Open Compute Project

Are you in or near Seoul, Korea?  Are you already planning to attend the Linux Foundation's Korea Linux Forum event?  Are you interested in open hardware and the future of open data center design, management and more?  Do you want to know more about the Open Compute Project (OCP) and the success stories surrounding it?

If you answered, "yes", to one or more of these questions then join OCP in Seoul.

This is a one day event and onsite registraton will begin at 8am with the Engineering Workshop scheduled to take place from 9am to 6pm on Thursday, 14 November. It is free to the public; however, registration is required. Please email John Kenevy for the password and then register here.

While the exact speaker lineup is still being worked out; speakers for this event include:

  •  Dan Lee from Facebook, talk 'Facebook Prineville Data Center Evaporative Cooling - Methods, Costs and Efficiencies'.
  •  Tan Qing, 'Intel Silicon Photonics and its application for server disaggregation'.
  •  Ko Ise from Datahotel, talk 'Building an OCP datacenter in Japan using snow cooling'.
  •  Pierluigi Sarti, Facebook system architect 'Next generation of open rack moving to the disaggregated datacenter'.
  •  Charlie Manese, OCP VP of business dev, 'OCP project update with a focus on Certification and Interoperability labs in Taiwan and USA'.
  •  John Kenevey, Facebook, OCP growth in the regions. 
  •  Minchul Joo,  'Kakao’s infrastructure design and architecture with best practice.'
  •  Keunho Ryu, 'Naver Datacenter GAK' 

More information about this event can be found at:

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You're Invited: OCP Engineering Workshop at UTSA on 13 November

Friday, November 08, 2013 · Posted by at 11:30 AM

OCP will host an engineering workshop on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 from 8:00am-6:00pm at the San Antonio campus of the University of Texas. While this event is free and open to the public, registration is required. This is your invitation to join the OCP community and help drive the future of open hardware. Limited seating available, so register today!


The day will kick off at 8:00am with on-site registration and at 9:00am the 'Opening Welcome' and 'General Session' starts.

While the schedule is still subject change we have an exciting lineup of speakers, tracks, and sessions. Tracks are focused on the OCP C&I, Networking and Storage projects. There are several hands on demo's scheduled as well.

Time Main Room Networking Storage C&I
8-9am Registration  -  -  -


  • Cole Crawford, Executive Director OCP
  • Frank Frankovsky, President, OCP Board

General Session

  • Lanham Napier, CEO Rackspace
  • Dr.’s Perry and Agrawal, UTSA
  • Alan Bennett, Lava Team Tech Lead, Linaro
  • David Duffy, Canonical - MAAS/Juju Demo
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(1) - Update on CPU Agnostic Motherboard Reference Design

with RapidIO (Devashish Paul, Senior Product Manager, IDT)

(2) -  Facility Ops Maturity Model Document (Jason S. Schafer)


(1) - Network Project Intro by Najam;

Broadcom Contribution Walkthrough (Sujal Das)


 (1) - Compute Capable SSD


(1) - Intro: Project Mission

High Level Goals

Who's who - introductions


12 - 1pm Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
1 - 2pm  -  

(2) - Interface Masters OpenSwitch Demo



(2) - Using USB RAID-on-Chip For Hypervisor Boot Disk




(2) - Recap of key takeaways from last workshop OCP Ready / Checkbox status - with quick PXE boot demonstration


2 - 3pm  -  

(3) - Cumulus / ONIE Demo & Discussion (Curt Brune)


(3) - Review and work on the "Storage Use Case Document"



(3)  Update on OCP Certification Lab Taiwan / ITRI and UTSA OCP Certification Lab Tour



3 - 3:30pm Break Break Break Break
3:30 - 4:30pm -  

(4) - Mellanox Proposed Contribution Discussion (Amit Katz)




(4) - Hands-on lab on the Knox environment.





(4) OCP Certification / Moving Forward


4:30 - 5:30pm -


(5) - Discussion of Potential Linux Distro for Network Project


 - (5) -  Next Steps 
5:30 - 6pm  -


(6) - Discussion of Potential HAL / API for Network Project




(6) - Getting the message out - Call to action.




A limited number of seats are still available and space is filling up quickly, so register today to reserve your seat.

If you would like to attend, please email Amber Graner for the password and then register here


Venue/Hotel Information


University of Texas at San Antonio

* H-E-B University Center, 15 Paseo Principal, University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX 78249 (Ballrooms 1 & 2)


The Westin La Cantera Hill Country Resort; $165 + tax/night - the $27 per night resort fee will be reduced to $10 - please book HERE by November 12

Four Points Sheraton; $95 + tax/night  - please book HERE by November 8



The Open Compute Project Foundation is proud to work with our sponsors.  Many "thanks" for all your continued support and participation!

Sponsors for this event include:



Sponsorship opportunities are still available for this and our 2014 events.  If you or your organization are interested in sponsoring an OCP Engineering Workshop please email Stephainie Loayza

More information about OCP and how you can participate can be found at:

We look forward to seeing you at UTSA on Wednesday, November 13, 2013. 




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Just six months ago, we announced our intention to expand the charter of the Open Compute Project to include networking hardware.

