Monthly Archives: October 2013
Linaro has joined the Open Compute Project (OCP) as an official member and contributes the LAVA LMP (Linaro Multi-purpose probe) to the foundation 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.
Facebook’s graph search feature requires finding and serving the right data fast, and from a database that currently houses more than a trillion posts and 700 terabytes of data overall. In a Thursday morning blog post, engineer Ashoat Tevosyan dove into some of the challenges of building infrastructure that can handle these demands.
For years, Quanta Computer has been building servers for Facebook and Rackspace based on design concepts advanced by the Open Compute Project (OCP). Today Quanta QCT launched a line of hardware products making those Open Compute designs available to a broader pool of customers.
Quick question: which is the largest open source company on Earth? That’s easy, right? It’s clearly Red Hat. After all, the company pulls in over $1 billion each year selling services around open-source software like Linux and JBoss. But as I’ve argued before, such a distinction fits a very old-school understanding of open source business. Back in 2009, I suggested that Google was the world’s biggest open source company, given the copious quantities of code it contributes, not to mention its source code repository, inspiration of massive projects like Hadoop and other contributions.
Calxeda, the company bringing efficient ARM-based SOCs into the datacenter, is proud to announce today that Frank Frankovsky, chairman and president of the Open Compute Foundation, has joined its board of directors. Calxeda has worked closely with the Open Compute Project, joining as an official member in January 2013 with support for the OCP “Group Hug” common slot specification. Frankovsky had previously served as an informal advisor to Calxeda executives.
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Facebook is a classic example of an exponentially growing business with extreme scale IT needs that cannot do things in the data center the way traditional large enterprises do. It would go broke if it did. Or more precisely, it might have never gotten outside of Mark Zuckerberg’s Harvard dorm room. Facebook’s software and the infrastructure on which it runs are literally the business. The company has been relentless in hacking all parts of its stack, from PHP compilers down to servers and out to data center designs.
Those who imagine that virtualization is an essential ingredient of cloud computing must have been mystified to discover from my post on Monday thatFacebook prefers not to use the technology. Instead of abstracting away the hardware layer as conventional wisdom suggests one should do in a cloud architecture, Facebook very much factors it in, with its insistence on designing its own custom-built database machine. What’s going on? In fact it’s replication not virtualization that counts in cloud computing — the ability to scale out across an elastic multitude of identical instances.
Some people will tell you that Google and Facebook and Amazon are beside the point. They acknowledge that Google designs its own computer servers and other hardware for the massive data centers powering its web empire. They admit that Facebook does much the same thing, contracting with manufacturers in Asia to build its custom hardware. And they realize that most of the big web players — from Google, Facebook, and Amazon to Twitter and Yahoo — build all sorts of custom software platforms for juggling unprecedented amounts of online data. But they say the big web players aren’t like other companies, that this custom engineering work doesn’t mean that much for the rest of the world.