an engaged member of the OCP Foundation board and the community as a whole.

We’re excited about this new direction for board leadership, and about the future we’re building together as a community. Please join us in thanking Frank and welcoming Jason!

Looking to get involved with OCP? Find out more here.

 

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The OCP Incubation Committee (IC) is made up of dedicated volunteers and thought leaders who are in, near, and around the data center hardware ecosystem. In March we announced that we would be extending the terms of our volunteer leadership and holding no elections until 2016. However, we now have a vacant seat on the IC and will be holding a special election to fill this seat.  This position will be an interim position until the next election in 3rd quarter 2016.

Special Circumstance

If an OCP IC Member resigns from their position prior to the end of the term or if they can no longer fulfill their duties then the OCP project community will vote on the interim IC member to fill the vacant seat until the next scheduled election.

Special Elections

Matt Corddry, stepped down from his position as the OCP Open Rack project representative on the IC when he left his position at Facebook to pursue other opportunities.   We appreciate all his hard work and dedication to not only the OCP IC and the Open Rack project, but to the Foundation as well.  Starting today, 12 November 2015 through 3 December 2015 we will be taking nominations for this position.

Timeline

12 Nov - 3 Dec 2015

Nomination Phase*

3 Dec 2015

Contact Nominees

4 Dec - 18 Dec 2015

Testimonial Phase

19 Dec - 8 Jan 2016

Voting Phase

10 Jan 2016

Results Announced

 * all nominations are subject to eligibility verification.

 

By participating as a member of the OCP IC you will be responsible for reviewing all contributions that are submitted to the OCP Foundation. You will work closely with the OCP Community Manager, OCP Project Leads and the contributor to make sure all contributions are a fit for the goals and missions of the OCP Foundation.

This is an exciting opportunity to help shape the future of the OCP Foundation and it’s community while advancing the mission and goals of the Foundation.

Roles and Responsibilities of an IC Member

As noted above this is a special election to elect an interim OCP Open Rack representative to the IC. To understand what is required of these positions please take a moment to review the roles and responsibilities of these positions.

  • Help shape new projects
    • Provide guidance and feedback to incubated projects
    • Proactively provide lightweight feedback
    • Ensure OCP principles are embodied in specifications
    • Ensure specifications contribute meaningful value
  • Vote on new specifications
  • Work with and encourage project chairs to bring new specs to IC
  • Ensure proper functionality of the IC
  • Participate in IC meetings (every six weeks)

 

Nomination Process

Eligibility:

  • Individual must belong to an OCP Silver, Gold or Platinum Tiered Member organization.

 

Exceptions:

  • Silver Members can hold no more than 1 leadership position at a time.
  • Gold Members can hold no more than 2 leadership positions at a time.
  • Platinum Members can hold no more than 3 leadership positions at a time.
  • No one person can hold more than one leadership position at a time.

(If an organizational member is nominated and this nomination would cause the organization to go over its membership level limit then that individual and organization will be contacted prior to the names being released)

The Nominations Phase will end at 5pm Central on 3 December 2015.

APPLY TODAY!

Only submissions added to this webform will be accepted.  No personal emails will be accepted as eligible submissions. As the nominations are reviewed, nominees will be contacted by the OCP Community Manager to make sure they would like to accept the nomination and to provide a short bio and and headshot.

To nominate yourself or someone else click here.

Terms

The interim OCP Open Rack Project representative to the IC will hold this seat until the regular scheduled elections in August 2016.

Testimonial Phase

Eligibility: Any community member can add a positive endorsement to any nominee. During this phase of the election each nominee will have a page on the website which will include a picture, a bio and information on why they want to sit on the IC. This page is where the community will be allowed to endorse each nominee. While only OCP Silver, Gold and Platinum Tiered Members can vote on the nominees the testimonial phase is open to any member of the community. (Please note all comments will be moderated and only positive endorsements will be allowed. Any negative or inappropriate comments will be deleted.)

Voting Phase

Eligibility: Only OCP Silver, Gold and Platinum Tiered Members and the OCP Foundation Board will be eligible to vote. Silver Members and Board Members will be given 1 voting key, Gold Members will be given 2 voting keys and Platinum Members will be given 3 voting keys.  Between now and 18 December  2015, the OCP Community Manager will be contacting the point of contact for each Silver, Gold and Platinum member to determine who from each organization will be sent keys. Qualifying memberships must be current as of 18 December 2015 in order to vote.  Each key is tied to an email address and can not be shared.  

Again, many thanks to Matt Corddry and all those willing to serve in an OCP volunteer leadership role.  Good luck to all those who will be putting their names forward for this special election.

If you have any questions please email Amber Graner.

More information about Tiered Membership can be found at: http://www.opencompute.org/community/get-involved/tiered-membership/

 

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Welcoming Nokia to OCP

Tuesday, November 17, 2015 · Posted by at 3:14 AM

Nokia Networks announced that it has joined Open Compute Project (OCP) as a Gold member, and will work with the OCP Foundation to help drive greater efficiencies, flexibility, and scale in the data center with their AirFrame solution.

We're thrilled to see continued momentum in the OCP community and Nokia's new membership introduces a breakthrough layer of collaboration and innovation in data center technology. As a traditional infrastructure provider in the telecommunications industry, Nokia's expertise and technology will introduce new developments and opportunities for collaboration that will continue the progress we've all made in building more open and efficient infrastructure.

This announcement showcases OCP's growing momentum, just four years after it was founded — more than 200 members and thousands of participants are working together, in the open, to drive faster innovation in the industry.

Watch the video of Jason Taylor, president and chairman of the OCP Foundation board and VP of infrastructure at Facebook, discussing the importance of this news and welcoming Nokia to the OCP community.

Looking to get involved with OCP? Find out more here.

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Registration Now Open for the Open Compute Project U.S. Summit 2016

Tuesday, November 24, 2015 · Posted by at 12:12 PM

The early bird gets the worm! Registration for the Open Compute Project (OCP) U.S. Summit 2016 is now open with special early bird ticket pricing. The Summit will be held on March 9-10, 2016 at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, California.

This year's event will gather some of the industry's top leaders for two days. Day One will be dedicated to keynote presentations, and Day Two will focus solely on OCP Engineering Workshops. The Open Compute Project was founded four years ago, and with more than 200 members, we continue to see accelerated growth among the thousands of participants working together, in the open, to drive faster innovation in open hardware and software.

Based on popular demand, we're going to prioritize keynotes from industry leaders who emphasize new ideas, concepts, and challenges that haven't been discussed before. This year's attendees will again get the chance to hear from experts, attend technical workshops, and participate in hands-on work.

Engineering Workshops

The Engineering Workshops at the summit will play a pivotal role in the development of what our overarching goals will be for OCP projects in 2016. If you're interested in helping us shape what the future of open hardware looks like, we highly recommend you participate!

We're also aiming to host five U.S. Engineering Workshops outside of the summit in 2016, and the topics discussed during these sessions will help us determine the focus areas for upcoming workshops.

Continued OCP Contribution Growth and Momentum

We wouldn't be anywhere without our community—and the proof is in the specs! Contributions of open hardware are growing in both the OCP Networking and Server groups, and you can check out our current list of OCP projects here to see all the progress for yourself!

The full agenda can be accessed here, and is subject to change.

Registration

Registration this year requires you to purchase a ticket. Ticket types and pricing are listed below:

* Early Bird: $300

         * DEADLINE: 12/31/15

* Regular: $400

         * DEADLINE: 2/29/16

* Late/Onsite: $500

Click here to register.

Sponsorship Opportunities

There are still sponsorship opportunities available for the summit. If your organization is interested in sponsoring this summit or any of the 2016 engineering workshops, please email Stephanie Loayza, OCP Events Manager, for more information. Or you can also view the prospectus here and our sponsorship form here.

For those who would like to know more about how to get involved in OCP before the summit, please contact Amber Graner, OCP Community Manager.

Wondering what you are missing by not attending the previous OCP Summits? Check out our YouTube channel.

See you in San Jose!

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Call For Participation: OCP U.S. Summit 2016

Thursday, January 07, 2016 · Posted by at 7:54 AM

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We want you...

... to participate in the OCP U.S. Summit 2016 event which will be held on 9-10 March 2016 at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, California.

Register Today!

Are you driven by your passion for open source?  Are you excited about being part of a community that applies the principles and philosophies traditionally found in open source software to open hardware?  Are you interested in any or all Data Center technologies? Maybe you are just curious to see what Facebook, Microsoft, Rackspace, Intel, Goldman Sachs and other members have been up to since the last Open Compute Project (OCP) summit?

Attendees to the OCP summits come from the technology, finance, government, and consulting sectors and represent a wide audience from engineers to senior executives.

Take a moment and register today!

