Open Compute Project

The Open Compute Project (OCP) Foundation would like to announce that nominations are now open for its OCP Project Leads. Starting today, Monday 6 June through Monday 20 June 2016, project members can begin nominating candidates for the project lead positions.  If you or someone you know would like to run for one of the project lead positions please fill out the webform.

Current project leads are eligible to run for these positions as well.

OCP Project Seats Available:

  • Certification and Interoperability (C&I)
  • Data Center
  • Hardware Management
  • High Performance Computing (HPC)
  • Networking
  • Open Rack
  • Server
  • Storage
  • Telco

Roles and Responsibilities:

Leadership of an OCP project is, by far, one of the most important volunteer roles within the OCP ecosystem. 

The role of an OCP Project Lead includes (but not limited to):

  • facilitate discussions, both online and in-person, that empower and encourage project participants to communicate, collaborate, and contribute to OCP in an open and transparent manner;
  • support the direction of the Foundation by effectively communicating those goals to their projects through the OCP mailing lists, monthly calls, OCP events and various other tools;
  • drive communication between their projects and the Foundation;
  • work closely with the Foundation to grow the reach of their respective projects and that of the OCP ecosystem;
  • focus on the needs of the project participants, the project goals, and the OCP Foundation’s goals and philosophies.  

In addition the Project Leads must be able to infuse their project with the following traits:

  • strong community leadership
  • world wide collaboration
  • inclusive vs exclusive approach
  • technical excellence
  • focus on innovation 

Term:

 2 years - July 2016  - July 2018

Eligibility:

To be considered eligible to run in this election nominees must be either an Individual OCP Member or belong to an OCP Member organization.  Some restrictions apply.

Nominations: 

Individuals may be self-nominated or can be nominated by another project member. All nominees must be either an individual member or belong to an OCP Tiered Member organization. Co-leadership is encouraged and for some nominees may be required. Membership status will be verified and if any issues are found with the nominee's eligibility an email will be sent prior to the testimonial phase.  Click here to nominate yourself or someone you know.  

Voting:

To be eligible to vote for a project lead in this election individuals must be an OCP Member (Individual or Tiered) and signed up for the mailing list on the OCP project they wish to cast a vote in.

Foundation Employees and OCP Board of Directors are also eligible to vote for the Project Leads.

Those who wish to vote should make sure they have created an account on the OCP website and signed up for the OCP Project mailing list that wish to cast a vote in no later than 20 June 2016. If you belong to a member organization then please use your organizational email address on both the OCP Mailing list and for your account on the OCP Website.

Election Timeline:

  • 6 June 2016 - Call for Nominations Starts
  • 20 June 2016 - Call for Nominations Ends
  • 21 June 2016 - Publish list of Nominees
  • 21 June 2016 -  Testimonial Phase Starts
  • 5 July 2016 - Testimonial Phase Ends
  • 6 July 2016  - Voting Phase Begins
  • 20 July 2016 - Voting Phase Ends
  • 21 July 2016 - New Leads Announced
  • 22 - 31 July  - Transition/On-Boarding of New Project Leads
  • 1 August 2016 - New Project Leads Assume Project Responsibilities

Restrictions and Limitations:

  • To be eligible for nomination you must create your profile on the website and be signed up for the OCP Project Mailing list you wish to  participate in on or before 20 June 2016 at 5pm Central.
  • All nominations must be added to the webform no later than 5pm central on 20 June 2016.
  • You must be an individual member (by creating your profile you are signing the individual agreement) or an employee of a member organization in good standing in order to be nominated. Nominee membership will be validated by 20 June 2016.
  • You must belong to them mailing list of the OCP Project you wish to participate in no later than 20 June 2016.
  • Individual, Community and Silver level tiered members can hold no more than 1 leadership position at any one time.
  • Gold level tiered members are eligible to hold no more than 2 leadership positions at any one time.
  • Platinum level tiered members are eligible to hold no more 3 leadership positions at any one time.
  • No person shall hold more than 2 leadership positions at any one time.
  • Leadership positions are defined as OCP Board Member, OCP Incubation Committee (IC) member (excludes chair and vice-chair), OCP Project Leads and OCP Approved Regional Community Leaders.

