Open Compute Project

OCP Summit V

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

We are pleased to announce the dates for the next Open Compute Project Summit on Tuesday, January 28 and Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at the newly expanded San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, CA.

At the last summit, attendees came from the technology sector in addition to finance, government, and consulting. These attendees represented executive-level roles of vice president or higher as well as IT directors and managers.

The Open Compute Project Foundation would like to thank these sponsors for making this event possible!



OCP Summit V will have a great lineup of Keynote speakers, Executive Sessions, Hackathon and Engineering Workshops. We'll also have a exhibit area packed full of some amzing companies and projects.

Keynote and Executive Session speakers now available.



Online Registration is now closed but you can still walk in and register.  

We will open the registration desk on Monday, January 27 from 4-6pm at the San Jose Convention Center for those of you who would like to pick up your badges and Summit V information early.



San Jose Convention Center - 150 West San Carlos Street, San Jose, CA 95113



We have secured room blocks at the following hotels which are connected to the Convention Center:

Hilton San Jose: $229/night; book by January 6, 2014

Parking: the Hilton offers parking for $22 per day for self parking and $30 per day for valent parking for overnight guests.  Oversize vehicles (over 6 ft 10 in) are $36 per day.

Marriott San Jose: $219/night; book by January 8, 2014

Parking: the Marriott offers valet parking for $7 per vehicle, per hour, with a maximum charge of $29 per vehicle, per day. Oversized vehicles will be charged an additional fee of $4 per night. Cost is subject to change without notice.


Convention Center & Additional Parking



If your organization is interested in sponsoring the OCP Summit V, please send an email to



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Nominations for OCP Project Leads Now Open

Monday, January 06, 2014 · Posted by at 12:52 PM

When OCP was started, all the Project Committee Chairs (PCCS), aka Project Leads, were appointed by the OCP Board.  In 2014, OCP will focus on being an even more open, transparent and community lead project. As we begin this focus we do so by giving the community the opportunity to vote on its Project Leads.
Starting today, Monday 6 January through Monday 13 January 2014 project members can begin nominating candidates for the project lead positions.  Current project leads are eligible to run for these positions as well.


Individuals may be self-nominated or can be nominated by another project member.
Those who would like to run for the project lead position should do the following:
1. Make sure you have created a profile on the website and have signed the membership agreement. (If you belong to a member organization make sure you create your profile using your organizational email address)
To create a profile and sign the membership agreement go to  In the upper right hand corner of the screen you will see 'Login/Create An Account' from there please follow the instructions.
2. Once you have ensured that you have created your account and sign the membership agreement (note that by creating this account you are agreeing to the terms and conditions in the membership agreement), email your name, the project lead position you are interested in, and a short bio (one paragraph), that explains a little bit about you, your interest in OCP, and your contribution to the project to Amber Graner, OCP Community Manager so she can organize the ballots and create the Election Wiki pages.


In order to vote in these elections, you must go to the OCP website and create an account, by creating this profile you are signing the membership agreement.  If you belong to a member organization then please use your organizational email address.


  • 6 January 2014 - Call for nominations goes out
  • 13 January 2014 - Nomination Phase Closes
  • 21 January 2014 Voting Phase - members of the project can vote 
  • 24 January 2014 - Voting Phase closes
  • 27 January 2014 - New Project Leads Announced
  • 28 January 2014  - New Project Leads Assume responsibility of the projects (all pws and permissions are set)


If you are a member of the Facebook page and the various mailing lists you will still need to login and create your account to be eligible to both be nominated and to vote in this election. We want all active community members to be able to participate.  Please let Amber Graner know if you have any questions.


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Calling All Hackers - How does $10K sound to you?

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 · Posted by at 1:46 AM

Registration for OCP Hackathon III is now open and you’re invited to join us for our third hardware hackathon at the upcoming Open Compute Summit, January 28 - 29, 2013 in San Jose, California.

Do you have a great idea for innovating data center technologies? We are looking to give out over 10K in prize money to winners of this hackathon.

