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OCP Mascots and Naming Poll

Monday, August 01, 2016 · Posted by at 0:00 AM

At last year’s summit, we introduced a new mascot, OCPete. Characters, or mascots, are a great way to humanize and personalize a brand, and have been used successfully for over a century. We plan to build on this creative tool in order to help tell our ever expanding story.

 

OCPete now has a friend, and we need your help in giving her a name! Our new mascots are passionate about sharing and working together. Their mission is to help make it possible for more organizations to consume OCP gear, collaborate with the OCP community and contribute new efficient, flexible, and scalable hardware and software solutions to the OCP ecosystem. You may also see OCPete and his new friend around our website offering assistance from time to time so keep an eye out for them!

 

OCP Characters

 

So click on the following link to select your choice for OCPete’s new friend. Thanks!

 

OCP members help the OCP Foundation and community in many ways and we’d like to extend a special thank you to Cumulus Networks for helping make these mascots a reality.

 

To help us name OCPete’s friend go to:

OCP Mascots and Naming Poll

 

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2016-2018 Project Lead Election Results

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

The Open Compute Project (OCP) Foundation would like to thank all those who participated in this election. We know it’s been a much anticipated result.

 

The OCP Foundation and community is effective because of our members who give of their time, talent and treasure.  Each of you play an important role in accelerating the consumption of OCP gear, as well as the continued cultivation of collaboration efforts of the project communities and the increasing quality and openness of the contributions to OCP.  We can’t say, “thank you” enough.

 

2016-2018 Project Leads

 

Without further ado, below is the list of project leads for the 2016 - 2018 Term.  Please join me and the OCP Foundation in welcoming the following individuals. (Names in Bold are the newly elected project leads, other names are returning project leads)

 

  • C&I - Asim Rasheed (IXIA) and David Woolf (UNH-IOL)

  • Data Center - Jason Schafer (Google) and Robert Bunger (Schneider Electric)

  • HPC - Devashish Paul (IDT) and Manoj Roge (Xilinx)

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

  • Networking - Carlos Cardenas (Cumulus) and Omar Baldonado (Facebook)

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

  • Server - John Stuewe (Dell) and Siamak Tavallaei (Microsoft)

  • Storage - Jorge Campello (HGST) and Per Brashers (Yttibrium)

  • Telco- Kang-Won Lee (SK Telecom) and Bryan Larish (Verizon)

 

We would also like to thank those project leads who did not seek re-election or were not re-elected. Many thanks for your leadership and tireless efforts to make the OCP Community what it is today and I hope you and your organizations will continue to participate in and contribute to the OCP Community.

 

  • C&I - Anita Kou (ITRI)

  • HPC - Thomas Somers (Rex Computing)

  • Hardware Management - Rajeev Agrawala (Goldman Sachs)

  • Hardware Management - Badriddine Khessib (Microsoft)

  • Server - Mark Shaw (Microsoft)

  • Storage - Asghar Riahi (Red Hat)

  • Telco - Craig White (Nokia)

 

And a special thanks to all those nominees who were willing to lead but did not get elected this time around.  Thank you for being part of the process and it is our hope that you and your organizations will continue to participate and support the OCP Foundation and its community.

 

  • Jerry Luo (Ericsson)

  • Steve Noble (Big Switch Networks)

  • Lihua Yuan (Microsoft)

  • Scott Boynton (Canonical)

  • Mike Valentine (Goldman Sachs)

  • Jean-Marie Verdun (Horizon)

  • Kaizhong Gao (Individual)

  • Doug Haunsperger (Dell)

IC Telco Representative Announced

 

We’d also like to take this opportunity to announce that Fernando (Fred) Oliveira of Verizon has been appointed to the OCP Incubation Committee (IC) to represent the OCP Telco Project.  The OCP Board reserves the right to appoint the first project lead and IC member for a new project.  In the case of the OCP Telco Project, when it was moved to a top level project from a working group there was already a project lead in place; however, there was not an IC representative and the OCP Board of Directors choose to exercise their right to appoint the first IC Telco Representative.

