Open Compute Project

Voting Phase: OCP IC Open Rack Seat Special Elections Begins

Monday, February 01, 2016 · Posted by at 1:07 AM

The voting phase for the OCP Open Rack Incubation Committee (IC) Seat Special election started on 29 January and will remain open until 11 February 2016 at 6:00pm (CT).

Nominees

Participants will be able to choose between the following nominees:

We would like to thank all the past, current and future IC members for their willingness to encourage, empower, and inspire the OCP project communities to communicate, collaborate and contribute!

Timeline

The updated timeline is as follows:

12 Nov - 3 Dec 2015

Nomination Phase*

3 Dec 2015

Contact Nominees

19 Jan - 28 Jan 2016

Testimonial Phase

29 Jan - 11 Feb 2016

Voting Phase

12 Feb 2016

Results Announced

* all nominations are subject to eligibility verification.

Who is eligible to vote?

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. Qualifying memberships must be current as of 28 January 2016 in order to vote.  Each key is tied to an email address and can not be shared.

How do I vote?

Eligible Voters will receive an email which will guide them through how to vote. If you believe you should have received a voting key for the OCP Open Rack IC seat and did not, please contact, Amber Graner.  

What is the voting tool that is used?

We use the Condercet Internet Voting Service (CIVS) which was developed by Cornell University. CIVS is a free Internet voting service that makes it easy to conduct polls. Each voter ranks a set of possible choices. Individual voter rankings are combined into an anonymous overall ranking of the choices.

More information about our governance process can be found here.

Again, the Foundation would like to thank all of those who have been nominated.  None of our successes would be possible without the support and participation of you and your organizations.

Get Involved

The OCP Foundation has many ways for an individual or organization to participate: online project meetings, OCP events, spec submission or review, follow our blog, join our Facebook group, add us to your G+ circles, follow us on Twitter, join our mailings and much more. To find out more about getting involved in OCP, click here.

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OCP U.S. Summit 2016: Announcing Keynote Speaker Lineup

Thursday, February 11, 2016 · Posted by at 5:08 AM

OCP 2016 Summit Logo

 

Open Compute Project Foundation is excited to announce some of our keynote speakers at the upcoming OCP U.S. Summit 2016 on March 9 & 10!

The OCP Summit will feature a packed lineup of must-see keynote speakers. We are thrilled to welcome inspirational leaders from a range of industries representing the future of openness in technology and hardware design.

To kick things off, Jason Taylor, current President and Chairman of the Open Compute Project, and VP of Infrastructure at Facebook, will discuss the state of OCP and the development of technology that will help enable new waves of OCP gear adoption.

Jay Parikh, VP of Engineering at Facebook and Jason Waxman, VP & GM for the Cloud Platforms Group at Intel will each speak about their new contributions to innovation in the OCP ecosystem, as well as the use cases to demonstrate the impact of open hardware.

Mark Russinovich, CTO of Azure at Microsoft, will speak about the advantages of taking an open approach to cloud computing, as well as Microsoft’s work in contributing their innovations to OCP.

The telecommunications industry is embracing open technologies in a big way, and to reflect the growth of the newly formed OCP Telco Project, we compiled a panel discussion featuring Ken Duell, Assistant VP at AT&T; Daniel Brower, VP of Business Development at Deutsche Telekom; Kang-Won Lee, SVP of R&D at SK Telecom; and Mahmoud El Assir, SVP and CIO – Global Technology Services at Verizon.

And drawing upon the rich tradition of innovation at Bell Labs, Peter Winzer, Ph.D and Head of the Optical Transmission Systems and Networks Research Department will tell us about the importance of bringing innovation to challenges like optical communications and capacity scaling for data centers.

If you haven't yet registered for this exciting event you may do so here:registration.opencompute.org

Regular pricing ends on Monday, February 29; register now to save $100! We look forward to seeing you at OCP U.S. Summit 2016!

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When Matt Corddry, stepped down as the Open Compute Project Incubation Committee (IC) representative for the OCP Open Rack Project it triggered an OCP special election.  

The nominees for the OCP Open Rack representative to the IC  included:

The OCP Foundation would like to extend a thank you to Matt Corddry for his time as the OCP IC Open Rack representative as well as to James, Russ and Eran for running for this position. We would also like to thank the community for their patience and understanding through this process.