Help Shape the Future of OCP!

Do you have a great adoption story?  Do you have a story around the cool ways in which you or your organization is using OCP hardware or innovating on top of it?  Are you involved in one of the OCP Projects and you’re now ready to submit a specification or design and want to present that to the community?  Do you have awesome demo showcasing OCP Hardware? Then take a moment and submit a talk

Do you want to help shape the future of OCP and influence the next generation data center? If so, we have the following opportunities for participation available:

  • Keynotes
  • Executive Talks (see sponsorhip prospectus)
  • Engineering Workshop Sessions -Tracks for for the Engineering Workshops include:
    • Certification
    • Data Center
    • Hardware Management
    • HPC
    • Networking
      • ONIE
      • ONL
      • SAI
    • Open Rack
    • Server
    • Storage
      • Wear Monitor
    • Telcos/Comms
  • Sponsorships (Exhibitors and Sponsored Talks)  - See sponsorship opportunities and sponsorship agreement PDFs. Deadline for all sponsorships is 29 January 2016.  If you have questions about sponsorship opportunities please email sponsor@opencompute.org.

 

Abstracts must be submitted by 29 January 2016 and speakers will be notified by 5 February 2016. If your talk is accepted a slide template and instructions will be sent to you. Slides must be submitted for review no later than 2 March 2016.  Please note, the Foundation reserves the right cancel any talks which the slides are not received by the deadline above or which do not use the required OCP template.

If you would like to participate in any of the above listed areas for the OCP U.S. Summit 2016 please take a moment to fill out the webform.

About OCP

The Open Compute Project Foundation is a 501(c)6 organization which was founded in 2011 by Facebook, Intel, Rackspace, Goldman Sachs and Andy Bechtolsheim. Our mission is to apply the benefits of open source software to hardware and rapidly increase the pace of innovation to hardware design and engineering in, near or around data center technologies.

For more information on how to get involved in OCP go to: http://www.opencompute.org/community/get-involved/

 

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Testimonial Phase: OCP IC Open Rack Seat Special Elections Begins

Tuesday, January 19, 2016 · Posted by at 11:20 AM

The Testimonial Phase for the Open Compute Project (OCP) Incubation Committee (IC) Open Rack Seat special election is now open. The nomination phase of this election lasted longer than we expected due the holiday season.  

The Foundation would like to thank those who have been nominated to be the OCP Open Rack Project Representative on the IC for their patience and willingness to sit on the OCP Incubation Committee(IC). This will be a first time opportunity of each of our nominees.

Nominees

Nominees for the this special election are:

 

If you would like to add a testimonial for any of the nominees you can do so by clicking on their names above and adding a comment to that page.

Timeline 

The updated timeline is as follows:

12 Nov - 3 Dec 2015

Nomination Phase*

3 Dec 2015

Contact Nominees

19 Jan - 28 Jan 2016

Testimonial Phase

29 Jan - 11 Feb 2016

Voting Phase

12 Feb 2016

Results Announced

* all nominations are subject to eligibility verification.

Voting

Eligibility: Only OCP Silver, Gold and Platinum Tiered Members and the OCP Foundation Board will be eligible to vote. Silver Members and Board Members will be given 1 voting key, Gold Members will be given 2 voting keys and Platinum Members will be given 3 voting keys.  Between now and 28 January  2016, the OCP Community Manager will be contacting the point of contact for each Silver, Gold and Platinum member to determine who from each organization will be sent keys. Qualifying memberships must be current as of 28 January 2016 in order to vote.  Each key is tied to an email address and can not be shared. 

Get Involved

The OCP Foundation has many ways for individuals and organizations to participate in OCP; online project meetings, OCP events, submit a spec, review a spec, read our blog, join our Facebook group, add us to your G+ circles, follow us on Twitter, join our mailings and much more. To find out more about getting involved in OCP, click here.

If you have any questions about getting involved in OCP, becoming a member, or what your current organizational standing is please contact Amber Graner.  

Once again a sincere thank you to the passion and commitment shown by the above nominees and to those who nominated, testified and ultimately will vote.  We are 100% committed to ensuring OCP remain a community focused project! 

 

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OCP Hardware at SCaLE14x

Thursday, January 21, 2016 · Posted by at 10:43 AM

  

This weekend at the Pasadena Convention Center in Pasadena, California the community and those attending the Southern California Linux Expo (SCaLE) will have the opportunity to learn more about not only about the OCP Foundation, but some of the OCP hardware that has been contributed by Facebook.  

In addition to OCP hardware being in the Facebook booth (500/601), Amber Graner, Operations Director and Community Manager for the OCP Foundation will be there as well. The exhibit hall opens on Friday 22 January at 2pm. The full SCaLE 14x schedule can be found here.

If you’re in the Los Angeles, California area or if you are already attending the SCALE 14x event, please stop by the Facebook booth to learn more about the OCP Foundation, how to participate, how to contribute, our upcoming summit as well as the hardware listed below.

 

If you are interested in the above OCP Hardware, wait until you see all the hardware that will be at the OCP US Summit 2016.  The OCP Summit will be held on 9-10  March 2016 at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose California.  Be sure and take a look at the OCP US Summit 2016 site and stop by the Facebook Booth at SCaLE 14x and ask Amber about this event.

Other OCP members exhibiting at SCaLE 14x include: Canonical, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, and Microsoft.

Stop by the Facebook booth at SCaLE 14x and let’s talk OCP!

About the Open Compute Project Foundation

The Open Compute Project Foundation is a 501(c)6 organization which was founded in 2011 by Facebook, Intel, Rackspace, Goldman Sachs and Andy Bechtolsheim. Our mission is to apply the benefits of open source to hardware and rapidly increase the pace of innovation in, near and around the data center and beyond. http://www.opencompute.org/

About SCaLE 14x

SCaLE 14X – the 14th annual Southern California Linux Expo – takes place on Jan. 21-24, 2016, at the Pasadena Convention Center. As the first-of-the-year Linux/Open Source software expo in North America, SCaLE 14X expects to host 150 exhibitors this year, along with nearly 130 sessions, tutorials and special events. SCaLE is the largest community-run open-source and free software conference in North America. It is held annually in Los Angeles. https://www.socallinuxexpo.org/scale/14x



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Voting Phase: OCP IC Open Rack Seat Special Elections Begins

Monday, February 01, 2016 · Posted by at 1:07 AM

The voting phase for the OCP Open Rack Incubation Committee (IC) Seat Special election started on 29 January and will remain open until 11 February 2016 at 6:00pm (CT).

Nominees

Participants will be able to choose between the following nominees:

We would like to thank all the past, current and future IC members for their willingness to encourage, empower, and inspire the OCP project communities to communicate, collaborate and contribute!

Timeline

The updated timeline is as follows:

12 Nov - 3 Dec 2015

Nomination Phase*

3 Dec 2015

Contact Nominees

19 Jan - 28 Jan 2016

Testimonial Phase

29 Jan - 11 Feb 2016

Voting Phase

12 Feb 2016

Results Announced

* all nominations are subject to eligibility verification.

Who is eligible to vote?

Only OCP Silver, Gold and Platinum Tiered Members and the OCP Foundation Board will be eligible to vote. Silver Members and Board Members will be given 1 voting key, Gold Members will be given 2 voting keys and Platinum Members will be given 3 voting keys. Qualifying memberships must be current as of 28 January 2016 in order to vote.  Each key is tied to an email address and can not be shared.

How do I vote?

Eligible Voters will receive an email which will guide them through how to vote. If you believe you should have received a voting key for the OCP Open Rack IC seat and did not, please contact, Amber Graner.  

What is the voting tool that is used?

We use the Condercet Internet Voting Service (CIVS) which was developed by Cornell University. CIVS is a free Internet voting service that makes it easy to conduct polls. Each voter ranks a set of possible choices. Individual voter rankings are combined into an anonymous overall ranking of the choices.

More information about our governance process can be found here.

Again, the Foundation would like to thank all of those who have been nominated.  None of our successes would be possible without the support and participation of you and your organizations.

Get Involved

The OCP Foundation has many ways for an individual or organization to participate: online project meetings, OCP events, spec submission or review, follow our blog, join our Facebook group, add us to your G+ circles, follow us on Twitter, join our mailings and much more. To find out more about getting involved in OCP, click here.

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OCP U.S. Summit 2016: Announcing Keynote Speaker Lineup

Thursday, February 11, 2016 · Posted by at 5:08 AM

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Open Compute Project Foundation is excited to announce some of our keynote speakers at the upcoming OCP U.S. Summit 2016 on March 9 & 10!

The OCP Summit will feature a packed lineup of must-see keynote speakers. We are thrilled to welcome inspirational leaders from a range of industries representing the future of openness in technology and hardware design.