 

Fred is a Verizon Fellow currently working on SDN and NFV architecture and responsible for the architecture of the Verizon Cloud Platform. Fred  joined Verizon in 2011 through the acquisition of CloudSwitch Corporation where as Chief Architect, he led the technology architecture and product direction. Prior to joining CloudSwitch, Fred was Chief Architect of the Cloud Infrastructure Group at EMC where he led the development of the Atmos storage system. Before joining EMC, Fred held leadership roles at Conley Corp, Stratus Computer, Apple Computer and Kendall Square Research. Fred has a BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Connecticut and has been granted 22 patents in the areas of virtualization, system software and storage.

 

Please join the OCP Foundation in welcoming Fred Oliveira to the OCP IC.

 

IC Data Center Representative Special Election   

 

We recently announced that William (Bill) Carter is now the OCP CTO and as such he will be unable to serve on the OCP IC committee as the OCP Data Center Project Representative.  Now that the Project Lead elections are over we will be announcing a special election to fill this role.  More information on this special election will be announced in another blog post next week.

 

Again, the OCP Foundation would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to our former project leads and to all those we were willing to be nominated for a project lead seat.  Congratulations to all those who have been elected and we at the Foundation look forward to working and collaborating with you all.

 

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You’re invited!

The Open Compute Project (OCP) Foundation looks forward to seeing everyone at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) on 10 August 2016 from 8am to 5pm.  The Engineering Workshop (EW)is free to attend, but registration is required.  

This workshop will focus on Data Center, Networking, Open Rack and Telcos.  We will also have members of the OCP Foundation on site to go over various community topics on OCP Participation, Membership, Contribution Process and more if needed.

What is an OCP Engineering Workshop?

Each year the OCP Foundation hosts a series of Engineering Workshops (EW) to help grow the OCP community.  The goals of these workshops include:

  • Increase community participation
  • Increase the OCP technology portfolio
  • Drive the product-ionization of OCP’s specifications  
  • Solidify specification versioning pipeline, release process, naming conventions
  • Understand the OCP supplier and member needs
  • Implement OCP’s legal framework (CLAs, Licensing, Membership and more)
  • Build out/address technologies for new sectors

The OCP EWs are meant to be working sessions that should be technical in nature and are designed to allow the OCP Project Communities--C&I, Data Center, Hardware Management, HPC, Networking, Open Rack, Server, Storage and Telco-- to come together to work on the goals and set the direction of each project as it supports the mission and vision of the OCP Foundation. 

These EWs are designed to encourage, empower, and inspire the OCP community to communicate, collaborate and contribute! These events are free to the public, but do require registration. If you are an OCP Member then attending an OCP Engineering Workshop also counts toward your OCP Tiered Membership time requirement. Those organizations who sponsor an OCP Engineering Workshop will be credited with a percentage of their sponsorship toward their tiered membership financial requirement.

Since we encourage our contributing members to share their specifications and designs for the community to provide input to them prior to their final release it is important to remember that by providing feedback during this workshop, whether in written or oral form, you (and your organization if you are attending on behalf of an organization) grant OCP and its members the irrevocable rights to use the feedback for any purpose without further obligation to you.

Registration

The focus areas for this workshop will be Data Center, Networking, Open Rack and Telco with the possibility (if needed) for OCP Community sessions. Again, this is a free event and open to the public, but registration is required; please register HERE.   Space is limited, but there are still a few seats available.

Please note:  If you are a member of the press and will be attending this event, please let us know when you pick up your badge. 

Agenda*

*Please note agenda is subject to change

Time

Topics

Location and Information

8:00a - 9:00a

Registration/Breakfast

Great Hall - Come early, pick up your badge and network with other attendees.

