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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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Bringing ONIE to the Server

Friday, October 31, 2014 · Posted by at 5:39 AM

Today, the Foundation is delighted to announce that Canonical and Cumulus Networks are working to bring ONIE (Open Network Install Environment) to the server.  ONIE was first created to solve the problem of laying down a network operating system in an open/standard way.  The "modern" way to achieve this today is through PXE (Preboot eXecution Environment). Whether you know it or not there is a license fee attached to Nic PXE inclusion. By removing this cost we have an opportunity to yet again drive differentiation and cost out of the hardware we procure.

This is a prime example of how Open Compute is driving collaborative and industry redefining innovation.  
 
“ONIE started as breakthrough technology to enable open networking, bringing freedom and choice of hardware and software for networking users everywhere,” said Reza Malekzadeh, VP of Business at Cumulus Networks. “With Canonical’s commitment this modern and robust provisioning technology can now extend to compute and reach all of the data center infrastructure”. 
 
“We are delighted to commit to full support for ONIE in MAAS, accelerating adoption for modern physical machine provisioning in OCP and beyond," added Mark Shuttleworth.
 

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