To kick things off, Jason Taylor, current President and Chairman of the Open Compute Project, and VP of Infrastructure at Facebook, will discuss the state of OCP and the development of technology that will help enable new waves of OCP gear adoption.

Jay Parikh, VP of Engineering at Facebook and Jason Waxman, VP & GM for the Cloud Platforms Group at Intel will each speak about their new contributions to innovation in the OCP ecosystem, as well as the use cases to demonstrate the impact of open hardware.

Mark Russinovich, CTO of Azure at Microsoft, will speak about the advantages of taking an open approach to cloud computing, as well as Microsoft’s work in contributing their innovations to OCP.

The telecommunications industry is embracing open technologies in a big way, and to reflect the growth of the newly formed OCP Telco Project, we compiled a panel discussion featuring Ken Duell, Assistant VP at AT&T; Daniel Brower, VP of Business Development at Deutsche Telekom; Kang-Won Lee, SVP of R&D at SK Telecom; and Mahmoud El Assir, SVP and CIO – Global Technology Services at Verizon.

And drawing upon the rich tradition of innovation at Bell Labs, Peter Winzer, Ph.D and Head of the Optical Transmission Systems and Networks Research Department will tell us about the importance of bringing innovation to challenges like optical communications and capacity scaling for data centers.

If you haven't yet registered for this exciting event you may do so here:registration.opencompute.org

Regular pricing ends on Monday, February 29; register now to save $100! We look forward to seeing you at OCP U.S. Summit 2016!

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When Matt Corddry, stepped down as the Open Compute Project Incubation Committee (IC) representative for the OCP Open Rack Project it triggered an OCP special election.  

The nominees for the OCP Open Rack representative to the IC  included:

The OCP Foundation would like to extend a thank you to Matt Corddry for his time as the OCP IC Open Rack representative as well as to James, Russ and Eran for running for this position. We would also like to thank the community for their patience and understanding through this process.

The poll closed on 11 Feb 2016 and the results of this special election vote are as follows:

Eran Tal will be the new OCP Open Rack representative to the IC.  He will remain the IC representative until August 2016 when the next full IC election is scheduled to take place.

Again we thank James and Russ as well as all past representatives for their willingness to volunteer and help drive adoption and innovation in, near and around the data center through their volunteerism and passion for open collaboration.

Please help the OCP Foundation welcome and congratulate Eran Tal as he begins his new role on the OCP IC.

To find out how you or your organization can participate in the OCP Community take a look at our Getting Involved Page.

 

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OCP Welcomes the Telecom Infra Project (TIP)

Monday, February 22, 2016 · Posted by at 12:50 PM

Earlier today, a set of operators, infrastructure providers, system integrators, and technology companies came together with Facebook to announce the Telecom Infra Project (TIP). TIP draws a lot of inspiration from the successful community-led structure of OCP, and we welcome this effort to bring new innovation and efficiency to telecom network infrastructure.

Just a few weeks ago, many of the same participants in TIP joined the OCP Telco Project, our initiative to focus on data center technologies for telecom companies. By preparing the OCP community to address the specific technical and operational requirements of telcos, we are setting up telco data center infrastructure to be the latest industry to achieve increased cost-savings and flexibility through OCP innovations.

The OCP Telco Project now has participation from leaders across the telecom industry, and their embrace of openness and community-led innovation is a significant validation of the OCP model. Seeing these companies want to take these principles and expand them to other infrastructure areas outside the data center like the traditional telecom network stack is a development that the OCP community can look to with pride. Working side-by-side with TIP, we look forward to unlocking new opportunities based on a community-driven, open approach to telecom infrastructure.

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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.

2016 is shaping up to be spectacular year for OCP and the community at large.

The OCP Networking project continues to drive the open networking movement within the industry and we are happy to welcome many new faces and efforts including the newly established OCP Telco project.
Here are some of the presentations you can expect to attend as part the OCP Networking project sessions (Schedule Subject to Change):

 

 

 

What are your waiting for? Register today.  Regular registration has been extended through 4 March. We look forward to seeing you in San Jose on 9-10 March 2016.

Shout out to Cumulus Networks for the producing video - thanks everyone!

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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.

  • With Intel, Facebook has worked on Xeon-D to use in Yosemite, and now is working on NVM. Read more on Facebook's Code blog here.
  • Facebook contributed Wedge 100 and 6-pack, their next-generation open networking switches.
  • OpenBMC software will now support Lightning, its new NVMe-based storage platform.
  • By leveraging NVIDIA's Tesla Accelerated Computing Platform, Big Sur — Facebook's powerful AI hardware — is twice as fast as the previous generation, and can train twice as fast and explore networks twice as large.
  • Facebook is also working with other companies on standardizing data center optics and inter-data center (WAN) transport solutions to help the industry move faster on networking. Microsoft, Verizon, and Equinix are all part of that effort.

Urs Hölzle, SVP of Technical Infrastructure and Google Fellow at Google shared the exciting news that Google joined the Open Compute Project (OCP) to help drive standardization in IT infrastructure. More specifically, Google is collaborating with Facebook on a new rack specification that includes 48V power distribution and a new form factor to allow OCP racks to fit into their data centers. John Zipfel, Technical Program Manager at Google, wrote a supplementary blog post here with more details: https://cloudplatform.googleblog.com/2016/03/Google-joins-Open-Compute-Project-to-drive-standards-in-IT-infrastructure.html

Tomorrow, we're running a full lineup of engineering workshops from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. PT. Hackathon winners will be announced at noon PT. The full agenda can be found here

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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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BCE

 

We will hold an OCP Telco Focused Engineering Workshop on 23 May from 12:30-5:30pm at the Austin Convention Center in Austin Texas. This workshop will take place the day before Light Reading’s Big Communications Event. The OCP Engineering Workshop is free and open to the public; however, registration is required.  To register for the OCP Telco Focused Engineering workshop click here.

What is an OCP Engineering Workshop?

The OCP Engineering Workshops are working sessions that are meant to be technical in nature and are designed to allow the OCP Project Communities to come together to work on the goals and set the direction of each project as it supports the mission and vision of the OCP Foundation.  These Engineering Workshops are designed to encourage, empower, and inspire the OCP community to consume, collaborate and contribute! These events are free to the public, but do require registration.

The goals of these workshops include:

  • Increase community participation and innovation.
  • Increase the OCP technology portfolio; depth and breadth of specifications and charters.
  • Drive the product-ionization of OCP’s specifications.  
  • Take into account/understand the suppliers needs and OCP partners needs
  • Implementation of OCP’s legal framework (CLA and OCPHLs).
  • Building out/addressing technologies for new sectors.

 

OCP Teclo Focused Engineering Workshop

OCP Telco Focused Engineering Workshop will be held on 23 may 2016  from 12:30 - 5:30pm in conjunction with Light Reading’s Big Communications Event summits and workshops which will take place at the Austin Convention Center in Austin.

 Agenda*:

 

12:30p.m.- 1:00 p.m. - Welcome - Corey Bell & Rocky Bullock - OCP Co-CEOs & Amber Graner, OCP Operations Director & Community Manager
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. - How to Participate in OCP. The OCP Contribution Process Explained. What Do OCP AcceptedTM & OCP InspiredTM Really Mean? - Amber Graner, OCP Operations Director & Community Manager
2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. - Telco Charter & Current State of the Project - Bill Carter & Craig White, OCP Telco Project Leads
2:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. - Radisys Presentation
3:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. - ADLink Presentation
3:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. - Break
3:30 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. - OCP Open Rack Presentation - Steve Mills
4:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. - IDT Presentation - Devashish Paul, IDT
4:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. - Telcom Infra Project (T.I.P.) Presentation - Lynn Comp, Intel
5:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. - General OCP Q&A, Project Next Steps & Wrap Up
 

*Agenda is subject to change

 

Registration for the OCP Telco Focused Engineering Workshop

Register today!  The OCP Telco Focused Engineering Workshop is free and open to the public, but registration is required.  Click here to register for the OCP Engineering Workshop.

 

Venue 

AUSTIN CONVENTION CENTER

500 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78701

 

More information about the venue, hotel, and travel arrangements can be found on Light Reading’s Big Communications Event webpage.

Light Reading’s Big Communications Event

Light Reading’s BCE 2016 is the one event where every member of the next-gen communications ecosystem can find the information they need to come out on the winning side of this singular period in the history of the comms industry.

Special offer for OCP Workshop attendees: REGISTER TODAY for complimentary or discounted VIP admission. BTE provides complimentary admission to employees of service providers, operators, financial and educational institutions, utilities and government agencies. All others will receive a 30% discount. Enter promo code VIPOCP.

