Monthly Archives: January 2013
The fourth Open Compute Summit was held on January 16-17, 2013, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, California. The Open Compute Summit is an international conference sponsored by the Open Compute Project (OCP) and is focused on companies and projects in the industry that are collectively working to develop the most efficient computing infrastructure possible. This was an impressive event with over 1500 attendees, many from server end users, server OEM and ODMs, storage vendors and silicon companies including ARM and its partner vendors such as Calxeda and Applied Micro.
While much less prominent than some January events – namely CES – the recent Open Compute summit may end up imparting more information regarding the direction of big computers than any individual vendor announcement. Facebook initially organised the Open Compute Project (OCP), and this was the group’s fourth such summit in the past 18 months or so. A number of big data centres – ranging from hosting companies to major financial firms – are now members, and much of the industry is now showing up to exhibit and offer support.
Last June, Open Compute Project Chairman Frank Frankosvky outlined an ambitious vision to separate the technology refresh cycle for CPUs from the surrounding equipment in a rack. Frankovsky, also a hardware executive at Facebook, said the ability to easily swap out processors could transform the way chips are procured at scale, perhaps shifting to a subscription model.
Network World – At the Open Compute Foundation summit held this week, Rackspace announced that it is following in the footsteps of founding OCF member Facebook and will build its own compute and storage servers based on the open standards the foundation has lobbied for. Rackspace plans to roll out the new OCF-based servers in its newest east coast data center, which it hopes to open in the first half of this year, says company COO Mark Roenigk.
Facebook just made a potentially game-changing announcement. It got less fanfare than Tuesday’s announcement that it is going into the social search business, but this other announcement may have bigger long-term implications for the technology industry. Put simply, some of the world’s biggest computing systems just got a little cheaper, and a lot easier to configure. As a consequence, the companies that supply the hardware to these systems may have to scramble to remain as profitable. The reason is a Facebook-led open source project.
Facebook and the Open Compute Project (OCP) announced Wednesday that they’ve made huge strides toward the goal of setting standards for the most efficient server, storage and data center hardware available for scalable computing. Facebook launched OCP 18 months ago hoping to crowdsource the problem of creating better hardware for high-scale computing. From its start with one member, Facebook, and 200 participants, the group now has more than 50 member companies and saw more than 2,000 participants attend this week’s Open Compute Platform Summit in Santa Clara, Calif.
In its quest to figure out how best to build efficient, scalable data centers, the Open Compute Project is looking to students and other independent people for ideas. Thus the hackathon at the Open Compute Summit on Wednesday. While most hackathons focus on coding, Facebook and Open Compute are hoping to use tools from companies such as UpVerter and GrabCAD to help make the collaborative problem-solving that occurs so easily around code, happen in hardware. These companies offer web-based collaboration software with UpVerter letting engineers share circuit designs and libraries and GrabCAD performing a similar service for mechanical designs.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — This morning, Facebook and a slew of big names in cloud computing and data center hardware unleashed a whole boatload of news — new hardware designs, new jobs, and new partnerships — all around the Open Compute Project. AMD and Intel both showed off some new hardware products. Rackspace announced it has customized its own server hardware around OCP designs — and contributed its customizations back to the project. And Fusion-io was talking about its new 3.2TB ioScale card, also an OCP product.
MENLO PARK, California — Since you last saw Frank Frankovsky, his beard has grown to epic lengths. And it suits him. As the man at the center of Facebook’s Open Compute Project, Frankovsky spent the last two years rethinking the very essence of the computer hardware that runs the company’s massive social network — and sharing his ever-evolving data center ideology with the rest of the tech world. He’s a kind of hardware philosopher. And now he looks like one too.
It’s hard to believe that the Open Compute Project was founded just a little over 18 months ago. At our first Summit, in June 2011, we had 200 participants, one official member (Facebook), and exactly three technology contributions (all from Facebook). Today, as nearly 2,000 people converge on Santa Clara to kick off the fourth OCP Summit, we have more than 50 official members and dozens of contributions from a wide variety of technology suppliers and consumers.
Chipmaker AMD has developed a server platform that borrows some design features from servers Facebook designed for its own data centers but open-sourced through the Open Compute Project. The platform, AMD Open 3.0, is a modified version of the Facebook Open-Compute server design called V2, a design AMD was involved in. Open 3.0 is powered by AMD’s Opteron 6300 series processors.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Perhaps the best sign of the progress made by the Open Compute Project is that companies as diverse as Rackspace Hosting, Fidelity Investments and Goldman Sachs are all running servers based on these “open hardware” designs in their data centers. In less than two years, the Open Compute Project (OCP) has grown far beyond its origins as a showcase for Facebook’s design innovations, evolving into an active community building cutting-edge hardware, disrupting the traditional IT supply chain, and laying the groundwork for future innovation.