Next OCP Engineering Workshop 13 August, 2013, in San Jose, Calif.

Tuesday, July 02, 2013 · Posted by at 13:30 PM

UPDATE:  This workshop is at capacity and we have closed registration.

The next OCP Engineering Workshop is scheduled for August 13, 2013 at Facebook's leased data center in San Jose, Calif. The all-day workshop follows on the heels of the previous workshop we held at MIT this past May.

The workshops are a great way for everyone in the community to stay more involved with Open Compute. There will be breakout sessions for all of the project tracks and a Solution Provider Workshop. The latter is for solution providers only who can hear about new initiatives that will be rolling out as well as a a discussion on the direction of the program.

To register for the event, visit This page is password-protected; to get the password, please contact Charlie Manese.

Because it's being hosted at Facebook's leased data center in San Jose, their data center team will present during the general session in the morning.


Here's the agenda:

8:00 am – Breakfast and registration
9:00 am – General Session: welcome, Foundation update, Facebook data center team presentation
11:15 am – Project team organization and breakout sessions
Noon – Lunch

Concurrent sessions:

1:00 – 6:00 – Project team breakout sessions (continued)
1:00 – 2:30 – OCP Solution Provider workshop (solution providers only)

Project teams represented will be Network, Open Rack, Motherboard, Storage and Management.

Seats are limited so register today!

We hope to see you at the workshop!

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OCP Engineering Workshop In Shanghai - September 15

Wednesday, August 21, 2013 · Posted by at 14:44 PM

The next OCP Engineering Workshop is in Shanghai on September 15!  This workshop will be a half day session in conjunction with the Cloud Connect conference.   We will have a general session address from Cole Crawford, COO of the Open Compute Project, and will focus on the OCP APAC charter and community.

Since we are part of the conference, registration will be different from our previous workshops.  In order to attend the workshop, you will need to register for either an All Access Pass or Workshop Pass with Cloud Connect.  I have a very limited number of discount codes available that I can give out.  Please contact me at for the discount code.

Register for the event here:

We hope to see you there!

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Engineering Workshop in New York - October 1

Friday, August 30, 2013 · Posted by at 1:51 AM


Registration for the OCP Engineering Workshop in the New York area on October 1 is now open!

To register for this event, visit  The event is password protected;  to get the password, please contact me at

This workshop will be held at the Goldman Sachs facility.

The leads from the Compliance and Interoperability (C&I) and the Hardware Management project committees will attend, so if you are involved in these teams or want to get involved in these projects, please join us.

Even if you are in a different working group, since these areas touch and impact the technologies across the project teams, please feel free to join in and provide your input.  Storage, Motherboard and Networking leads will also attend this session.

At this workshop, our new Community Manager, Amber Graner, will give an introduction to the tool set that the OCP community will use to collaborate and communicate.


8:00 am – Registration and breakfast

9:00 am – General session

Open Compute Project Foundation Update – Cole Crawford, COO of OCP
Enabling Community – Amber Graner, Community Manager of OCP
Contributing to the OCP Community – Eric Wells and Matthew Liste, Project Leads

10:45: am – Project team organization and breakout sessions

Noon – Lunch

1:00 – 6:00 – Project team breakout sessions (continued)

See you in New York!


Transportation information:

From DoubleTree hotel (455 Washington Street, Jersey City)

  • Take Light Rail from Harsimus Cove stop to Essex Street stop (direction 22nd Street / West Side). Stops right by 30 Hudson Street.

  • Or take taxi, five minute ride.

 From Conrad hotel (102 North End Avenue, New York)

  • Walk one minute. Take ferry from World Financial Ferry terminal to Paulus Hook. Stops right outside 30 Hudson.

  • Walk five minutes. Take PATH from World Trade Center to Exchange Place. Walk five minutes south to 30 Hudson.

 From other New York City locations

  • Take PATH from World Trade Center to Exchange Place. Walk five minutes south to 30 Hudson.


  • Closest parking lot is at 33 Hudson Street, $15 for 12 hours.



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Facebook's perspective on serviceability and operational efficiency

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

UPDATED - Webinar on October 24, 2013

By Charlie Manese, Facebook Hardware Design team

At Facebook, because of our scale, we require that solutions deployed in our data center be engineered for maximum operational efficiency and serviceability.

The data center team works closely with the hardware design team to ensure this. Our designs incorporate features such as front-of-rack serviceability, toolless repair operations, and simplicity.

We’ve completed time-in-motion studies, streamlined processes for inventory and repair, and have developed scorecards to that help us evaluate and compare different hardware solutions.

Below is a table of the time-to-repair comparison of different kinds of web servers that have been deployed in our environment:

 Time to repair


If you're interested in learning more about how Facebook thinks about serviceability and operational efficiency, and you missed the original event, I'll be joining a Hyve webinar on October 24, 2013.


For more information on the event, please see


Hope to see you there!


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Open Compute Server for Open Rack Chassis CAD Available

Thursday, December 19, 2013 · Posted by at 4:04 AM

The Open Compute Project has released the CAD files for the chassis of the Open Compute Server in Open Rack. They are available here (in four parts):

Please keep your contributions coming! Enabling the community with specifications, CAD files, board layouts and other material helps our mission of bringing efficient, scale-out computing into the open.


Contributing is easy:

  1. Become a member
  2. Pick a project where your contribution fits. Engage with the project lead and the community
  3. Sign the CLA
  4. Contribute your specs, CAD files, board files to the community for review
  5. Have your contribution accepted by the Incubation Committee


If you need help along the way, let me know at and I can point you in the right direction.


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