Register Now to receive your complimentary pass and VIP admission. Visit Light Reading’s Big Communications Event page and enter promo code: VIPOCP

 

Sponsors

The OCP Engineering Workshops would not be possible without the continued support of our members who participate and contribute to the OCP Community as well as those who sponsor our events. Please extend a warm thank you to our participants and sponsors!

The OCP Telco Focused Engineering Workshop is sponsored by:

 

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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.

Current project leads are eligible to run for these positions as well.

OCP Project Seats Available:

  • Certification and Interoperability (C&I)
  • Data Center
  • Hardware Management
  • High Performance Computing (HPC)
  • Networking
  • Open Rack
  • Server
  • Storage
  • Telco

Roles and Responsibilities:

Leadership of an OCP project is, by far, one of the most important volunteer roles within the OCP ecosystem. 

The role of an OCP Project Lead includes (but not limited to):

  • facilitate discussions, both online and in-person, that empower and encourage project participants to communicate, collaborate, and contribute to OCP in an open and transparent manner;
  • support the direction of the Foundation by effectively communicating those goals to their projects through the OCP mailing lists, monthly calls, OCP events and various other tools;
  • drive communication between their projects and the Foundation;
  • work closely with the Foundation to grow the reach of their respective projects and that of the OCP ecosystem;
  • focus on the needs of the project participants, the project goals, and the OCP Foundation’s goals and philosophies.  

In addition the Project Leads must be able to infuse their project with the following traits:

  • strong community leadership
  • world wide collaboration
  • inclusive vs exclusive approach
  • technical excellence
  • focus on innovation 

Term:

 2 years - July 2016  - July 2018

Eligibility:

To be considered eligible to run in this election nominees must be either an Individual OCP Member or belong to an OCP Member organization.  Some restrictions apply.

Nominations: 

Individuals may be self-nominated or can be nominated by another project member. All nominees must be either an individual member or belong to an OCP Tiered Member organization. Co-leadership is encouraged and for some nominees may be required. Membership status will be verified and if any issues are found with the nominee's eligibility an email will be sent prior to the testimonial phase.  Click here to nominate yourself or someone you know.  

Voting:

To be eligible to vote for a project lead in this election individuals must be an OCP Member (Individual or Tiered) and signed up for the mailing list on the OCP project they wish to cast a vote in.

Foundation Employees and OCP Board of Directors are also eligible to vote for the Project Leads.

Those who wish to vote should make sure they have created an account on the OCP website and signed up for the OCP Project mailing list that wish to cast a vote in no later than 20 June 2016. If you belong to a member organization then please use your organizational email address on both the OCP Mailing list and for your account on the OCP Website.

Election Timeline:

  • 6 June 2016 - Call for Nominations Starts
  • 20 June 2016 - Call for Nominations Ends
  • 21 June 2016 - Publish list of Nominees
  • 21 June 2016 -  Testimonial Phase Starts
  • 5 July 2016 - Testimonial Phase Ends
  • 6 July 2016  - Voting Phase Begins
  • 20 July 2016 - Voting Phase Ends
  • 21 July 2016 - New Leads Announced
  • 22 - 31 July  - Transition/On-Boarding of New Project Leads
  • 1 August 2016 - New Project Leads Assume Project Responsibilities

Restrictions and Limitations:

  • To be eligible for nomination you must create your profile on the website and be signed up for the OCP Project Mailing list you wish to  participate in on or before 20 June 2016 at 5pm Central.
  • All nominations must be added to the webform no later than 5pm central on 20 June 2016.
  • You must be an individual member (by creating your profile you are signing the individual agreement) or an employee of a member organization in good standing in order to be nominated. Nominee membership will be validated by 20 June 2016.
  • You must belong to them mailing list of the OCP Project you wish to participate in no later than 20 June 2016.
  • Individual, Community and Silver level tiered members can hold no more than 1 leadership position at any one time.
  • Gold level tiered members are eligible to hold no more than 2 leadership positions at any one time.
  • Platinum level tiered members are eligible to hold no more 3 leadership positions at any one time.
  • No person shall hold more than 2 leadership positions at any one time.
  • Leadership positions are defined as OCP Board Member, OCP Incubation Committee (IC) member (excludes chair and vice-chair), OCP Project Leads and OCP Approved Regional Community Leaders.

Questions and More Information: 

If you have any questions about this election please email elections@opencompute.org.

If you have any questions about the status of your individual or organization membership please email membership@opencompute.org.

More information about this election can be found at:

http://www.opencompute.org/wiki/Governance

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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:

  • Common off-the-shelf hardware for a lower cost, standardized supply chain
  • Scale-out architecture for increased operational flexibility
  • Software-based intelligence for more programmability, agility, and control
  • Open development process for more flexible, well-integrated technology

The conversation continued with a deep dive into overviews and specific use cases for Ceph and OpenStack, web application storage, multi-site object storage, erasure coding, webscale applications, databases, and kernel module flexibility.

Enmotus: Andy Mills, Co-founder and CEO of Enmoutus, discussed how the community can add analytical behavioral intelligence to the block storage layer. He provided an overview of the current state of evolving applications, stack, and devices and how the OCP community can tap into a fast and efficient storage device virtualization (SDV) layer, how behavioral analysis and automation of storage devices plays a role, both Enmotus FuzeDrive, which is a hybrid SSD class storage for any Intel or ARM class storage server, and open REST/JSON for storage device telemetry data collection.

Networking

Benu Networks: Rajat Ghai, CTO of Benu Networks, shared the 30,000-foot view of Open CBW (Campus, Branch, Wireless) and described two corresponding perspectives, including networking-centric and IT-centric. He also emphasized the benefits of leveraging the openness that Linux offers into a full stack OCP CBW.

Mellanox: Amit Katz, Vice President of ethernet switch sales at Mellanox, introduced Leaf-Spine, which is a 100GbE switch that works for hyperscale with fewer restrictions and external dependence, including eliminating the use of a proprietary, vendor-specific hardware, having the ability to scale without charging network design, and without dependency on vendor's proprietary features.

SnapRoute: Jason Forrester, CEO of SnapRoute, introduced FlexSwitch, which is a network protocol stack that allows you to manage, deploy, and program everything with a common API, run any agent, load only the protocols you need, includes HAL supports and extends SAI, OpenNSL, and OF-DPA, and provides complete choice of merchant silicon, CPU, and NOS. Below are some examples of what's available in FlexSwitch:

  • Hardware platforms, including Wedge-40, Wedge-100 Celestica, Mellanox, Acton, and Barefoot
  • ASICS, including Broadcom Trident II, Tomahawk, and Barefoot (software simulator)
  • Protocols, including BGP, BFD, IPv5, ECMP, and policies

Please keep an eye out for our next OCP Engineering Workshop on the calendar here.

If you or your organization is interested in participating in the OCP community please take a look at our participation page. If you'd like more information on becoming an OCP member please email membership@opencompute.org.

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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.

Bill has been actively involved with OCP since 2012, working on the open rack and server projects, and he was instrumental in creating the OCP Telco Project. He was previously the OCP Telco Project’s co-chair. Prior to becoming OCP's CTO, Bill was a data center architect at Intel, working in Intel’s Data Center Group. Bill helped large cloud services companies adopt new technologies and methodologies for data center facility design, energy management, virtualization, performance, and resource utilization. As an example, Bill worked across the industry to cut energy usage by raising the data centers’ operating temperatures. His collaborative work on hybrid liquid cooling, which delivers much higher compute density, was recently published in the ASHRAE journal.

Michael Schill also recently joined the OCP Foundation, as a community support specialist. Michael will be working with each of the project groups, helping drive spec/design review, IP tracking, and general community outreach.

Since it began almost six 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 in just the past year. New companies and industries are getting involved with OCP to reimagine hardware, making it more efficient, flexible, and scalable. Join our global community of technology leaders working together to break open the black box of proprietary IT infrastructure to achieve greater choice, customization, and cost savings.

 

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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.

Leadership of an OCP project is, by far, one of the most important volunteer roles within the OCP ecosystem.

Roles and Responsibilities

The role of an OCP Project Lead includes (but not limited to):

  • facilitate discussions, both online and in-person, that empower and encourage project participants to communicate, collaborate, and contribute to OCP in an open and transparent manner;
  • support the direction of the Foundation by effectively communicating those goals to their projects through the OCP mailing lists, monthly calls, OCP events and various other tools;
  • drive communication between their projects and the Foundation;
  • work closely with the Foundation to grow the reach of their respective projects and that of the OCP ecosystem;
  • focus on the needs of the project participants, the projects goals, and the OCP Foundation’s goals and philosophies.  

In addition the Project Leads must be able to infuse their project with the following traits:

  • strong community leadership;
  • world wide collaboration
  • inclusive vs exclusive approach
  • technical excellence
  • focus on innovation

Nominees

As we enter the testimonial phase of this election, we are pleased to announce the following members of our community which have been nominated for the 9 Project Lead seats.