The poll closed on 11 Feb 2016 and the results of this special election vote are as follows:

Eran Tal will be the new OCP Open Rack representative to the IC.  He will remain the IC representative until August 2016 when the next full IC election is scheduled to take place.

Again we thank James and Russ as well as all past representatives for their willingness to volunteer and help drive adoption and innovation in, near and around the data center through their volunteerism and passion for open collaboration.

Please help the OCP Foundation welcome and congratulate Eran Tal as he begins his new role on the OCP IC.

To find out how you or your organization can participate in the OCP Community take a look at our Getting Involved Page.

 

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Do you have a great idea for innovating data center technologies or want to hack on hardware to seed your company? Register today and join us for our Hardware Hackathon at the OCP U.S. Summit 2016 on March 9-10 in San Jose, California. 

You could win cash prizes to help you seed your initial idea - up to $10K! Winners will present their hacks and receive their prizes on stage during OCP U.S. Summit 2016.

Hackathon seating is limited to 100 people. Everyone who registers and participates will receive a special OCP Hackathon t-shirt. We ask that once you register for the hack, you participate in the entire hack, which will last 12-24 hours over the course of the two-day summit.

The OCP Hardware Hackathon will consist of 2 tracks: the first track will encompass all active hardware projects under the Open Compute Project -- Server, Storage, Network, Open Rack, Hardware management; the second track allows you to hack on hardware that is outside of the existing active OCP projects.

What we will provide:

As in previous hacks we will provide a set of components and tools at the hack. We have partnered with 3M, Avago, Fluke, Berk-Teck, Electrorack, Legrand, Delta and more.  We encourage you to bring with you any tools (software or hardware) or components that are necessary for your idea.

Things you and your organization will need to do prior to the hackathon:

  • Pick a project to Hack and form a team at the Meet and Greet on March 8th at 7pm; details provided on the Hackathon registration page
  • Determine what you want to accomplish during these 2 days with your team
  • Determine what additional tools and materials you will need to bring with you
  • Work through the "ideation" (creative) process of your Hack

 

Registration is free for the hackathon, but restrictions apply. Registering for the Hackathon does NOT permit you to attend OCP U.S. Summit 2016 event, it will only give you access to the hackathon and demo equipment area. If you would like to register for the Summit please do so here. Registering for the Summit will also allow you to participate in the Hackathon. Thank you!

More information on past Hackathons can be found here.  

Keep Calm and Hack on!  See you in San Jose!

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OCP Welcomes the Telecom Infra Project (TIP)

Monday, February 22, 2016 · Posted by at 12:50 PM

Earlier today, a set of operators, infrastructure providers, system integrators, and technology companies came together with Facebook to announce the Telecom Infra Project (TIP). TIP draws a lot of inspiration from the successful community-led structure of OCP, and we welcome this effort to bring new innovation and efficiency to telecom network infrastructure.

Just a few weeks ago, many of the same participants in TIP joined the OCP Telco Project, our initiative to focus on data center technologies for telecom companies. By preparing the OCP community to address the specific technical and operational requirements of telcos, we are setting up telco data center infrastructure to be the latest industry to achieve increased cost-savings and flexibility through OCP innovations.

The OCP Telco Project now has participation from leaders across the telecom industry, and their embrace of openness and community-led innovation is a significant validation of the OCP model. Seeing these companies want to take these principles and expand them to other infrastructure areas outside the data center like the traditional telecom network stack is a development that the OCP community can look to with pride. Working side-by-side with TIP, we look forward to unlocking new opportunities based on a community-driven, open approach to telecom infrastructure.

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Mark Russinovich, CTO of Azure at Microsoft will take the keynote stage this year during the OCP U.S. Summit 2016 at the San Jose Convention Center to speak about the advantages of taking an open approach to cloud computing, as well as Microsoft’s work in contributing their innovations to OCP.

We had the opportunity to ask him a few questions to get some insight into his vision for the future of open technology. Check it out below!



 

Q: What motivated you to get into your areas of expertise?

A: When I was in seventh grade, I first became hooked on computer programming after I was introduced to an Apple IIe. ‘Computational thinking’ just clicked with me as a way to constructively seek a solution to a specific problem. It was one of the earliest feelings of empowerment that I can remember. That set me onto my career path, ultimately leading me to pursue a PhD in computer science and to where I am today.

Q: What is your vision for the future of open hardware? 