9:00a - 9:15a

Welcome and Introductions

Lecture Hall - Amber Graner, Operations Director and Community Manager, OCP Foundation

 

9:15a - 9:30a

UNH Presentation

David Woolf, Data Center Initiatives Lead, UNH-IOL and OCP C&I Project Co-Chair

9:30a-10:30a

Contribution Process Updates and General Questions and Feedback                                                                                                                                         

Bill Carter, OCP CTO to present on Contribution Process updates; OCP Staff and Project Leads to take questions from the audience if time allows.

10:30a - 10:45a                                                            

BREAK

 

10:45a - 12:00p

Google and Facebook to present on the proposed 48v updates to the Open Rack Standard.

This presentation will kick of the community discussion around the proposed changes and inclusions for Open Rack Standard v2.0. Click here to review the proposed spec prior to the workshop.

12:00p - 1:00p

LUNCH

 

1:00p - 2:30p                                                     

Project Group Breakouts

Rooms will be assigned the event and based on number of participants per breakout

 

Open Rack/Telco

Google/Facebook to continue the joint discussion of 48v updates to the Open Rack Standard and gather input from the Telco community.

AT&T MicroOLT update (Tom Anschutz) 15 mins

 

Orange update on OCP work and timeline for submissions (Jeremy Huylebroek) 15 mins

 

Debrief & Open discussion OCP Telco Operator meeting in Seoul + outcomes (Daniel Chang) 45 Mins

 

Data Center

(15 - 30 min): Open discussion on Scope of the project (from hardware and software perspective)

(30 min): Open discussion on specification priorities as a group (both existing as well as any not in the works that we may want to add). The ultimate goal of this is submission / publishing

(30-45 min): Discuss specifications/submissions that are still in "review" phase that people need to look at, comment on, and finalize.

Target of this should be divide and conquer (specify volunteers to review and comment each spec) and as a group come up with rough target dates for review finalization and ultimate submission to the IC.

Objective Deliverables for Engineering Workshop: For each spec currently in "Review", a list of volunteers to review and a target date for feedback / finalization.




 

Networking

Tour of UNH-IOL Facilities - David Woolf, UNH-IOL (Have you seen what a tier 1 testing facility looks like?  Join us in exploring the new digs at UNH-IOL.)

2:30p - 2:45p

BREAK

 

2:45p - 5:00p

Project Group Breakouts

Continued

 

Open Rack/Telco

Google/Facebook to continue the joint discussion of 48v updates to the Open Rack Standard and gather input from the Telco community.

Initiatives operators agreed on driving – Panel discussion incl. Q&A – (Verizon, SKT, DT, others) around 90 min
CG-OpenRack-19 Specification review (Radisys) 45 mins

 

Data Center

(1 hr+): Charter Development - Review what has already been done and work to finalize.

Objectives:

Preliminary outline of what to include / take out / add and ideally some volunteers on who will take the first crack at those sections.

Method of submission, review, and final aggregation of the charter sections. At present this is in a single doc but this may not be the best way to accomplish it in an open source environment.

(30 min): Open Discussion -Open to anyone who may want to present a topic to this group; however, topics must be sent to the group via the mailing list for review prior to the workshop.

 

Networking

CMI/OOM - Finisar - The Common Module Interface/Open Optical Monitoring is an OCP project that defines a common interface for NOS vendors. This talk will focus on what's next for CMI/OOM as new interfaces and capabilities are explored.

Programmable Pipeline for ASICs  - Prem Jonnalagadda, Barefoot Networks and Cavium Networks

Designing next generation ASICs is tedious with plenty of trade offs that must be considered up front (buffers, table sizes, protocol support, and port-to-port latency, etc...).  What if that wasn't the case?  What if the end user had the ability to reprogram the ASIC for their solution?  In this talk, we will explore why a programmable pipeline was chosen over the traditional model and which applications can best utilize them.

Campus, Branch, and Wireless Update - Canonical and others - Did you know there's more than data center networking going on in OCP?  Join us for the latest update from our CBW sub-group and take a sneak peek of Snappy on wireless APs.

Standard check in for project updates - Various - Missed out on the latest project call(s)?  No worries, we'll perform our standard 'role call' of where the various projects/efforts are at.