At the time, it was our hope that we could build on the momentum we'd established in opening up server, storage, and datacenter designs and collaborate with the broader community on the development of an open, OS-agnostic top-of-rack switch. Such a switch, we believed, would enable a faster pace of innovation in the development of networking hardware; help software-defined networking continue to evolve and flourish; and ultimately provide consumers of these technologies with the freedom they need to build infrastructures that are flexible, scalable, and efficient across the entire stack.

Our progress so far has exceeded even our lofty expectations -- hundreds of people are actively collaborating on the development of more than 30 potential contributions, covering most of the network hardware stack and even some of the network software stack.

We'd like to highlight four contributions in particular, all of them currently being considered by the OCP Incubation Committee and likely to be accepted soon.

Broadcom was the first to develop a full specification for and implementation of an open switch. Here's how they describe it:

"Broadcom has developed an Open Network Switch specification, addressing popular leaf and spine switch configurations and feature requirements, in compliance with the charter defined by the OCP networking initiative. The specification delivers the foundation for efficient, high performance, and flexible network architectures, complementing the goals of the OCP networking initiatives. Our network switch specification is based on the widely deployed Trident switch architecture, which supports a wide ecosystem of networking operating systems and applications. The specification utilizes the latest in the Trident family, the Trident II, bringing the most advanced and comprehensive feature set into the open switch ecosystem. We have been successful in delivering the first version of the specification and working switch systems from our hardware partner that complies with the specification -- all in less than six months. We believe this specification will enable faster innovation in the market and more choice for data center operators and telecom service providers. " 

Cumulus Networks has proposed its Open Network Install Environment (ONIE) software as a contribution to OCP:

"ONIE, which was introduced by Cumulus Networks and is supported by networking OEM, ODM, and communication silicon vendors across the globe, is an industry standard network boot loader to install software on network switches, thus enabling a bare metal Ethernet switch ecosystem. ONIE defines a runtime install environment that supports multiple network operating system vendors at scale that -- for the first time -- effectively provides customers more control and the ability to choose when it comes to their networking hardware and software. ONIE's open install environment can be supported on a range of existing ODM switches, as well as the open network switch design specifications being developed by the Open Compute Project, ultimately enabling end users to select among different network operating systems and a variety of compatible hardware."

Intel has also developed a specification for an open switch, and they describe it as follows:

"Intel’s proposed contribution to the Open Compute Project network working group is a specification for a bare-metal, top-of-rack switch. The specification describes a 48x4 10/40G switch including all necessary subsystems for switching, control CPU, peripherals, external interfaces, power, cooling, and mechanical enclosure. An example of a switch that adheres to this specification, based on Intel parts, can be found here. Platforms based on this spec enable more choice, improved flexibility, and a better cost structure for customers who choose to implement a software defined approach for networking and switching. To complement the proposed contribution to the OCP working group, Intel brings an ecosystem of partners ready to supply production level systems with a variety of solution capabilities."

Finally, Mellanox is the third company to have developed a specification for an open switch. Here's their description:

"Mellanox is expanding its Open Compute Project portfolio offering with the proposed contribution of its SwitchX-2 x86-based top-of-rack switch specification. The switch supports 48 SFP+ ports and 12 QSFP ports, enabling non-blocking connectivity within the OCP Open Rack, or alternatively, enabling 60 10GbE server ports when using QSFP+ to SFP+ breakout cables to increase rack efficiency for less bandwidth demanding applications. The new switch will be the first to enable ONIE over x86, and we expect it to dramatically improve power consumption, latency, and density and enable larger, more efficient, and more cost-effective datacenter designs."

Taken together, these contributions are tremendous steps forward toward our vision of a truly disaggregated network stack. They are also vivid proof of the OCP community's ability to work together, in the open, to develop innovative new technologies -- and to do so at an almost unheard-of pace.

We will continue our work on these technologies and others later this week, at the OCP engineering workshop being held at University of Texas at San Antonio. We hope to see you there!

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summit small 2013We are thrilled to announce that we've opened registration for the fifth Open Compute Summit, to be held January 28 - 29, 2014, at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, California. This event is open to the public, but it does require registration.

The Open Compute Project is just over two years old, and our community keeps growing, as do the summits. Starting with our 2012 summit in San Antonio, Texas, and continuing the tradition last year in Santa Clara, California, our summits are now fast-paced two-day conferences packed full of amazing success stories, hands-on participation opportunities, and more.

This event will host exciting keynote addresses from industry leaders, technical workshops, and educational tracks where you’ll have the opportunity to help drive the future of open hardware. For the second year in a row, we will also host a software and hardware hackathon at Summit, where anyone who’s interested will be able to hack their own OCP implementations. 

These amazing events are only possible through the generous donations of our sponsors. There are still sponsorship opportunities available for the summit. If your organization is interested in sponsorship opportunities at this summit or any of the 2014 engineering workshops, please email Stephanie Loayza, OCP Events Manager, for more information. Individual donations can also be made at the time of registration. 

For those who would like to know more about how to get involved in OCP before the summit, please contact Amber Graner, OCP Community Manager.

Wondering what you are missing by not attending the previous Open Compute Summits? Check out this video, and don’t forget to register today.

See you in San Jose!


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