Monthly Archives: August 2013

Linaro Brings Open Source Test Platform to Open Compute Project

Linaro,  the not-for-profit engineering organization developing open source software for the ARM® architecture, today announced that it has joined the Open Compute Project (OCP), an initiative launched by Facebook in 2011 to increase technology efficiencies and reduce the environmental impact of data centers.OCP applies open-source software principles to the hardware industry to drive the development of the most efficient computing infrastructures at the lowest possible cost.

Moving data with silicon and light

Building BlocksIntel® Silicon Photonics Technology is a new approach to make optical devices out of silicon and use light (photons) to move huge amounts of data at very high speeds with extremely low power over a thin optical fiber rather than using electrical signals over a copper cable. After nearly a decade of research and innovation to prove its viability, Intel created a P&L (Silicon Photonics Solutions Group) in 2012 to move the project into production.

How Facebook made Quanta redesign its servers

A view of the interiors of Facebook's new server hall in LuleaStoring pictures over a period of time is a challenge for even small households. So how does a company like Facebook, with over 1.1 billion users posting millions of images every second, overcome their big data problem? When Facebook decided to open a new data centre at the Arctic coast town of Lulea in Sweden and redesign its old one in Oregon, USA, it also changed the way servers were made till then.


Software-agnostic switch to set Facebook freeFacebook’s infrastructure team has succeeded in getting nearly every part of the data center to do exactly what the applications need it to do – except its network switches. The team has designed its own servers and storage arrays, their data centers have their own mechanical and electrical designs, and even the IT racks have been reinvented.

A Rare Tour Of Facebook’s Hardware Labs And The Amazing Stuff It Builds There

Facebook hardware labs 05People share more than 4.75 billion things every day on Facebook, like status updates, wall posts, photos, videos and comments, Facebook says. They also “Like” more than 4.5 billion things daily and send more than 10 billion messages. It requires a mind-boggling huge technical infrastructure to deliver all of that — hundreds of thousands of servers, hard drives, and so on.

The Open Compute Project

Jay Parikh (@jayparikh) is VP Infrastructure, Facebook. We talk about where The Open Compute Project has been and where it is going! For more information check out The Open Compute Project Web page.

IBM, Google Team on OpenPOWER Consortium

google-coldaisleIn a bid to reinvigorate its POWER processor architecture,IBM this week announced a new development alliance called the OpenPOWER Consortium, with Google, Mellanox, NVIDIA and Tyan as initial members. Battling a diminishing server market overall, on top of competition from the Open Compute Project and other industry initiatives, IBM hopes that OpenPOWER will build advanced server, networking, storage and GPU-acceleration technology on the POWER platform. The consortium makes POWER IP licensable to others and for the first time will make POWER hardware and software available to open development.

A Storm of Servers: How the Leap Second Led Facebook to Build DCIM Tools

fb-lulea-fullracksASHBURN, Va. – For data centers filled with thousands of servers, it’s a nightmare scenario: a huge, sudden power spike as CPU usage soars on every server. Last July 1, that scenario became real as the “Leap Second” bug caused many Linux servers to get stuck in a loop, endlessly checking the date and time. At the Internet’s busiest data centers, power usage almost instantly spiked by megawatts, stress-testing the facility’s power load and the user’s capacity planning.

Inside the Arctic Circle, Where Your Facebook Data Lives

Inside the Arctic Circle, Where Your Facebook Data LivesEvery year, computing giants including Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), Dell (DELL), andCisco Systems (CSCO) sell north of $100 billion in hardware. That’s the total for the basic iron—servers, storage, and networking products. Add in specialized security, data analytics systems, and related software, and the figure gets much, much larger. So you can understand the concern these companies must feel as they watchFacebook (FB) publish more efficient equipment designs that directly threaten their business. For free.