The following 3 project lead seat nominees are running unopposed and will not require a community vote.

  • HPC - Devashish Paul (IDT) and Manoj Roge (Xilinx)
  • Hardware Management - Bernie Meier (Ericsson) and Norman James (IBM)
  • Open Rack  - Brian Obernesser (Fidelity) and Steve Mills (Facebook)

The following 6 project lead seat nominees will require a vote:

C&I nominees:

  • Asim Rasheed (IXIA)
  • David Wolf (UNH-IOL)

Data Center:

  • Jerry Luo (Ericsson)
  • Jason Schafer (Google) and Robert Bunger (Schneider Electric)

Networking:

  • Carlos Cardenas (Cumulus) and Omar Baldonado (Facebook)
  • Steve Noble (Big Switch Networks) and Lihua Yuan (Microsoft)
  • Scott Boynton (Canonical) and Mike Valentine (Goldman Sachs)

Server

  • John Stuewe (Dell) and Siamak Tavallaei (Microsoft)
  • Jean-Marie Verdun (Horizon)

Storage

  • Jorge Campello (HGST) and Per Brashers (Yttirbium)
  • Kaizhong Gao (Individual)

Telco

  • Kang-Won Lee (SK Telecom) and Bryan Larish (Verizon)
  • Craig White (Nokia) and Doug Haunsperger (Dell)

Starting tomorrow 28 June through 11 July you will be able to add a testimonial for your support of the various nominees. (Links will not be available until Tuesday 28 June 2016) Voting for C&I, Data Center, Networking, Server, Storage, and Telco will begin on 12 July and end on 26 July. The results of the poll will be announced on 27 July 2016.

Timeline for the election phases (Updated)

  • 6 June 2016 - Call for Nominations Starts
  • 20 June 2016 - Call for Nominations Ends
  • 27 June 2016 - (was 21 June 2016)  - Publish list of Nominees
  • 28 June 2016 - (was 21 June 2016) -  Testimonial Phase Starts
  • 11 July 2016 - (was 5 July 2016) - Testimonial Phase Ends
  • 12 July 2016 - (was 6 July 2016)  - Voting Phase Begins
  • 26 July 2016 - (20 July 2016) - Voting Phase Ends
  • 27 July 2016 - (21 July 2016) - New Leads Announced
  • 27 - 31 July 2016 - (was 22 - 31 July 2016)   - Transition/On-Boarding of New Project Leads
  • 1 August 2016 - New Project Leads Assume Project Responsibilities

To leave a testimonial between 28 June and 11 July,  please click on the nominees name you would like to endorse and leave a comment.  

UPDATE: If you do not have a Facebook account and you wish to leava a testimonial, please email the testimonial to the OCP mailing list that corresponds with the OCP Project Lead nominee you wish to endorse.  Example if you want to endorse someone running for the Networking Project Lead seat then you would post to the OCP Networking Project mailing list. You will also need to email elections@opencompute.org so we can look for your endorsement and link to it when we repost it the nominees page.

As a reminder, you needed to be signed up on both the mailing list and as an individual member on or before 20 June in order vote.

More information about our governance process can be found here.

Again, the Foundation would like to thank all of those who have been nominated.  None of our successes would be possible without the support and participation of you and your organizations.

Get Involved

The OCP Foundation has many ways for individuals and organizations to participate in OCP; online project meetings, OCP events, submit a spec, review a spec, read our blog, join our Facebook group, add us to your G+ circles, follow us on Twitter, join our mailings and much more. To find out more about getting involved in OCP, click here.

 

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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.

In 2013 we moved to a community election model for our volunteer leadership and to date this is our largest group of nominees.  This is a testament to our active and collaborative community.  We look forward to seeing what the future holds and how this next group of project leads will collaborate with the OCP Incubation Committee, the OCP Foundation and their respective project communities to help drive consumption of, collaboration in and contribution the OCP ecosystem.

The testimonial phase of the election gives each nominee or team of nominees the opportunity to have their supporters offer public endorsement.  Starting today, 28 June through 11 July you will be able to add a testimonial endorsement for the nominees of your choice. To add a testimonial you will need to go to the page of the person you wish to endorse and add your support for that nominee to the comment box.  Only those nominees who are running for a project seat that requires a vote have pages.  You will not be able to add a testimonial for those who are running unopposed.

UPDATE: If you do not have a Facebook account and you wish to leava a testimonial, please email the testimonial to the OCP mailing list that corresponds with the OCP Project Lead nominee you wish to endorse.  Example if you want to endorse someone running for the Networking Project Lead seat then you would post to the OCP Networking Project mailing list. You will also need to email elections@opencompute.org so we can look for your endorsement and link to it when we repost it the nominees page.

The following 4 project lead seat nominees are running unopposed and will NOT require a community vote. You will not be able to leave a testimonial for these nominees.

  • C&I - Asim Rasheed (IXIA) and David Woolf (UNH-IOL) (update: Asim and David have decided not to run against one another, but to co-lead the C&I group together)
  • HPC - Devashish Paul (IDT) and Manoj Roge (Xilinx)

  • Hardware Management - Bernie Meier (Ericsson) and Norman James (IBM)

  • Open Rack  - Brian Obernesser (Fidelity) and Steve Mills (Facebook)

The following 5 project lead seat nominees will require a vote.  You will be able to leave a testimonial for these nominees.  If there is no link with a nominees name, that means we are still waiting for their information.

Data Center:

Networking:

Server:

Storage:

Telco:

Voting for the OCP 2016-2018 Project Lead seats will begin on 12 July and and end on 26 July 2016.  The results of the poll will be announced on 27 July 2016.

More information about our governance process can be found here.

Again, the Foundation would like to thank all of those who have been nominated.  None of our successes would be possible without the support and participation of you and your organizations.

Get Involved

The OCP Foundation has many ways for individuals and organizations to participate in OCP; online project meetings, OCP events, submit a spec, review a spec, read our blog, join our Facebook group, add us to your G+ circles, follow us on Twitter, join our mailings and much more. To find out more about getting involved in OCP, click here.

 

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OCP 2016-2018 Project Lead Elections: Voting Phase Now Open

Tuesday, July 12, 2016 · Posted by at 2:30 AM

The voting phase for the OCP 2016-2018 Project elections starts today, 12 July 2016 and will remain open until 26 July 2016 at 9:00pm (CT). We would like to thank all the past, current and future OCP Project Leads for their willingness to encourage, empower, and inspire the OCP project communities to communicate, collaborate and contribute!

Nominees

The following 5 project lead seat nominees will require a vote.  You will be able to leave a testimonial for these nominees.  

Data Center:

Networking:

Server:

Storage:

Telco:

The following 4 project lead seat nominees are running unopposed and will NOT require a community vote.

  • C&I - Asim Rasheed (IXIA) and David Woolf (UNH-IOL) (update: Asim and David have decided not to run against one another, but to co-lead the C&I group together)
  • HPC - Devashish Paul (IDT) and Manoj Roge (Xilinx)
  • Hardware Management - Bernie Meier (Ericsson) and Norman James (IBM)
  • Open Rack  - Brian Obernesser (Fidelity) and Steve Mills (Facebook)

Timeline 

The Updated Time is as follows: 

  • 6 June 2016 - Call for Nominations Starts - Completed
  • 20 June 2016 - Call for Nominations Ends - Completed
  • 27 June 2016 - (was 21 June 2016)  - Publish list of Nominees - Completed
  • 28 June 2016 - (was 21 June 2016) -  Testimonial Phase Starts - Completed
  • 11 July 2016 - (was 5 July 2016) - Testimonial Phase Ends - Completed
  • 12 July 2016 - (was 6 July 2016)  - Voting Phase Begins - In-Progress
  • 26 July 2016 - (20 July 2016) - Voting Phase Ends
  • 27 July 2016 - (21 July 2016) - New Leads Announced
  • 27 - 31 July 2016 - (was 22 - 31 July 2016)   - Transition/On-Boarding of New Project Leads
  • 1 August 2016 - New Project Leads Assume Project Responsibilities

Who is eligible to vote?

To be eligible to vote for a project lead in this election individuals needed to be an OCP Member (Individual or Tiered) and signed up for the mailing list of the OCP project they wish to cast a vote in no later than 20 June 2016.

Foundation Employees and OCP Board of Directors are also eligible to vote for the Project Leads. 

How do I vote?

Eligible Voters will receive an email which will guide them through how to vote. If you believe you should have received a voting key for the this election and have not received one by the end of the day on 13 July 2016, please contact elections@opencompute.org.

 

What is the voting tool that is used?

