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Open Compute Summit : When Facebook started down the path of creating the Open Compute Project (OCP), part of its reasoning was that too many vendors hide the underlying silicon from the world of users. That part of the project seems to be having its desired effect, with Broadcom using the OCP Summit to announce that it’s going to give developers API access to its silicon under Facebook’s FBOSS operating system and Microsoft’s Switch Abstraction Interface (the latter also shown off at the summit for the first time).
Years ago, Facebook Inc. announced that it was embarking on an initiative to enable data center operators to use any number of software options after buying a vendor’s hardware. A novel idea, but little has been heard since this long- ago announcement until very recently, when Facebook announced a major development with its Open Compute Project. The Open Compute Project, the name given to this initiative by Facebook, has been successful in moving forward on defining a network switch that could be used on many operating systems to make this a reality.
It has been a year since Facebook announced that its Open Compute Project had an initiative focused on defining a network switch that could be used with a variety of operating systems, so that data center operators would not get locked into using a single vendor’s software once they bought that vendor’s hardware. Facebook’s wish to disaggregate networking hardware from networking software has now been granted. Two switch designs (one by Mellanox and the other by Broadcom) were submitted to Open Compute for approval, and Facebook is already testing a handful of the Broadcom boxes in production in its data centers, Najam Ahmad, director of network engineering at Facebook, said.
Open Compute, or OCP for short, is an organization that was founded by Facebook in 2011. According to the organization’s website, Open Compute’s goal is to “build one of the most efficient computing infrastructures at the lowest possible cost.” Open Compute attempts to achieve this goal chiefly by: 1) eliminating “gratuitous differentiation” by hardware vendors and 2) making designs for hardware and data centers “open source” to foster innovation.
The Open Compute Project (OCP) is pushing forward with its efforts to develop an open, OS-agnostic top-of-rack switch. Earlier this week, it highlighted four specifications from Broadcom, Cumulus Networks, Intel and Mellanox under consideration by the OCP incubation committee. The OCP was launched in 2011 by Facebook with a focus on developing open data center components such as racks and servers. The group, now a non-profit foundation, expanded its charter six months ago to include network hardware.
MENLO PARK, Calif. – The Open Compute network switch is moving closer to reality. Broadcom, Intel and Mellanox have each submitted specifications for a top-of-rack switch to the Open Compute Project, and were on hand at Facebook headquarters Monday to promote their contributions to the open-source hardware initiative.
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Broadcom, Intel, and Mellanox have developed competing specifications for datacenter switches, responding to a call from the Facebook-led Open Compute Project. OCP called earlier this year for open specs for software-agnostic leaf and spine switches to complement its existing specs for streamlined servers. The specs aim to speed innovation in networking hardware, “help software-defined networking continue to evolve and flourish,” and give big datacenter operators more flexibility in how they create cloud computing systems, said Frank Frankovsky, a Facebook datacenter executive and chair of the OCP Foundation in a blog posted Monday.