Questions and More Information: 

If you have any questions about this election please email elections@opencompute.org.

If you have any questions about the status of your individual or organization membership please email membership@opencompute.org.

More information about this election can be found at:

http://www.opencompute.org/wiki/Governance

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OCP Engineering Workshop Summary

Thursday, June 16, 2016 · Posted by at 12:44 PM

On 2 June 2016, we wrapped our second engineering workshop of the year, in San Jose. We hosted more than 100 attendees from 68 companies, including AT&T, Cumulus, Facebook, Google, and Nokia, at Quanta's San Jose office. Topics of discussion included some of the technical trends and challenges various industries among the OCP community are facing: C&I, Data Center, Networking, Storage, and Telecommunications.

We've provided an overview of key takeaways from a few of our community discussions below.

Telco

After the OCP Telco working group was moved to a top-level project in January, project co-lead Craig White led a collaborative discussion on what it means to bring the culture of openness that OCP offers to data center technologies for telecommunications companies. The discussion touched on how OCP will work with service providers, how ongoing discussions will be formatted, and how the group will prioritize next steps and challenges as we look toward the second half of the year.

Storage

Red Hat: Jacob Shucart, Sr. Cloud Storage Solution Architect, shared his view on what the future of storage will look like for the broader industry, including shifts toward the following:

  • Common off-the-shelf hardware for a lower cost, standardized supply chain
  • Scale-out architecture for increased operational flexibility
  • Software-based intelligence for more programmability, agility, and control
  • Open development process for more flexible, well-integrated technology

The conversation continued with a deep dive into overviews and specific use cases for Ceph and OpenStack, web application storage, multi-site object storage, erasure coding, webscale applications, databases, and kernel module flexibility.

Enmotus: Andy Mills, Co-founder and CEO of Enmoutus, discussed how the community can add analytical behavioral intelligence to the block storage layer. He provided an overview of the current state of evolving applications, stack, and devices and how the OCP community can tap into a fast and efficient storage device virtualization (SDV) layer, how behavioral analysis and automation of storage devices plays a role, both Enmotus FuzeDrive, which is a hybrid SSD class storage for any Intel or ARM class storage server, and open REST/JSON for storage device telemetry data collection.

Networking

Benu Networks: Rajat Ghai, CTO of Benu Networks, shared the 30,000-foot view of Open CBW (Campus, Branch, Wireless) and described two corresponding perspectives, including networking-centric and IT-centric. He also emphasized the benefits of leveraging the openness that Linux offers into a full stack OCP CBW.

Mellanox: Amit Katz, Vice President of ethernet switch sales at Mellanox, introduced Leaf-Spine, which is a 100GbE switch that works for hyperscale with fewer restrictions and external dependence, including eliminating the use of a proprietary, vendor-specific hardware, having the ability to scale without charging network design, and without dependency on vendor's proprietary features.

SnapRoute: Jason Forrester, CEO of SnapRoute, introduced FlexSwitch, which is a network protocol stack that allows you to manage, deploy, and program everything with a common API, run any agent, load only the protocols you need, includes HAL supports and extends SAI, OpenNSL, and OF-DPA, and provides complete choice of merchant silicon, CPU, and NOS. Below are some examples of what's available in FlexSwitch:

  • Hardware platforms, including Wedge-40, Wedge-100 Celestica, Mellanox, Acton, and Barefoot
  • ASICS, including Broadcom Trident II, Tomahawk, and Barefoot (software simulator)
  • Protocols, including BGP, BFD, IPv5, ECMP, and policies

Please keep an eye out for our next OCP Engineering Workshop on the calendar here.

If you or your organization is interested in participating in the OCP community please take a look at our participation page. If you'd like more information on becoming an OCP member please email membership@opencompute.org.

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Bill and Michael 1We are excited to announce that Bill Carter has joined the Open Compute Project Foundation as chief technology officer. As CTO, Bill's first priority will be to ensure OCP members have a complete and cohesive library of building blocks that can be shared across the Open Rack and 19” EIA rack architectures. He'll also focus on creating more opportunities for sharing tested configuration information and hardware/software deployment recipes in an effort for the whole community to better leverage the learnings from each design, validation test, and deployment.

