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SAN JOSE, Calif. – Facebook is creating the next generation of open hardware, building new technologies into its data center platform. The social network is leveraging an alphabet soup of powerful technologies – including SSDs, GPUs, NVM and JBOFs – to build new servers and storage gear to accelerate its infrastructure.
Goldman Sachs Group Inc. has begun to accelerate its purchase of cheaper servers running open source software. It’s the outgrowth of an open source project begun by Facebook Inc. in 2011 to re-engineer the hardware in its own data centers to be more efficient. Many companies including Goldman Sachs have since contributed to the project.
Facebook’s FB artificial intelligence, or AI, research unit has already open-sourced most of its code and research. Now for the first time, Facebook is sharing its own AI hardware design. The Menlo Park, Calif.-based company is open-sourcing the design of its newest server for large-scale artificial intelligence (AI) computing, which it plans to submit to the Open Compute Project, which shares designs of data center products among a number of large companies.
As the theme goes this year, what’s old is new again. And not just in terms of technologies like deep learning or FPGAs, which are suddenly returning to life with new vigor. The trend appears to suit select companies as well. Consider, for instance, Penguin Computing, which opened its doors in 1998 to kickstart the burgeoning Linux server space with the hopes of tracking down customers in the scale-out enterprise world as well as the emerging dot com companies.
Nov. 10 — Penguin Computing, a provider of high-performance computing, enterprise data center and cloud solutions, today announced the deployment of YJ America’s OpenStack infrastructure on Penguin Computing’s Relion OCP servers for customer Yahoo! JAPAN. The adoption by Yahoo! JAPAN with Penguin Computing’s partner ITOCHU Techno-Solutions America, Inc. validates Penguin Computing’s global reach, partnership focus and ability to address the largest and most complex workloads in computing.
Since 2011, the Open Compute Project (OCP) has been building and proposing specifications to enable new classes of servers and data center gear. Cole Crawford has been a key figure in OCP, serving as the group’s Chief Operating Officer from 2012 to 2013 and as an executive director from 2013 to this month. Crawford is now taking his OCP experience and funneling it into a startup called Vapor. Vapor has a new data center server system called the Vapor Chamber, which in some respects resembles the look of the new Apple Mac Pro.
Open Compute Summit : HP has made its bid for relevance in the modern data center with a new line of servers aimed at “rack scale” and “cloud scale” deployments. The HP Cloudline servers, unveiled at the Open Compute Project Summit in San Jose, California this week, are the fruit of a collaboration between HP and Chinese manufacturing giant Foxconn that was announced last year.
Global data centre hardware producer Quanta Cloud Technology (QCT) has opened two new offices in China and Japan responding to demand for sales and support services across the two regions. QCT specialises in the design and manufacture of hardware employed in large-scale data centre operations for web giants such as Facebook. It is a branch of Quanta Computer, the Taiwanese compute manufacturer which produces IT products for some of the world’s leading tech companies.
The Open Compute Project (OCP) helps large corporate customers get the best deal for their money, according to Cole Crawford, its executive director. During an opening keynote at the DCD Converged conference in London, he compared OCP to a ‘buyer’s club, an organization that pools its members’ collective buying power, enabling them to make purchases at lower prices than are generally available, or to purchase goods that might be difficult to obtain independently.
Microsoft has released the second-generation server design specification created to support all of its 200-plus cloud services into the public domain. This is the second server spec the company has contributed to the Open Compute Project, a Facebook-led initiative to bring the ethos of open source software development to hardware and data center design. Microsoft became the second data center operator to open source its server design specs (first one was Facebook) in January, when it joined OCP and announced its first OCP server.
There are certain ways of doing things in hardware engineering, and engineers simply follow these rules because there’s no use fighting them even if they wanted to. Frankly, most don’t even think about it because it’s just a given, but during a recent tour of Facebook’s hardware lab, director of engineering Matt Corddry, says Facebook scale requires them to rethink the old rules and let engineers imagine outside industry standards.
Some think the cloud will be stored and driven on white box technology – no-name computers and datacenter processors assembled for peanuts in their millions using mass-produced, non-specialist parts. Others say initiatives like Facebook’s Open Compute are the future. The company aims to create a wide-scale, open, bare bones computing infrastructure by re-engineering everything from network architectures to motherboards and power supplies to find new, low cost efficiencies and alternatives.
On Thursday, June 26, the WHIR is excited to be hosting a webinar with HP called the Top 5 Considerations for Transitioning to Open Compute. The free webinar kicks off at 1 pm ET, and will feature a presentation from Curt Belusar, HP Director of Platform Research and Development. During the presentation, Belusar will share the top considerations for transitioning to Open Compute platforms in a data center. He will also share more about HP’s Open Compute portfolio.
SAN JOSE, Calif. – In a dramatic move that illustrates how cloud computing has altered the data center landscape,Microsoft is opening up the server and rack designs that power its vast online platforms and sharing them with the world. Microsoft has joined the Open Compute Project and will be contributing specs and designs for the cloud servers that power Bing, Windows Azure and Office 365. The company will discuss its plans tomorrow in the keynote session of the Open Compute Summit in San Jose.