Monthly Archives: March 2014

Facebook’s Open Compute guru Frank Frankovsky leaves to build optical storage startup

Frank Frankovsky of Facebook holding an AppliedMicro board at the January 2013 OCP event. Frank Frankovsky, Facebook’s vice president of hardware design and supply chain optimization, who helped oversee the development and growth of the company’s custom server effort, has left the social networking company to form his own as-yet-unnamed startup that will focus on building optical storage for the enterprise. In an interview with me, Frankovsky said he had resigned from Facebook last week to pursue this idea. Meanwhile, Jason Taylor, Facebook’s director of infrastructure, has assumed responsibility for the hardware design and supply chain teams at Facebook and will continue working with the Open Compute Project on Facebook’s behalf.

Evolving Open Compute Project Transforming HPC

Quanta Rackgo XSince its creation by Facebook in April 2011, the Open Compute Project (OCP) has been rapidly evolving – and that’s good news for the HPC community. As originally conceived by Facebook, OCP’s charter was to develop open standards for the design and delivery of the most efficient server, storage and data center hardware designs for scalable computing.  It’s no surprise that particular emphasis was placed on large data centers focused on huge web workloads. The computational and energy requirements of Facebook’s 334,000 square foot Prineville, Oregon data center was a major motivator for the OCP initiative.

Facebook data center certification lab to be unveiled in Taiwan

Taipei, March 1 (CNA) A Facebook Inc.-led data center certification laboratory will be officially unveiled in Taiwan later this month, according to Taiwan’s Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI). Established on Dec. 27, 2013 to become the world’s first of its kind, the lab, located in Hsinchu, northern Taiwan, will be officially unveiled on March 3, ITRI said on its website. Part of the Open Compute Project (OCP) promoted by Facebook, the lab will start certifying submissions from data centers around the world by testing whether the applicants’ hardware, software and operating systems meet the standards of Facebook’s server designs, the institute said in a statement.