Open Compute Project

OCP Technology Day at Facebook - Event Summary

Wednesday, September 07, 2016 · Posted by at 10:35 AM


OCP Technology Day at Facebook - Event Summary

On 30 August, 2016, The Open Compute Project (OCP) Foundation hosted 114 attendees from 70 organizations at the Facebook campus in Menlo Park, CA, including Adobe, AT&T, Bank of America, Canonical, Cisco, Delta Products, Facebook, Fidelity Investments, Google, Microsoft, Orange, Penguin Computing, Panasonic, Pinterest, Radisys, Red Hat, Uber, Verizon, Visa and Walmart. It was a full day interactive session with great community involvement and collaborative discussions.

The day began with a General Session which included a welcome from Amber Graner, Operations Director and Community Manager, for the OCP Foundation. Also present were Rocky Bullock, Co-CEO of the Open Compute Project Foundation, as well as new team members Dirk Van Slyke, Director of Marketing and Communications, and Bill Carter, the Foundation’s new Chief Technology Officer, who introduced the updated OCP INSPIRED™ and OCP ACCEPTED™ contribution program processes.

There were five sessions throughout the day:

  1. Richard Wareing of Facebook provided 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 spoke of the challenges, approaches and lessons learned from using it under production workloads.

  2. Mark Shaw of Microsoft’s Azure Cloud Server Infrastructure team provided an overview of systems and features he has been standardizing on their server designs, with their first contributions of the Open CloudServer to Open Compute Project over two years ago. Going forward Microsoft is re-vamping its Open CloudServer 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. Preliminary details on the OCS vNext compute module will be shared early in the design cycle, allowing the OCP community opportunity to build upon and work plans for delivery. 

  3. Thomas Cameron, James Labocki, Gregory Jones from Red Hat  spoke about their  software communities and their vision that drives the enterprise datacenter.  Red Hat  also highlighted how its Open Source software offerings such as Red Hat OpenStack, Ceph and Gluster is being enabled on OCP Hardware.

  4. Christian Reis, Product Manager, David Duffey, Director of Technical Partnerships, and Luke Williams, Open Networking Technical Partner Manager of Canonical presented how to automate the deployment and management of datacenter servers, storage, and networking using MAAS and Juju to enable and Open Source environment of choice on OCP hardware. This includes being able to select 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.

  5. Lawrence Ying from Google described the “collection view” of disks and the focus on tail latency, driven by live services, and placing new and different requirements on 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. Beyond defining key metrics for data-center disks, he explored a range of new physical design options and changes to firmware that could improve these metrics. 


Presentations can be found here. Please note, we have not received all the presentations, but we will update this link when we receive them.

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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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A Look Back as We Move Forward

Monday, September 26, 2016 · Posted by at 2:08 AM

Since its founding in 2011, the Open Compute Project (OCP) Foundation has experienced some incredible momentum in a relatively short time period. As Facebook was rethinking its infrastructure to accommodate its unprecedented growth and the technology needs to support it, they made the decision to share its designs with the public. The OCP  Foundation was incorporated by Facebook, Intel and Rackspace with Goldman Sachs and Andy Bechtolsheim (joining soon after). These OCP board members sought to create the same collaboration and innovation we see in open source software in the hardware space. And that’s exactly what’s happening.

Six years later, the OCP Foundation now is a global entity, with seven  board members and nine staff members to meet the needs of the growing community. While the initial focus was on greenfield projects, 2013 saw the addition of brownfield projects as well. We now have over 52 design contributions from 11 different companies and over 70 more in the pipeline which includes solutions for both greenfield and brownfield data centers.

The Open Compute Project Foundation continues to provide a platform for individuals and organizations to share their intellectual property (IP) with others and encourage the IT industry to innovate. We welcome innovation on all levels from all sources, holding high standards for only proven and consumable products and services. As the Foundation prepares for its annual Summit in March in Santa Clara, California, the focus will be adopting OCP hardware and how users can deploy their software solutions on OCP Accepted and Inspired hardware, regardless of the type of rack they specify.

 

About the OCP Summit:

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.  