We use the Condercet Internet Voting Service (CIVS) which was developed by Cornell University. CIVS is a free Internet voting service that makes it easy to conduct polls. Each voter ranks a set of possible choices. Individual voter rankings are combined into an anonymous overall ranking of the choices.

More information about our governance process can be found here.

Again, the Foundation would like to thank all of those who have been nominated.  None of our successes would be possible without the support and participation of you and your organizations.

Get Involved

The OCP Foundation has many ways for an individual or organization to participate: online project meetings, OCP events, spec submission or review, follow our blog, join our Facebook group, add us to your G+ circles, follow us on Twitter, join our mailings and much more. To find out more about getting involved in OCP, click here.

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Since the Open Compute Project (OCP) Foundation began almost six years ago, we have seen the community thrive as it continues to be a positive disruption in the data center hardware ecosystem and beyond. The OCP community now includes hundreds of companies and thousands of participants. We've seen more than two dozen new contributions accepted by OCP in just the past year as new companies and industries continue to participate as they consume OCP gear, collaborate with the OCP community and contribute new efficient, flexible, and scalable hardware and software solutions to the OCP ecosystem.

To help meet the growing needs of the OCP Community, we are pleased to announce that Dirk Van Slyke and John Laban have joined the Open Compute Project (OCP) Foundation to continue to empower, educate and inspire individuals and organizations.  Mr. Van Slyke will serve as Marketing and Communications Director and will focus on Member value and communications, organizational branding, website experience and event management, while Mr. Laban will help educate and facilitate the adoption of OCP hardware in Europe.

Mr. Van Slyke has touched almost every aspect of the marketing process in his 27-year career, with particular expertise in branding and growth. He began his career working in brand management for full-service, creatively-driven advertising agencies The Richards Group and GSD&M.

A serial entrepreneur, Mr. Van Slyke has founded and co-founded a variety of organizations including investor-funded organizations from both public and private institutional and angel investment sources. He has led marketing in a variety of industries, including ecommerce, healthcare, fashion, financial services, media, retail, commercial real estate, research, home improvement, travel and technology.

He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Science in Communications and Advertising. He is a frequent speaker and mentor for a variety of university level marketing and advertising curricula, as well as for the American Marketing Association. He has also serves or has served on a variety of boards for non-profits.

John Laban has worked in the Telecommunications and Information Transport Systems (ITS) industry for over 35 years, beginning his career at the London Stock Exchange as a BT telecommunication technician. In the early 1980s, he formed one of the UK’s first structured cabling businesses and later returned to BT to design their first corporate LAN infrastructure and develop their first structured cabling system. Later, he was the design authority responsible for the $100m Ford Motor Company ITS upgrade project throughout Europe and was a member of the team that produced the first Ford Motor Company Corporate ITS Standard.

Believing there was a general lack of quality, John was driven to "professionalize" the ITS industry, starting with a professional diploma programme for the Telecommunications Managers Association.

He became the first UK member of The Society of American Value Engineers, practicing systematic value engineering methods on ITS to eliminate waste and maximize value for his clients.

John holds a Master of Science in Computer Network Engineering and a Post Graduate Diploma in Management Studies and describes himself as “a practicing engineer that teaches – not a teacher that teaches engineering.”

Join us in welcoming Dirk Van Slyke and and John Laban the OCP Foundation team.

Get Involved

The OCP Foundation has many ways for an individual or organization to participate: online project meetings, OCP events, spec submission or review, follow our blog, join our Facebook group, add us to your G+ circles, follow us on Twitter, join our mailings and much more. To find out more about getting involved in OCP, click here.

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The Open Compute Project (OCP) Foundation would like to introduce a new event to the list of OCP events--OCP Technology Day. An OCP Technology day will focus on enabling software solutions on OCP Hardware.

Registration is now open for the first OCP Technology Day. This event will take place from 10am to 6pm on Tuesday, 30 August 2016 at Facebook in Menlo Park, California.  Speakers from Facebook, Canonical and Red Hat will focus on deploying and running scale-out software such as Openstack, GlusterFS, Metal-as-a-Service and others.

Join us and learn how you and your organization can optimize your infrastructures and minimize cost by taking advantage of open software running on open hardware. Special speakers from Google and Microsoft will also speak about unique challenges surrounding running servers and storage at massive scales.


Registration

REGISTRATION IS CLOSED - WE ARE SOLD OUT - NO DAY OF REGISTRATION WILL BE ALLOWED.

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Limited seating is available. We will maintain a waitlist for this event.  

By registering for and attending this event you agree that by providing feedback during this event, whether in written or oral form, you (and your organization if you are attending on behalf of an organization) grant OCP and its members the irrevocable rights to use the feedback for any purpose without further obligation to you.

Agenda* (Updated Agenda)

*Agenda Subject to Change (We will continue to update the agenda on this blog post and the event page as we finalize with each presenter)

TIME         TOPIC            INFORMATION        
9:00am - 10:00am   Registration      
           
10:00am - 10:30am   Welcome   Amber Graner, Operations Director and Community Manager, OCP Foundation  
           
10:30am - 11:30am   Facebook Presentation  

Title: Gluster; Scale out storage
Presenter: Richard Wareing

Abstract: This talk provides an in-depth overview of deploying and managing open source Gluster POSIX file system on OCP hardware at scale.
Facebook operates one of the largest Gluster environments in the world, and the talk will focus on challenges, approaches and lessons learned from using it under production workloads.
 
           
11:30am - 12:30pm   Microsoft Presentation  

Title: Open CloudServer vNext – Architecture of the next platform system including compute and storage
Presenter:  Mark Shaw

Abstract: Abstract: Microsoft Azure's Cloud Server Infrastructure team has been standardizing its server designs for years now with its first contributions of the Open CloudServer to Open Compute Project over two years ago.  Going forward Microsoft is re-vamping it's Open CloudServer vNext architecture with a system that is more modular, flexible and lower cost than before.  Focused on EIA 19" rack deployments, OCS vNext has been designed to better meet the widely varying needs of the OCP community.  OCS vNext will be contributed early in the design cycle, long before completion allowing the OCP community opportunity to build upon and work plans for delivery.  In this session, you'll be provided an overview of the system and features along with the plan for rolling out to the OCP community.

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12:30pm - 2:00pm   LUNCH      
           
2:00pm - 3:00pm   Red Hat Presentation  

Title: (Em)Powering Open Hardware with Open Source Software

Presenters: Thomas Cameron, James Labocki, Gregory Jones

Abstract: In this presentation, Red Hat will talk about the software and hardware communities and our vision that drives the enterprise datacenter.  Red Hat will explore Open Source software and hardware for enterprise compute - OpenStack, ManageIQ.org, Ceph.org, Gluster.org, and Ansible. In addition, we will go into detail how our hardware certification fits in this enterprise.

 

 
           
3:00pm - 4:00pm   Canonical Presentation  

Title:Embracing Big Software and Apps on OCP Hardware to Reduce Costs and Accelerate Innovation

Presenter:Christian Reis, Product Manager, David Duffey, Director of Technical Partnerships, and Luke Williams, Open Networking Technical Partner Manager

Abstract:Canonical will be presenting how to automate the deployment and management of datacenter servers, storage, and networking using Open Source that enables choice. This includes being able to select your preferred cloud platform like OpenStack, big data solution, SDN, VNFs, network control software (FBOSS, Quagga, etc.), and even the operating system on OCP servers and app-enabled OCP networking gear.

 
           
4:00pm - 5:00pm   Google Presentation   Title: Disks for Data Center
Presenter: Lawrence Ying

Abstract: Disks form the central element of Cloud-based storage, whose demand far outpaces the considerable rate
of innovation in disks.Exponential growth in demand, already in progress for 15+ years, implies that most future disks will be in data centers
and thus part of a large collection of disks. We describe the “collection view” of disks and how it and the focus on tail latency,
driven by live services, place new and different requirements on disks. Beyond defining key metrics for data-center disks,
we explore a range of new physical design options and changes to firmware that could improve these metrics. 

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5:00pm - 6:00pm   Cocktail Social    Facebook  

Venue

Facebook Campus - Menlo Park

Building 20

1 Facebook Way

Menlo Park, California 94015

Travel

Airport

 

Hotels

 

 

Additional nearby hotels: https://goo.gl/maps/RDUVVCRMFbP2

 

Sponsors

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This OCP Technology Day and other OCP events are made possible by the support of our members and we’d like to offer a special thank you to Facebook for making this event possible.

About OCP:  

The Open Compute Project Foundation is a 501(c)(6) organization which was founded in 2011 by Facebook, Intel, Rackspace, Goldman Sachs and Andy Bechtolsheim. Our mission is to apply the benefits of open source to hardware and rapidly increase the pace of innovation in, near and around the data center and beyond.