Venue

University of New Hampshire

Peter T. Paul College
10 Garrison Ave
Durham, New Hampshire

PARKING: please park in the Mill Road Visitor Lot - you will receive a code in advance of the workshop to use for free parking at the automated kiosk.

MAP/DIRECTIONS to Mill Road Visitor Lot:

Google Map to Parking
UNH Map w/Parking
UNH Mobile App

Directions from Mill Road Visitor Lot to Peter T. Paul College: once you park go to the far side of the parking lot and take a right onto Quad Way, (the Memorial Union Building will be in front of you).  At the intersection of Quad Way and Main Street, cross the street and take a left heading up Main Street.  Take your first right onto Garrison Avenue and enter the Paul College through the main entrance facing Main Street.

Airports

Hotels

The following is a list of hotels near the venue:  

Sponsors

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The OCP workshops are made possible by the support of our members as we’d like to offer a special thank you to the UNH and its Interoperability Lab (IOL) as well as Fidelity Investments for making this event possible.

Video

Networking Session (Afternoon)

Telco Session (Afternoon)

 Open Rack Session (Afternoon)

About OCP:  

The Open Compute Project Foundation is a 501(c)(6) organization which was founded in 2011 by Facebook, Intel, Rackspace, Goldman Sachs and Andy Bechtolsheim. Our mission is to apply the benefits of open source to hardware and rapidly increase the pace of innovation in, near and around the data center and beyond.

Find out more about you can participate in the OCP Community at: http://opencompute.org/participate

 

 

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The Open Compute Project (OCP) Foundation would like to introduce a new event to the list of OCP events--OCP Technology Day. An OCP Technology day will focus on enabling software solutions on OCP Hardware.

Registration is now open for the first OCP Technology Day. This event will take place from 10am to 6pm on Tuesday, 30 August 2016 at Facebook in Menlo Park, California.  Speakers from Facebook, Canonical and Red Hat will focus on deploying and running scale-out software such as Openstack, GlusterFS, Metal-as-a-Service and others.

Join us and learn how you and your organization can optimize your infrastructures and minimize cost by taking advantage of open software running on open hardware. Special speakers from Google and Microsoft will also speak about unique challenges surrounding running servers and storage at massive scales.


Registration

REGISTRATION IS CLOSED - WE ARE SOLD OUT - NO DAY OF REGISTRATION WILL BE ALLOWED.

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Limited seating is available. We will maintain a waitlist for this event.  

By registering for and attending this event you agree that by providing feedback during this event, whether in written or oral form, you (and your organization if you are attending on behalf of an organization) grant OCP and its members the irrevocable rights to use the feedback for any purpose without further obligation to you.

Agenda* (Updated Agenda)

*Agenda Subject to Change (We will continue to update the agenda on this blog post and the event page as we finalize with each presenter)

TIME         TOPIC            INFORMATION        
9:00am - 10:00am   Registration      
           
10:00am - 10:30am   Welcome   Amber Graner, Operations Director and Community Manager, OCP Foundation  
           
10:30am - 11:30am   Facebook Presentation  

Title: Gluster; Scale out storage
Presenter: Richard Wareing

Abstract: This talk provides an in-depth overview of deploying and managing open source Gluster POSIX file system on OCP hardware at scale.
Facebook operates one of the largest Gluster environments in the world, and the talk will focus on challenges, approaches and lessons learned from using it under production workloads.
 
           
11:30am - 12:30pm   Microsoft Presentation  

Title: Open CloudServer vNext – Architecture of the next platform system including compute and storage
Presenter:  Mark Shaw

Abstract: Abstract: Microsoft Azure's Cloud Server Infrastructure team has been standardizing its server designs for years now with its first contributions of the Open CloudServer to Open Compute Project over two years ago.  Going forward Microsoft is re-vamping it's Open CloudServer vNext architecture with a system that is more modular, flexible and lower cost than before.  Focused on EIA 19" rack deployments, OCS vNext has been designed to better meet the widely varying needs of the OCP community.  OCS vNext will be contributed early in the design cycle, long before completion allowing the OCP community opportunity to build upon and work plans for delivery.  In this session, you'll be provided an overview of the system and features along with the plan for rolling out to the OCP community.