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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Summit Sponsorships Begin At A Record Pace

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 · Posted by at 9:27 AM

Sponsorship sales for the 2017 OCP Summit, to be held March 8 - 9, 2017 in Santa Clara, CA, began two weeks ago and are off to a robust start. So far, one Gold, four Silver, two Bronze, and five Copper sponsorships have been sold, as well as several promotional sponsorships. There are many different sponsorship levels available for the 2017 Summit, ranging in price from $10,000 up to $200,000 for a Platinum level sponsorship, that includes speaking opportunities, up to 35 complimentary event passes, a 20’ X 20’ booth, and extensive marketing exposure before, during and after the event.

The Open Compute Project Foundation continues to provide a platform for individuals and organizations to share their intellectual property (IP) with others and encourage the IT industry to innovate. We welcome innovation on all levels from all sources, holding high standards for only proven and consumable products and services. As the Foundation prepares for its annual Summit in March in Santa Clara, California, the focus will be adopting OCP hardware and how users can deploy their software solutions on OCP-Accepted™ and OCP-Inspired™ hardware, regardless of the rack and power types  their data center requires.

About the OCP Summit:

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 an 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.

If you want to be part of the future in, near and around the data center ecosystem now is your chance!

The deadline to return the sponsor form is Friday, January 27th, 2017. If your company is interested in exhibiting at or sponsoring the upcoming Summit, more information can be found here: summit.opencompute.org/sponsorships

Register HERE by Friday, December 23rd @11:59p PDT to lock in Early Bird pricing​; we look forward to seeing you in 2017!

Additional Summit information can be found here: summit.opencompute.org

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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As the original OCP Solutions Provider, and Platinum Level OCP Member, Hyve Solutions plays a very unique role in the Open Compute Project and has been responsible for building and integrating Open Compute Servers, delivering fully racked and tested solutions to Facebook datacenters around the globe.  With the knowledge and experience gained from working closely with Facebook and the Open Compute community, and recognizing the potential in both the large-scale datacenter space and OCP, Hyve began to develop their own line of rack and server solutions – the Ambient Series – a design heavily influenced by the Open Compute Project.

Hyve Solutions, a wholly-owned subsidiary of SYNNEX (NYSE:SNX), a Fortune-500 brand, is headquartered in Fremont, CA and has grown substantially since its inception, deploying racks in over 20 countries to the world’s largest data center customers.

“OCP over the years has changed the market completely; it was a game changer and we apply the principles and characteristics from the original OCP products into most of the products we create today” stated Steve Ichinaga, President of Hyve Solutions.

 

Hotter Running Servers Help Cool The Planet

Hyve Solutions has been an integral part of the OCP community from the very beginning, providing key insights through years of experience and contributions.  Hyve continues to prioritize the development of highly efficient solutions and has submitted a subset of their popular Ambient Series products for recognition as OCP-Accepted™.  Currently under review by the OCP Foundation, the submission was born from customers requesting many OCP-like features but within a more traditional layout.  Hyve developed the subset of the Ambient Series to address this demand and enable these customers to take advantage of these highly desired features and present them in a platform that is more easily adopted by the traditional datacenter customer.

Heavily inspired by OCP, the innovative Ambient Series was developed from the ground up to maximize overall data center efficiency while reducing deployment costs. The servers have been designed to tolerate much higher temperatures, which allows for the ambient air in a data center to efficiently cool the servers, instead of resorting to power-hungry chilled cooling systems. The result is a substantial and measurable reduction in power consumption.

“One of the differences in the Ambient Series is that it combines storage and compute into the same chassis and scales up” stated Conor Malone, VP of Engineering for Hyve Solutions. “”It pulls a lot of features from OCP that make it easier for people to adopt in existing datacenters and bridges the gap between a full OCP solution and one that will be compatible with existing modern data centers” added Steve Ichinaga. “Contributing to OCP is important, and as members we need to do our part so that others can leverage these innovations moving forward.”

 

About SYNNEX

SYNNEX Corporation (NYSE: SNX), a Fortune 500 corporation, is a leading business process services company, optimizing supply chains and providing customer care solutions for its clients. The Company distributes a broad range of information technology systems and products, and also provides systems design and integration services.  The Concentrix segment offers a portfolio of end-to-end outsourced services around process optimization, customer engagement strategy and back-office automation to clients in ten identified industry verticals. Founded in 1980, SYNNEX has over 100,000 employees worldwide. Additional information about SYNNEX may be found online at www.synnex.com.

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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