Registering for the hack also registers you for the entire OCP summit, so you can register for both events at once. The summit and the hack are both being held at the San Jose Convention Center. Seating is limited to 200 people. Everyone who registers and participates in OCP Hackathon III will receive a special OCP Hackathon t-shirt. We ask that once you register for the hack, you participate in the entire hack, which will last 8-12 hours over the course of the two day summit.

OCP Hardware Hack III will consist of 2 tracks; the first track will encompass all active hardware projects under the open compute project; the second track is allows you to hack on hardware that is outside of the existing active OCP projects as an example at our last Hackathon in June we had a team who defined and built an automative hack.  

What we will provide:

As in previous hacks we will provide a set of components and tools at the hack.  We encourage you to bring with you any tools (software or hardware) or components that are necessary for your idea.

Things you and your organization will need to do prior to the Hackathon:    

  • Determine what you want to accomplish during these 2 days.

  • Determine what additional tools and materials you will need to bring with you.

  • Work through the "ideation" (creative) process of your Hack.


More information on past hackathons can be found here.

To join the discussion on OCP hackthons, please take a moment and subscribe the OCP Hackathon mailing list.


Keep Calm and Hack on!  See you in San Jose!

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OCP Summit V: Keynote Videos

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Missed out on the livestream? Catch up on the keynotes here. A full list of video replays can be found here.

Day Two - Keynotes

  • Fireside Chat: Marc Andreessen (Co-founder and General Partner, Andreessen Horowitz); Andy Bectholsheim (Founder, Chief Development Officer, and Chairman, Arista Networks); Cade Metz (Senior Editor, Business and Enterprise, Wired) -

  • "Opening Up Network Hardware" - Najam Ahmad (Director, Infrastructure, Facebook); JR Rivers (Co-founder and CEO, Cumulus Networks); Martin Casado (Chief Architect, Networking, VMware); Matthew Liste, (Managing Director, Core Platform Engineering, Goldman Sachs); Dave Maltz (Partner Development Manager, Microsoft) -   

  • "Adopting OCP Technologies" - Cole Crawford (Executive Director, OCP Foundation); Justin Erenkrantz (Head of Cloud Architecture, Bloomberg); Jeremy Huylebroeck, (Software and IT Architect, Orange); Ron Williams (VP of Operations, Riot Games) -


Day One - Keynotes

  • "The Open Compute Project: 2014 and Beyond" - Frank Frankovsky (Chairman and President, Open Compute Foundation) -

  • "Microsoft Datacenters at Cloud Scale" - Bill Laing (CVP, Windows Server and System Center Group Development, Microsoft) -

  • "Open Architecture: The Tipping Point for Enterprise Cloud" - George Slessmen (CEO and Product Architect, IO); Tim Lyons (Executive Director, Digital Innovation and Outreach, Merck & Co.); Cole Crawford (Executive Director, OCP Foundation) -

  • "Efficiency is Profitable: Facebook's Approach to Full-Stack Infrastructure Optimization" - Jay Parikh (VP, Infrastructure, Facebook); Matt Corddry (Director, Hardware Engineering, Facebook); Marco Magarelli (Design Engineer, Facebook) -




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It's been a year since we last came together, and our momentum continues to build. Our community now numbers in the thousands -- more than 3,400 people registered for the fifth Open Compute Summit, which is now in progress in San Jose -- and we have more than 150 official members, including new partners like Bloomberg, Box, Cumulus Networks, IBM, IO, LSI, Microsoft, and Yandex. We are also growing rapidly outside North America, with OCP Japan and OCP Taiwan bringing together dozens of new members in its first year as a chapter, and new chapters beginning to form in Europe, Korea, Philippines, and Australia / New Zealand. 