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12:30pm - 2:00pm   LUNCH      
           
2:00pm - 3:00pm   Red Hat Presentation  

Title: (Em)Powering Open Hardware with Open Source Software

Presenters: Thomas Cameron, James Labocki, Gregory Jones

Abstract: In this presentation, Red Hat will talk about the software and hardware communities and our vision that drives the enterprise datacenter.  Red Hat will explore Open Source software and hardware for enterprise compute - OpenStack, ManageIQ.org, Ceph.org, Gluster.org, and Ansible. In addition, we will go into detail how our hardware certification fits in this enterprise.

 

 
           
3:00pm - 4:00pm   Canonical Presentation  

Title:Embracing Big Software and Apps on OCP Hardware to Reduce Costs and Accelerate Innovation

Presenter:Christian Reis, Product Manager, David Duffey, Director of Technical Partnerships, and Luke Williams, Open Networking Technical Partner Manager

Abstract:Canonical will be presenting how to automate the deployment and management of datacenter servers, storage, and networking using Open Source that enables choice. This includes being able to select your preferred cloud platform like OpenStack, big data solution, SDN, VNFs, network control software (FBOSS, Quagga, etc.), and even the operating system on OCP servers and app-enabled OCP networking gear.

 
           
4:00pm - 5:00pm   Google Presentation   Title: Disks for Data Center
Presenter: Lawrence Ying

Abstract: Disks form the central element of Cloud-based storage, whose demand far outpaces the considerable rate
of innovation in disks.Exponential growth in demand, already in progress for 15+ years, implies that most future disks will be in data centers
and thus part of a large collection of disks. We describe the “collection view” of disks and how it and the focus on tail latency,
driven by live services, place new and different requirements on disks. Beyond defining key metrics for data-center disks,
we explore a range of new physical design options and changes to firmware that could improve these metrics. 

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5:00pm - 6:00pm   Cocktail Social    Facebook  

Venue

Facebook Campus - Menlo Park

Building 20

1 Facebook Way

Menlo Park, California 94015

Travel

Airport

 

Hotels

 

 

Additional nearby hotels: https://goo.gl/maps/RDUVVCRMFbP2

 

Sponsors

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This OCP Technology Day and other OCP events are made possible by the support of our members and we’d like to offer a special thank you to Facebook for making this event possible.

About OCP:  

The Open Compute Project Foundation is a 501(c)(6) organization which was founded in 2011 by Facebook, Intel, Rackspace, Goldman Sachs and Andy Bechtolsheim. Our mission is to apply the benefits of open source to hardware and rapidly increase the pace of innovation in, near and around the data center and beyond.

Find out more about you can participate in the OCP Community at: http://opencompute.org/participate

 

 

 

 

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OCP Engineering Workshop at UNH - Event Summary

Monday, August 29, 2016 · Posted by at 10:40 AM

On 10 August, 2016, The Open Compute Project (OCP) Foundation hosted 110 attendees from 63 organizations, including, AT&T, Cumulus, Dell, Deutsche Telekom AG, Accton, Facebook, Fidelity Investments, Google, Intel, Microsoft, Nokia,, Orange, Penguin Computing, Radisys, and Verizon at the InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL) at the University of New Hampshire. It was a full day workshop with great community involvement and collaborative discussions.

The day began with a General Session which included a welcome from the OCP leadership team, including Amber Graner, Operations Director and Community Manager, and Corey Bell, Co-Chief Executive Officer. Also introduced were new team members Michael Schill, Community Support Specialist and Dirk Van Slyke, Director of Marketing and Communications.

Bill Carter, the Foundation’s new Chief Technology Officer, introduced the updated OCP INSPIRED™ and OCP ACCEPTED™ contribution program processes.