A: Cloud computing is continuing to transform businesses across all industries, driving the need for greater agility, scale and faster time to market. The hardware industry is no exception, and these demands will likely drive a transition from closed proprietary platforms to open platforms. With hardware serving as the foundation for infrastructure, this will have implications on cloud computing vendors. For Microsoft in particular, this transformation will continue to drive convergence between architectures for the public cloud and private/hybrid clouds, ensuring consistency in computing models between the two environments.

Q: What is the vision of your team at Microsoft, spanning over the course of the next 5-10 years?

A: It may sound simple, but our vision is focused on continuing to meet customers where they are as the cloud continually drives change at a mind-boggling pace. Across all industries, businesses are relying on the cloud to make things work better, faster – from intelligently predicting the health needs of patients, to predicting when airplane fleets need servicing – and these businesses need help in staying on top of the cloud’s rapid evolution. We’re uniquely suited to helping these businesses embrace the speed, scale and economic benefits and innovation the cloud is driving, while not needing to rip and replace their existing legacy infrastructure investments – and over the next few years, I expect to see more and more businesses going all-in to the cloud as they realize what it helps them achieve.

Q: What are some key milestone technical advancements you've made in the past year?

A: Our vision for the next 5-10 years is also the right lens to look back at our technical advancements over the past several months. Innovations like our recent preview of Azure Stack are an important example of us meeting customers where they are in the cloud. Azure Stack is a first-of-its-kind hybrid cloud platform product that lets organizations use our cloud platform, Azure, in their own datacenters – letting them achieve true consistency between on-premises and public cloud environments to help organizations to the cloud on their own terms. For other customers, their issues are getting their arms around the complexities associated with massive cloud scale and speed. For example, some of our customers are grappling with how to scale applications in today’s “always on” cloud age, where issues like lifecycle management, performance and high availability pose a problem for older applications. The answer is in microservices, an emerging approach where complex applications are composed of smaller, independent components that work together to deliver an application’s functionality – in turn enabling a much easier, faster way to update apps and have them support the pace of change in the cloud. We released a preview of our microservices platform Service Fabric several months ago and are continuing to innovate in this area.

Q: What are you most looking forward to at OCP Summit this year?

A: I’m most excited about connecting with the OCP community and sharing updates on Microsoft’s contributions with them – as well as our overall open source journey. Over the past months, I’ve frequently been speaking about Microsoft’s commitment to open source in the cloud, where we are working to enable choice and flexibility for customers across a wide range of tools, platforms and programming languages.

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OCP U.S. Summit '16 - REGISTRATION Extended Through March 4

Monday, February 29, 2016 · Posted by at 11:09 AM

We are pleased to announce that we are extending the regular registration price of $400 through March 4 for the OCP U.S. Summit 2016 on March 9th & 10th. Onsite registration will go up to $500 - save $100 by registering here today!

The OCP Summit will feature a packed lineup of must-see keynote speakers. We are thrilled to welcome inspirational leaders from a range of industries representing the future of openness in technology and hardware design.

To kick things off, Jason Taylor, current President and Chairman of the Open Compute Project, and VP of Infrastructure at Facebook, will discuss the state of OCP and the development of technology that will help enable new waves of OCP gear adoption.

Jay ParikhVP of Engineering at Facebook and Jason WaxmanVP & GM for the Cloud Platforms Group at Intel will each speak about their new contributions to innovation in the OCP ecosystem, as well as the use cases to demonstrate the impact of open hardware.

Mark Russinovich, CTO of Azure at Microsoft, will speak about the advantages of taking an open approach to cloud computing, as well as Microsoft’s work in contributing their innovations to OCP.

The telecommunications industry is embracing open technologies in a big way, and to reflect the growth of the newly formed OCP Telco Project, we compiled a panel discussion featuring Ken Duell, Assistant VP at AT&TDaniel Brower, VP of Business Development at Deutsche TelekomKang-Won Lee, SVP of R&D at SK Telecom; and Mahmoud El Assir, SVP and CIO – Global Technology Services at Verizon.

And drawing upon the rich tradition of innovation at Bell Labs, Peter Winzer, Ph.D and Head of the Optical Transmission Systems and Networks Research Department will tell us about the importance of bringing innovation to challenges like optical communications and capacity scaling for data centers.

Additional details including exhibitors/sponsors, agenda, venue maps and more can be found here: summit.opencompute.org

We hope to see you there!

 

 

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