We've accomplished a lot in the last year: We expanded the foundation staff, welcoming Amber Graner as community manager and Hugh Blemings as director of certification. We held engineering workshops every six weeks, bringing together thousands of participants from around the world to advance the work of each of our projects. And we launched a new project in 2013: networking. Our aim with this new project was to begin to open up the network hardware stack with the development of an open, OS-agnostic switch. This was a new challenge for us -- typically our projects have been formed around existing contributions -- but we delivered, and we did it quickly: After just six months, we unveiled the first set of contributions in the project, from Broadcom, Cumulus Networks, Intel, and Mellanox.

The pace of innovation in the industry has also continued to accelerate, and in the past year we've seen a wealth of OCP-inspired technology advancements and contributions from across the community. Here are just a few examples: 

  • AMD: Today at the summit, AMD showcased a development platform for its first 64-bit ARM-based server CPU and contributed a new microserver design to OCP that is compatible with the common-slot architecture specification dubbed “Group Hug.”

  • Facebook: Facebook has contributed its new "Honey Badger" microserver adapter to OCP, and today at the summit they showcased their new rapid deployment datacenter concepts and their new optical storage prototype. Facebook also shared that OCP and related efficiency efforts have helped the company save more than $1.2 billion in infrastructure costs over the last three years.

  • Fidelity: Fidelity has contributed the designs for its "Open Bridge Rack," which enables the deployment of OCP storage and server designs in legacy 19" racks. 

  • Hyve: Hyve has contributed the designs for its 1500 Series server designs, which are also designed to fit into legacy 19" racks.

  • IO: Also today, IO announced a new containerized data center solution that employs OpenStack and Open Compute Project hardware. IO already has several customers for this new service, including Merck.

  • Microsoft: Yesterday, Microsoft announced that it has joined the Open Compute Project and is contributing designs for the servers that power global cloud services like Windows Azure, Office 365, and Bing.   

  • LSI: LSI announced that it has joined the Open Compute Project, and they immediately contributed two designs: a 12G SAS expander upgrade to the Open Vault storage system and a flash storage card that provides low-latency flash storage to server-based applications. 

  • Seagate: Seagate has contributed its Kinetic open storage platform, which is designed to prevent scale bottlenecks in storage.

  • Quanta: Quanta has contributed the entire line of Open Rack-compatible products they co-developed with Rackspace. 

As impressive as all of this is, some of the work I'm most proud of from the past year has been in our efforts to make it easier for people to collaborate on the development of new OCP technologies, contribute those technologies to the OCP Foundation, and consume them in whatever combination best fits their needs:

  • Supporting the OCP Solution Provider ecosystem: We've seen a lot of growth here in the last year, and there are now seven official OCP Solution Providers: AMAX, Avnet, CTC, Hyve, Penguin Computing, Quanta, and Racklive. These companies provide new options for consumers who want to deploy OCP designs, and new routes to market for innovative new technologies. All these companies are making big investments in OCP, building labs of their own and contributing the designs for the OCP products they develop for customers back to the foundation.

  • New certification process: We've developed a rigorous compliance and interoperability process, with two levels of certification: "OCP Ready" and "OCP Certified." These certifications will provide consumers with assurance that the products with these labels have been thoroughly tested and meet the standards set by the OCP community. Two new labs have been established -- UTSA and ITRI -- to manage the certification process. Wiwynn was the first company to successfully achieve OCP certification for one of their products, Quanta quickly followed. 

  • New OCP hardware license: Since our inception a little more than two years ago, we've used a relatively "permissive" license (modeled on Apache) to govern contributions. Soon we will roll out a second, more "prescriptive" license (modeled on GPL) that will require anyone who modifies an original design and then sells that design to contribute the modified version back to the foundation. It's our hope that having multiple licensing options will lead to even more OCP technology contributions.

Looking at all this progress and forward momentum, I can't help but think that 2014 is our year. New technologies are being developed and contributed; new products and new businesses are being launched; and new OCP technologies are being adopted. We are reinventing this industry together, in the open, and everyone has a chance to contribute — to help ensure that all the technologies we develop and consume are as scalable as possible, as efficient as possible, and as innovative as possible.

Thanks to all of your hard work, the future is open. So let's keep going!



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