There were 4 tracks that were held after lunch and included the following OCP Project groups: Open Rack, Telco, Networking and Data Center.

The afternoon tracks included a series of information sessions and collaborative workshops:

  • The attendees saw from Facebook and Google a first review of the proposed 2.0 release of the Open Rack Standard which now includes optional 48VDC distribution, in-rack battery backup, and robust, efficient specifications for in-rack rectifiers.
  • There were updates on various projects and efforts including Open Optical Monitoring (OOM), SAI, CBW
  • AT&T, Orange, and Deutsche Telekom shared  their progress on the journey to open hardware adoption
  • SK Telecom highlighted  their plans to deploy OCP hardware in Korea
  • The Networking group talked about the evolution of the programmable pipeline in switching ASICs
  • Radisys shared a rack design that adds carrier grade features, shared power, and optical interfaces to the industry standard 19” wide EIA rack.
  • Tours were available of UNH-IOL's new facilities while they were performing an OCP L1 Interop Plugfest on 100G.

The video (where possible) and presentations can be found at:

Did you miss this Engineering Workshop?  Would you like to attend future events?  If you answered yes to the above questions then make sure you bookmark our events page and check back often for updates.

About OCP:  

The Open Compute Project Foundation is a 501(c)(6) organization which was founded in 2011 by Facebook, Intel, Rackspace, Goldman Sachs and Andy Bechtolsheim. Our mission is to apply the benefits of open source to hardware and rapidly increase the pace of innovation in, near and around the data center and beyond.

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Early this month, we announced that we were adding another category of Open Compute Project (OCP) Foundation events -- OCP Technology Day [http://opencompute.org/blog/introducing-ocp-technology-day-30-august-2016-menlo-park-ca-registration-now-open/].

An OCP Technology Day is meant to showcase software solutions on OCP (Open) Hardware. Through these events, we move up the stack and continue to build on the strength of open hardware as we showcase how communities come together to consume, collaborate, and contribute to the infrastructure ecosystem.

Like most open communities, we stand on the “shoulders of giants”. In 2011, Facebook, along with Rackspace and Intel, formed the OCP Foundation to help drive open source hardware innovation in, near and around the data center ecosystem. The OCP community and its collaboration with others in the data center space continues to grow.

Today we are pleased to welcome another Facebook led collaborative initiative: the opening of a lab space in their Menlo Park office for vendors to test their software on open hardware—hardware that is open sourced through OCP—and for potential adopters to test-drive their software solutions. We are thrilled that we at OCP will be working closely with Facebook to help drive software solutions on OCP contributed hardware.

“We built a lab space specifically for vendors to test their software on open hardware. We hope this will help advance the industry even faster and make the idea of using open hardware more appealing to smaller companies that may not have the resources to develop or rely on custom solutions,” noted Facebook in a blog post earlier today.

It’s exciting to see software vendors, such as Canonical and Red Hat, test some of their products on hardware that has been contributed to OCP. We look forward seeing the results of this testing in our first OCP Technology Day. The hardware that was used for testing and validation by these organizations include:

We're looking forward to more open hardware being added to the lab and encouraging software vendors to test and validate their solutions. Additionally, we're working out the details of how the software that is tested and validated in Facebook’s lab space becomes part of the OCP reference architecture line-up.

If you can answer yes to any of the below questions, then you and your organization should consider leveraging Facebook’s lab and joining the OCP Foundation to have your software solutions listed as an OCP reference architecture.

  • Are you a current or a potential adopter of OCP hardware?
  • Do you have an interest in a particular software package?
  • Are you a software vendor considering certifying on OCP hardware?

About OCP:  

The Open Compute Project Foundation is a 501(c)(6) organization which was founded in 2011 by Facebook, Intel, Rackspace, Goldman Sachs and Andy Bechtolsheim. Our mission is to apply the benefits of open source to hardware and rapidly increase the pace of innovation in, near and around the data center and beyond.

Find out more about you can participate in the OCP Community at: http://opencompute.org/participate

 

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