Bill has been actively involved with OCP since 2012, working on the open rack and server projects, and he was instrumental in creating the OCP Telco Project. He was previously the OCP Telco Project’s co-chair. Prior to becoming OCP's CTO, Bill was a data center architect at Intel, working in Intel’s Data Center Group. Bill helped large cloud services companies adopt new technologies and methodologies for data center facility design, energy management, virtualization, performance, and resource utilization. As an example, Bill worked across the industry to cut energy usage by raising the data centers’ operating temperatures. His collaborative work on hybrid liquid cooling, which delivers much higher compute density, was recently published in the ASHRAE journal.

Michael Schill also recently joined the OCP Foundation, as a community support specialist. Michael will be working with each of the project groups, helping drive spec/design review, IP tracking, and general community outreach.

Since it began almost six years ago, the Open Compute Project has grown to include hundreds of companies and thousands of participants. We've seen more than two dozen new contributions accepted by OCP in just the past year. New companies and industries are getting involved with OCP to reimagine hardware, making it more efficient, flexible, and scalable. Join our global community of technology leaders working together to break open the black box of proprietary IT infrastructure to achieve greater choice, customization, and cost savings.

 

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Announcing the nominees for the OCP Project Lead elections. The OCP Foundation would like to thank all the nominees who have agreed to run for these seats. The testimonial phase will open tomorrow, 28 June 2016.

Leadership of an OCP project is, by far, one of the most important volunteer roles within the OCP ecosystem.

Roles and Responsibilities

The role of an OCP Project Lead includes (but not limited to):

  • facilitate discussions, both online and in-person, that empower and encourage project participants to communicate, collaborate, and contribute to OCP in an open and transparent manner;
  • support the direction of the Foundation by effectively communicating those goals to their projects through the OCP mailing lists, monthly calls, OCP events and various other tools;
  • drive communication between their projects and the Foundation;
  • work closely with the Foundation to grow the reach of their respective projects and that of the OCP ecosystem;
  • focus on the needs of the project participants, the projects goals, and the OCP Foundation’s goals and philosophies.  

In addition the Project Leads must be able to infuse their project with the following traits:

  • strong community leadership;
  • world wide collaboration
  • inclusive vs exclusive approach
  • technical excellence
  • focus on innovation

Nominees

As we enter the testimonial phase of this election, we are pleased to announce the following members of our community which have been nominated for the 9 Project Lead seats.

The following 3 project lead seat nominees are running unopposed and will not require a community vote.

  • HPC - Devashish Paul (IDT) and Manoj Roge (Xilinx)
  • Hardware Management - Bernie Meier (Ericsson) and Norman James (IBM)
  • Open Rack  - Brian Obernesser (Fidelity) and Steve Mills (Facebook)

The following 6 project lead seat nominees will require a vote:

C&I nominees:

  • Asim Rasheed (IXIA)
  • David Wolf (UNH-IOL)

Data Center:

  • Jerry Luo (Ericsson)
  • Jason Schafer (Google) and Robert Bunger (Schneider Electric)

Networking:

  • Carlos Cardenas (Cumulus) and Omar Baldonado (Facebook)
  • Steve Noble (Big Switch Networks) and Lihua Yuan (Microsoft)
  • Scott Boynton (Canonical) and Mike Valentine (Goldman Sachs)

Server

  • John Stuewe (Dell) and Siamak Tavallaei (Microsoft)
  • Jean-Marie Verdun (Horizon)

Storage

  • Jorge Campello (HGST) and Per Brashers (Yttirbium)
  • Kaizhong Gao (Individual)

Telco

  • Kang-Won Lee (SK Telecom) and Bryan Larish (Verizon)
  • Craig White (Nokia) and Doug Haunsperger (Dell)

Starting tomorrow 28 June through 11 July you will be able to add a testimonial for your support of the various nominees. (Links will not be available until Tuesday 28 June 2016) Voting for C&I, Data Center, Networking, Server, Storage, and Telco will begin on 12 July and end on 26 July. The results of the poll will be announced on 27 July 2016.