Find out more about you can participate in the OCP Community at: http://opencompute.org/participate

 

 

 

 

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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.

The video (where possible) and presentations can be found at:

Did you miss this Engineering Workshop?  Would you like to attend future events?  If you answered yes to the above questions then make sure you bookmark our events page and check back often for updates.

About OCP:  

The Open Compute Project Foundation is a 501(c)(6) organization which was founded in 2011 by Facebook, Intel, Rackspace, Goldman Sachs and Andy Bechtolsheim. Our mission is to apply the benefits of open source to hardware and rapidly increase the pace of innovation in, near and around the data center and beyond.

Find out more about you can participate in the OCP Community at: http://opencompute.org/participate

 

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Early this month, we announced that we were adding another category of Open Compute Project (OCP) Foundation events -- OCP Technology Day [http://opencompute.org/blog/introducing-ocp-technology-day-30-august-2016-menlo-park-ca-registration-now-open/].

An OCP Technology Day is meant to showcase software solutions on OCP (Open) Hardware. Through these events, we move up the stack and continue to build on the strength of open hardware as we showcase how communities come together to consume, collaborate, and contribute to the infrastructure ecosystem.

Like most open communities, we stand on the “shoulders of giants”. In 2011, Facebook, along with Rackspace and Intel, formed the OCP Foundation to help drive open source hardware innovation in, near and around the data center ecosystem. The OCP community and its collaboration with others in the data center space continues to grow.

Today we are pleased to welcome another Facebook led collaborative initiative: the opening of a lab space in their Menlo Park office for vendors to test their software on open hardware—hardware that is open sourced through OCP—and for potential adopters to test-drive their software solutions. We are thrilled that we at OCP will be working closely with Facebook to help drive software solutions on OCP contributed hardware.

“We built a lab space specifically for vendors to test their software on open hardware. We hope this will help advance the industry even faster and make the idea of using open hardware more appealing to smaller companies that may not have the resources to develop or rely on custom solutions,” noted Facebook in a blog post earlier today.

It’s exciting to see software vendors, such as Canonical and Red Hat, test some of their products on hardware that has been contributed to OCP. We look forward seeing the results of this testing in our first OCP Technology Day. The hardware that was used for testing and validation by these organizations include:

We're looking forward to more open hardware being added to the lab and encouraging software vendors to test and validate their solutions. Additionally, we're working out the details of how the software that is tested and validated in Facebook’s lab space becomes part of the OCP reference architecture line-up.

If you can answer yes to any of the below questions, then you and your organization should consider leveraging Facebook’s lab and joining the OCP Foundation to have your software solutions listed as an OCP reference architecture.

  • Are you a current or a potential adopter of OCP hardware?
  • Do you have an interest in a particular software package?
  • Are you a software vendor considering certifying on OCP hardware?

About OCP:  

The Open Compute Project Foundation is a 501(c)(6) organization which was founded in 2011 by Facebook, Intel, Rackspace, Goldman Sachs and Andy Bechtolsheim. Our mission is to apply the benefits of open source to hardware and rapidly increase the pace of innovation in, near and around the data center and beyond.

Find out more about you can participate in the OCP Community at: http://opencompute.org/participate

 

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OCP 2017 Summit: Become a Sponsor

Wednesday, September 21, 2016 · Posted by at 3:05 AM

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The Open Compute Project (OCP) 2017 Summit will be held on 8-9 March 2017 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, California. The OCP Summit is a 2-day event that will feature a stellar lineup of speakers, announcements, demonstrations, booths and networking opportunities. More importantly, it’s your opportunity to work together with the OCP community to progress the future of important projects—Data Center, Compliance and Interoperability (C&I), Hardware Management, High Performance Computing (HPC), Networking, Open Rack, Server, Storage and Telco.

Find out how you can Consume OCP gear, Collaborate with the OCP Community and Contribute to the OCP ecosystem.

If you want to be part of this future in, near and around the data center ecosystem now is your chance! Sponsorship opportunities are now available for the OCP 2017 Summit.  

Becoming a sponsor

Sponsoring the OCP Summit is an awesome opportunity to get your organization in front of the OCP Community. You can read about all the fabulous opportunities in the Sponsorship Prospectus.

 Remember, whatever level you decide, time is of the essence as we already have a lot of interest from potential sponsors, and most, if not all opportunities are expected to sell out.

What to do before signing the agreement

  • Review the Prospectus above and decide which sponsorship levels and add-ons you are interested in.

  • Consider your OCP Tiered Membership Level, because Silver, Gold, and Platinum members are given a discount on qualifying sponsorship levels.

How to sign the agreement

  • Download the sponsorship form and return to sponsor@opencompute.org.

  • In order to meet production deadlines, 27 January 2017, is the final day that signed sponsorship agreements will be accepted.

  • Please note that sponsorships are limited and sold on a first come, first serve basis, as determined by the email timestamp.

Check summit.opencompute.org for more information as the site will be updated frequently as we travel the Road to Summit 2017!

 

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“Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.”

~ Benjamin Franklin

 

The mission of the Open Compute Project (OCP) Foundation is to apply the benefits of open source software  practices to open hardware, and rapidly increase the pace of innovation in, near and around the data center. As an open and collaborative community that is ever-evolving and growing to drive consumption of OCP gear, collaboration with OCP Community, and contribution tothe OCP Foundation, part of our evolution includes changes to our Tiered Membership Policy, Agreement and Logo Usage Policy. This blog post will explain how to become an OCP Member and what those changes are.

OCP Membership Summary 

For those who are interested on OCP Membership the following is a summary of how you can become and OCP Member.


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There are two categories of OCP Membership -  Executive and Non-Executive. Within those categories we have individual and tiered membership types. OCP Tiered membership is broken into four (4) levels - Community, Silver, Gold, and Platinum.


Executive membership is reserved for our board members; Non-Executive membership is for all other members. Individual membership is reserved for individuals not associated with an organizational member.  Tiered Membership is reserved for organizations (Individuals can not be OCP Tiered members).

 We aren’t “Pay to Play”

OCP is a non-profit (501(c)6) with a merit-based membership model.  OCP Individual membership is free; however if you belong to an organization who is a member, your organizational membership takes precedence over your individual membership.  Individuals and organizations alike do not have to be a member to access the contributions, join the mailing lists, participate in OCP Project Meetings or OCP Events.  It is only when individuals or organizations would like the benefits of membership (see chart below) do they have to become a member.  You’ll also notice that the more merit you have the more benefits you receive and the cost of those benefits decrease as you increase your tier (applies to Silver, Gold, and Platinum).

Rationale For Change

In order for the Foundation to meet the needs of a growing community, to make it possible for more organizations to participate in our Solution and Component Provider Programs, and protect and strengthen the OCP Brand, the Foundation felt it was necessary to review its Tiered Membership Policy and Agreement.  In early September, the OCP Board met in Redmond, Washington and ratified the following changes (which will be discussed in more detail throughout this post). 

Changes

Changes to OCP Tiered Membership Requirements include:

OCP Tiered Membership Agreements are now evergreen (Requirements) - this means that all OCP Tiered Membership Agreements signed on or after 25 October 2016 will not have to be re-signed, if member intends to continue OCP membership at the same level and via the same options as they did when they signed the agreement. (Please note Gold Category 2 and Platinum members will be subject a review, to ensure requirements are being met prior to renewal invoice be automatically issued.  This review will take place 90 days prior to agreement renewal date.)

OCP Gold Level Tiered Membership now only has two (2) ways to achieve this level (Requirements) - we will no longer offer the ability to reach OCP Gold Level Tiered Membership through Time and IP contribution only.  If you are currently exercising this option you and your organization will have 90 days from your current expiration date to decide if you would like to remain Gold or if you wish to become another level of OCP Tiered Membership. (The Foundation will be reaching out to those organizations, if it hasn’t already, about this changes and your options)

Changes to OCP Tiered Membership Benefits include:

OCP Community Level Tiered membership (Benefits) - Community level members are now eligible to participate in the Solution/Component Level Programs; Can run for a leadership position if organizations has contributed IP or its equivalent (Equivalent IP will be explained a blog post later this week). Can submit  Specifications, Designs, Products and when implemented Reference Architecture and Reference Implementation to be considered for recognition as OCP-ACCEPTED™ - All other benefits remain the same.

OCP Silver Level Tiered membership (Benefits) - Silver level members are now eligible to participate in the Solution/Component Level Programs; Can submit for Specifications, Designs, Products and when implemented Reference Architecture and Reference Implementation to be considered for recognition as OCP-ACCEPTED™; Can submit a product to be considered for recognition as OCP-INSPIRED™ - All other benefits remain the same.

