Open Compute Project

The OCP Networking Project members recently met at the OCP Engineering Workshop in Boston, hosted by Fidelity. It was a full day of vibrant discussions that left us feeling excited and optimistic about what's coming next. As we reflect on work done in the past year, a couple of takeaways stand out:

  • The OCP Networking Project has had a fantastic year in 2015. Thanks to our community members who have contributed specifications, packages, and countless hours of engineering discussion and reviews, we have made great strides across our three priority areas: networking hardware, networking software, and testing.
  • Looking ahead to 2016, our group will expand our vision and priorities. To accomplish our ambitious goals, we welcome newcomers onto our team who want to help us build further toward our vision of a disaggregated and open network on the OCP Networking Project.

 

Hardware – Mellanox Switches Accepted

Last October, we officially accepted the first OCP switch from Accton. Since then, several other contributions have been officially accepted, including the Alpha Networks 10G switch and 40G switch, and the Accton Open Rack Switch Adapter.

Today, we are happy to announce the acceptance of two new OCP switches from Mellanox, the MSX1410OCP 10G Switch and the MSX1710OCP 40G Switch. Consistent with the OCP philosophy, these two new switches feature complete and open design packages that are available for download. These switches also support a number of OCP software projects such as ONIE and SAI.

What differentiates these switches is that they are the first to feature a different switching silicon: SwitchX-2 by Mellanox. Prior contributions by Accton and Alpha have been based on the Trident2 family by Broadcom. This is an exciting milestone for the OCP Networking Project because we're diversifying our set of open networking hardware on the market.

On a similar theme, Accton also shared the specifications for a Cavium-based 32x100G switch during our OCP Networking Project meeting at the OCP Engineering Workshop. This switch will proceed through the community review process, along with other shared switches from Broadcom/Interface Masters, Facebook, and Inventec.

Software

The OCP Networking Project has been making great progress across our three accepted software projects: ONIE, Open Network Linux (ONL), and SAI:

  • ONIE continues to be adopted across dozens of switch platforms and is also actively being used in the interoperability testing program (more on that below).
  • Open Network Linux was demo’ed on top of the Facebook Wedge switch at the OCP Engineering Workshop and is continuing increased adoption.
  • SAI offered a number of demos throughout the summer across multiple chips (Broadcom, Mellanox, and Cavium). Mellanox showed SAI working on their Spectrum 100G chip. Barefoot also showed their P4-based SAI test framework.


During the OCP Networking Project workshop, we also reviewed the HP Open Switch project, which has the potential to introduce an open Network Operating System that can run on OCP hardware switches. We held an open discussion about how this project fits into our software model for the OCP Networking Project. Broadcom also presented an overview of how OpenNSL and their Broadview monitoring software is being actively used in the HP Open Switch.

Testing

We started testing initiatives in earnest within the OCP Networking Project this year, which includes the recent strides from our partnership with the UNH Interoperability Lab. The OCP Networking Project can test complete solutions—including the system, optics, and software—to better understand how they meet our specifications and performance standards. The results and collaborative findings from the testing phase, including the actual test equipment configuration, are available for the public to review.

Looking ahead to 2016 – Faster, Higher, Broader

Looking ahead to 2016, we're excited to expand our portfolio of work by focusing on the following:

  • Faster Hardware – We want to continue the growth momentum we're seeing now, and expect more in 2016. We will continue to introduce faster switch speeds, as well as creating faster adoption of OCP switches by growing our community of OCP Networking Project members.
  • Building Beyond Lower Level Software Layers – Up until now, we’ve focused on the lower-layer building blocks of software: ONIE, Open Network Linux, and SAI. Now that we have a stable foundation in place, we can start to focus on the layers higher up the stack, including full NOS, orchestration/provisioning/automation, and monitoring.
  • Broader Testing – While we're focused on disaggregating and opening up networking on the OCP Networking Project team, we plan to focus more on the integration process so the community can more easily piece those disaggregated components back together. Expect more interoperability testing with more OCP hardware and software, along with non-OCP networking gear.


Thanks again for a great 2015, and we're looking forward to 2016!

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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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