Timeline for the election phases (Updated)

  • 6 June 2016 - Call for Nominations Starts
  • 20 June 2016 - Call for Nominations Ends
  • 27 June 2016 - (was 21 June 2016)  - Publish list of Nominees
  • 28 June 2016 - (was 21 June 2016) -  Testimonial Phase Starts
  • 11 July 2016 - (was 5 July 2016) - Testimonial Phase Ends
  • 12 July 2016 - (was 6 July 2016)  - Voting Phase Begins
  • 26 July 2016 - (20 July 2016) - Voting Phase Ends
  • 27 July 2016 - (21 July 2016) - New Leads Announced
  • 27 - 31 July 2016 - (was 22 - 31 July 2016)   - Transition/On-Boarding of New Project Leads
  • 1 August 2016 - New Project Leads Assume Project Responsibilities

To leave a testimonial between 28 June and 11 July,  please click on the nominees name you would like to endorse and leave a comment.  

UPDATE: If you do not have a Facebook account and you wish to leava a testimonial, please email the testimonial to the OCP mailing list that corresponds with the OCP Project Lead nominee you wish to endorse.  Example if you want to endorse someone running for the Networking Project Lead seat then you would post to the OCP Networking Project mailing list. You will also need to email elections@opencompute.org so we can look for your endorsement and link to it when we repost it the nominees page.

As a reminder, you needed to be signed up on both the mailing list and as an individual member on or before 20 June in order vote.

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 individuals and organizations to participate in OCP; online project meetings, OCP events, submit a spec, review a spec, read 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 2016-2018 Project Lead Elections - Testimonial Phase Open

Tuesday, June 28, 2016 · Posted by at 2:59 AM

The Testimonial Phase of the OCP 2016-2018 Project Lead Elections is now open and the Foundation would like to thank all the nominees.

In 2013 we moved to a community election model for our volunteer leadership and to date this is our largest group of nominees.  This is a testament to our active and collaborative community.  We look forward to seeing what the future holds and how this next group of project leads will collaborate with the OCP Incubation Committee, the OCP Foundation and their respective project communities to help drive consumption of, collaboration in and contribution the OCP ecosystem.

The testimonial phase of the election gives each nominee or team of nominees the opportunity to have their supporters offer public endorsement.  Starting today, 28 June through 11 July you will be able to add a testimonial endorsement for the nominees of your choice. To add a testimonial you will need to go to the page of the person you wish to endorse and add your support for that nominee to the comment box.  Only those nominees who are running for a project seat that requires a vote have pages.  You will not be able to add a testimonial for those who are running unopposed.

UPDATE: If you do not have a Facebook account and you wish to leava a testimonial, please email the testimonial to the OCP mailing list that corresponds with the OCP Project Lead nominee you wish to endorse.  Example if you want to endorse someone running for the Networking Project Lead seat then you would post to the OCP Networking Project mailing list. You will also need to email elections@opencompute.org so we can look for your endorsement and link to it when we repost it the nominees page.

The following 4 project lead seat nominees are running unopposed and will NOT require a community vote. You will not be able to leave a testimonial for these nominees.

  • C&I - Asim Rasheed (IXIA) and David Woolf (UNH-IOL) (update: Asim and David have decided not to run against one another, but to co-lead the C&I group together)
  • HPC - Devashish Paul (IDT) and Manoj Roge (Xilinx)

  • Hardware Management - Bernie Meier (Ericsson) and Norman James (IBM)

  • Open Rack  - Brian Obernesser (Fidelity) and Steve Mills (Facebook)

The following 5 project lead seat nominees will require a vote.  You will be able to leave a testimonial for these nominees.  If there is no link with a nominees name, that means we are still waiting for their information.

Data Center:

Networking:

Server:

Storage:

Telco:

Voting for the OCP 2016-2018 Project Lead seats will begin on 12 July and and end on 26 July 2016.  The results of the poll will be announced on 27 July 2016.

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 individuals and organizations to participate in OCP; online project meetings, OCP events, submit a spec, review a spec, read 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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