OCP Gold Level Tiered membership (Benefits) - Gold level members are now eligible to participate in the Solution/Component Level Programs; Can submit for Specifications, Designs, Products and when implemented Reference Architecture and Reference Implementation to be considered for recognition as OCP-ACCEPTED™; Can submit a product to be considered for recognition as OCP-INSPIRED™ - All other benefits remain the same.

OCP Platinum Level Tiered membership (Benefits) - Gold level members are now eligible to participate in the Solution/Component Level Programs; Can submit for Specifications, Designs, Products and when implemented Reference Architecture and Reference Implementation to be considered for recognition as OCP-ACCEPTED™; Can submit a product to be considered for recognition as OCP-INSPIRED™; Eligible to receive an in-person OCP 101 Briefing; Eligible to request an OCP Staff Member help staff and industry booth (some restrictions apply)  - All other benefits remain the same.

 

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Solution and Component Provider Program Changes 

In order to participate in the Solution and Component Programs, an organization must be an OCP Tiered Member.  Prior to September, in order to participate those participating had to be at an OCP Gold or Platinum Level Tiered Member level  where the total cost of enrollment ranged from $70K to $150K depending on which Tier and what option an organization chose to reach OCP Gold Level Tiered membership.  However, with the inclusion of all Tiers, the total cost of participation is $31K to $85K, and the new fee structure follows the merit based membership model (as shown in the graphic below).  We are also rolling out a searchable database to highlight what specifications and designs have been recognized as OCP-ACCEPTED™ as well as what products have been recognized as OCP-ACCEPTED™ or OCP-INSPIRED™ by the OCP Foundation. (Please note organizations can not make the claim that a product is “OCP” without a formal review by the OCP Foundation - as mentioned above this process will be explained in another blog post)

When do the changes take effect?

If your organization is a current member, the change to Community and Gold Level requirements will take place upon your renewal.  If your organization is not currently a member but you are seeking membership the changes are effective immediately.

Communicating the changes

For the past 90 days, at each OCP Event the Foundation has communicated that these changes would be taking place. We have also had several calls with members to go over these changes. However, all Tiered members will be receiving an email with a link to this blog post and to the updated OCP Membership pages and legal agreements this week.  These will be sent to the POC listed on your organization's membership agreement unless otherwise communicated to the Foundation.   

If you have any questions about becoming an OCP Tiered Member or if you have questions about your organization’s membership please contact membership@opencompute.org. 

Here are the links to our current list of  OCP Members and Solution Providers

About OCP

The Open Compute Project Foundation is a 501(c)(6) organization which was founded in 2011 by Facebook, Intel, and Rackspace. Our mission is to apply the benefits of open source to hardware and rapidly increase the pace of innovation in, near and around the data center and beyond.

If you would like more information on how to participate in the OCP Community please visit: http://www.opencompute.org/participate

 

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“Being a hero doesn’t mean you’re invincible. It just means that you’re brave enough to stand up and do what’s needed.”  ― Rick Riordan, The Mark of Athena

Earlier today, Open Compute Project (OCP) Foundation board member and active Platinum Tiered member Microsoft announced Project Olympus.  This announcement ushers in a new way we in the OCP community will accelerate open hardware designs, innovation and implementation processes. And it’s exciting!

Project Olympus is Microsoft’s next generation hyperscale cloud hardware design and a new model for open source hardware development.  The hardware focuses on modularity, cost and power efficiency, and global datacenter interoperability. The Project Olympus contribution to OCP will consist the following:

  • a new Universal motherboard
  • high availability power supply with included batteries
  • 1U/2U server chassis
  • high-density storage expansion
  • a new Universal rack power distribution unit for global datacenter interoperability
  • a standards compliant rack management card

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With Project Olympus, Microsoft will bring more choice and flexibility to adopters, suppliers and innovators by showcasing modularity of this contribution. The “building blocks” that make up this contribution can allow for adopters and suppliers to independently piece together these blocks to meet specific datacenter configurations and design needs.

“We believe Project Olympus is the most modular and flexible cloud hardware design in the datacenter industry, and will become the foundation for a broad ecosystem of compliant hardware products developed by the OCP community,” said Kushagra Vaid, OCP Incubation Committee member and General Manager, Azure Cloud Hardware Infrastructure, Microsoft Corp.

So what does this mean for the OCP community?

What we have learned since the inception of OCP is that each data center has unique parameters and constraints that drive differences in the ideal rack architecture.   And even though the data center drives differences in the rack, the ingredients, or building blocks, used to build the rack are the same.   Today, we have common switchgear being deployed in OCP Open Rack architecture and the industry standard 19” EIA architecture.   Project Olympus delivers new and additional building blocks that can be used in any rack architecture.

For those who have been active in the OCP Server Project, or who have been following our hardware contributions, then you are already familiar with Microsoft’s Open Cloud Server v1 and v2 contributions, and more than likely you’ve heard mention of ‘v-next’ at several of our OCP Engineering Workshops and our Technology Day.  Project Olympus is next evolution of Microsoft’s hyperscale open source hardware.   

Over the next few weeks we’ll be collaborating with Microsoft through the OCP Server Project group and utilize github to introduce the specifications and design files to the community. Since this isn’t just code, we’re actively building this process and trust that you in the community will help us improve this process of sharing not only the hardware and software specifications but the collateral files--Schematics, Board Files, Mechanical Assemblies--as well. Since Microsoft will now open and share their active development files at the “beta stage” when they are only about 50% complete this follows the ‘release early, release often” model we see in open source software. No other hardware contributor to OCP has released this early in the development cycle, and by doing so Microsoft is giving the community the ability to download, modify, and fork the hardware design just like open source software projects. This means we will begin to drive hardware innovation using the proven best practices and concepts of open source software, and you, the community, will build that future.

Over the next few weeks we will build out the repositories and start active collaboration through the OCP Server Project. If you’re interested in Project Olympus you can find out more at:

Want to find out more about the progress of not only Project Olympus but all of the projects at OCP? Then join us at our annual summit, which will be held at the Santa Clara Convention Center, in Santa Clara, California on 8-9 March 2017.  Registration opens soon and you can find out more information at http://opencompute.org/ocp-u.s.-summit-2017/

Can’t wait until the Summit?  Then join us tomorrow at the OCP Engineering Workshop that is being co-located with Zettastructure: The European Digital Infrastructure Summit hosted by DataCenter Dynamics in London

About OCP

The Open Compute Project Foundation is a 501(c)(6) organization which was founded in 2011 by Facebook, Intel, Rackspace. Our mission is to apply the benefits of open source to hardware and rapidly increase the pace of innovation in, near and around the data center and beyond.

Find out more about you can participate in the OCP Community at: http://opencompute.org/participate

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OCP US Summit 2017 - Call For Participation

Tuesday, November 22, 2016 · Posted by at 5:13 AM

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The OCP U.S. Summit 2017 will be held on 8-9 March 2017 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, California and registration is now open.

Attendees to the OCP summits come from the technology, finance, government, and consulting sectors and represent a wide audience, from engineers to senior executives.

Do you want to help shape the future of OCP and influence the next generation data center? If so, we have the following opportunities for participation available:

  • Keynotes (we have 3 editorially chosen slots available - if you’d like to submit a talk to be considered for a keynote click here, all other keynote slots are tied to Platinum Sponsorship opportunities - See sponsorship prospectus)

  • Executive Track (See sponsorship prospectus)

  • Engineering Workshop Sessions -Tracks for for the Engineering Workshops include :

    • Certification

    • Data Center

    • Hardware Management

    • HPC

    • Networking

    • Open Rack

    • Server

    • Storage

    • Telcos

If you would like to submit your talk to be considered for an Engineering Workshop, please click here - Please note: Engineering Workshops are NOT tied to sponsorships and will be decided by the OCP Foundation and Project Leads.

  • Sponsorships (Exhibitors and Sponsored Talks)  - See sponsorship opportunities and sponsorship agreement PDFs. Deadline for all sponsorships is Friday, January 27th.  If you have questions about sponsorship opportunities please email sponsor@opencompute.org.

Abstracts for the Keynote and Engineering workshops must be submitted by 31 December 2016 and speakers will be notified by 8 January 2017 If your talk is accepted, a slide template and instructions will be sent to you. Slides must be submitted for review no later than 19 February 2017.  Please note, the Foundation reserves the right cancel any talks which the slides are not received by the deadline above or which do not use the required OCP template.

If you would like to participate in any of the above listed areas--Keynotes, Engineering Workshop event, Sponsorship--for the OCP U.S. Summit 2017 you can do so at the links below:

About OCP

The Open Compute Project Foundation is a 501(c)(6) organization which was founded in 2011 by Facebook, Intel, and Rackspace. Our mission is to apply the benefits of open source to hardware and rapidly increase the pace of innovation in, near and around the data center and beyond.

 

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