Open Compute Project

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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Dear OCP enthusiasts,

I wanted to take a second to both thank and congratulate you on the most successful event the foundation has put on yet. We could not do this without your participation or your belief in the Open Compute Project and its mission! Many of you are asking specifically about a few of the programs we are currently rolling out, and I'd like to take a minute to overview them in greater detail.

The New Hardware License / Legal Framework

During the the past two years the foundation has fielded several calls regarding the OpenWeb Foundation (OWF) license. The OWF license was, at the time of the foundation’s formation, the best place to start. We knew we might eventually need to add more licensing options, but we didn’t anticipate how quickly and how passionately this community would come together.

We are now preparing to move forward with a new licensing framework that will govern future contributions to OCP. In its first iteration, there will be two licensing options in the framework: an Apache 2-like permissive license that allows for derivative works (think OpenStack), and a more prescriptive license that will encourage upstream changes to be rolled into the original works (think Linux).

In addition to the new legal flexibility you will enjoy with the Open Compute Project Hardware License (OCPHL), you’ll be able to apply it to future contributions that will count toward Tiered Membership (which we'll talk about next).

Any current contribution released under the OWF license will be maintained until the contribution is either modified and resubmitted under the new license or until the contribution has reached its end-of-life.

It’s our hope that this new legal framework will provide you with greater flexibility in how you choose to contribute to the foundation, and will in turn add even more momentum to the stream of contributions flowing into the project. 

Tiered Membership

Late last month we shared a few details about this new and exciting program. We think this program will help you and your company get the recognition you’ve earned with all the hard work and the IP and financial contributions you’ve made to the foundation. We are in process of adopting a badged system where every email, every conference call, and every engineering workshop you participate in will be rewarded with hours toward our new tiered membership program.

One important thing to note here: While some levels of this new tiered membership program do track your level of financial contribution to the project, the foundation strongly believes in the ability to participate in the Open Compute Project for free — and that option will persist. So, for example, there will be three ways to achieve Gold status, one of which requires no financial contribution. We have also structured the program to reward the contribution of time and technology more than the contribution of funds. Platinum members, in this model, pay the least for our strongest trademark and best benefits.

Final OCP Membership Logos

Below you will find two graphs that explain the Tiered Membership program and its related benefits:

Corporate Membership Levels2

Ways to reach OCP Corporate Membership presentation2

I know you are all eager to start using these new badges, and we ask for your patience as we finalize the details of the program. Over the next month we will be scheduling a series of conference calls (determined by your membership level) to go into further detail about the program and get your feedback.

Again: Thank you so much for your continued support of the Open Compute Project. You are what makes this community great!

Sincerely,

Cole Crawford

Executive Director

 

 

 

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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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Request for Comment - OCP Hardware License Agreement

Monday, February 24, 2014 · Posted by at 12:46 PM

As announced at Summit V, OCP is now adding new hardware licensing option for our contributors.

As I mentioned in my earlier blog post, you, the community, would be given the opportunity to review this new license and give us feedback.

Below is our rationale behind the decision to create this new license:

Open hardware licensing, unlike open source software licensing, is still an emerging licensing paradigm. The goal of keeping hardware free to use is a challenging one. This document will not discuss all the additional challenges of moving from the software to the hardware context.

But there are a few differences we needed to consider:

  • The intellectual property rights related to specifications are not the same as those relating to implementations of specifications. In open source software licensing, the software serves both as the specification and the implementation, and the primary intellectual property involved is copyright. In open hardware licensing, copyright is of limited importance. The functional ideas in a specification are not governed by copyright.
  • The materials necessary to enable licensees to practice a specification are particular to a technology field. For software, it is easier to define what is necessary to modify the software. In other words, what is the “source” needed to make “open source” hardware?
  • Contributors to open hardware specifications need certainty about the scope of patent  licenses they are expected to grant. No matter how you feel about patents, one thing is sure: if companies cannot understand the patent rights they are giving up by making a contribution, they will be less likely to contribute.

 

The full rationale document covers the following and can be read at:

  • Clear Scope for Patent Grants
  • Patent Licenses as the Fundamental Intellectual Property Basis for Copyleft Obligations
  • Application to Our Technology Space
  • Downstream Contributions
  • Scope Defined by Distributed Products
  • Defensive Termination
  • Reasonable Notice Requirements
  • Scope of Improvements

 

Contributors will now get to choose between two OCP hardware license agreements.

The Open Compute Project Hardware License (Restrictive) - A GPL like license which would require anyone building on top of your contribution to share and open up their spec and design.

TheOpen Compute Project Hardware License (Permissive) - An Apache 2 like license which would allow users to use your contribution and not give their spec and design back.a

From now until March 6th we are opening up the license for review and comment by the community. You can give us feedback, ask questions or leave comments by clicking here.

These are exciting times as the OCP Foundation and community come together to give hardware contributors more options to share and open their designs and specs as we further progress the innovation in the data center and hardware ecosystems.

 

 

 

 

 





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