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Call For Participation: OCP U.S. Summit 2016

Thursday, January 07, 2016 · Posted by at 7:54 AM

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We want you...

... to participate in the OCP U.S. Summit 2016 event which will be held on 9-10 March 2016 at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, California.

Register Today!

Are you driven by your passion for open source?  Are you excited about being part of a community that applies the principles and philosophies traditionally found in open source software to open hardware?  Are you interested in any or all Data Center technologies? Maybe you are just curious to see what Facebook, Microsoft, Rackspace, Intel, Goldman Sachs and other members have been up to since the last Open Compute Project (OCP) summit?

Attendees to the OCP summits come from the technology, finance, government, and consulting sectors and represent a wide audience from engineers to senior executives.

Take a moment and register today!

Help Shape the Future of OCP!

Do you have a great adoption story?  Do you have a story around the cool ways in which you or your organization is using OCP hardware or innovating on top of it?  Are you involved in one of the OCP Projects and you’re now ready to submit a specification or design and want to present that to the community?  Do you have awesome demo showcasing OCP Hardware? Then take a moment and submit a talk

Do you want to help shape the future of OCP and influence the next generation data center? If so, we have the following opportunities for participation available:

  • Keynotes
  • Executive Talks (see sponsorhip prospectus)
  • Engineering Workshop Sessions -Tracks for for the Engineering Workshops include:
    • Certification
    • Data Center
    • Hardware Management
    • HPC
    • Networking
      • ONIE
      • ONL
      • SAI
    • Open Rack
    • Server
    • Storage
      • Wear Monitor
    • Telcos/Comms
  • Sponsorships (Exhibitors and Sponsored Talks)  - See sponsorship opportunities and sponsorship agreement PDFs. Deadline for all sponsorships is 29 January 2016.  If you have questions about sponsorship opportunities please email


Abstracts must be submitted by 29 January 2016 and speakers will be notified by 5 February 2016. If your talk is accepted a slide template and instructions will be sent to you. Slides must be submitted for review no later than 2 March 2016.  Please note, the Foundation reserves the right cancel any talks which the slides are not received by the deadline above or which do not use the required OCP template.

If you would like to participate in any of the above listed areas for the OCP U.S. Summit 2016 please take a moment to fill out the webform.

About OCP

The Open Compute Project Foundation is a 501(c)6 organization which was founded in 2011 by Facebook, Intel, Rackspace, Goldman Sachs and Andy Bechtolsheim. Our mission is to apply the benefits of open source software to hardware and rapidly increase the pace of innovation to hardware design and engineering in, near or around data center technologies.

For more information on how to get involved in OCP go to:


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Testimonial Phase: OCP IC Open Rack Seat Special Elections Begins

Tuesday, January 19, 2016 · Posted by at 11:20 AM

The Testimonial Phase for the Open Compute Project (OCP) Incubation Committee (IC) Open Rack Seat special election is now open. The nomination phase of this election lasted longer than we expected due the holiday season.  

The Foundation would like to thank those who have been nominated to be the OCP Open Rack Project Representative on the IC for their patience and willingness to sit on the OCP Incubation Committee(IC). This will be a first time opportunity of each of our nominees.


Nominees for the this special election are:


If you would like to add a testimonial for any of the nominees you can do so by clicking on their names above and adding a comment to that page.


The updated timeline is as follows:

12 Nov - 3 Dec 2015

Nomination Phase*

3 Dec 2015

Contact Nominees

19 Jan - 28 Jan 2016

Testimonial Phase

29 Jan - 11 Feb 2016

Voting Phase

12 Feb 2016

Results Announced

* all nominations are subject to eligibility verification.


Eligibility: Only OCP Silver, Gold and Platinum Tiered Members and the OCP Foundation Board will be eligible to vote. Silver Members and Board Members will be given 1 voting key, Gold Members will be given 2 voting keys and Platinum Members will be given 3 voting keys.  Between now and 28 January  2016, the OCP Community Manager will be contacting the point of contact for each Silver, Gold and Platinum member to determine who from each organization will be sent keys. Qualifying memberships must be current as of 28 January 2016 in order to vote.  Each key is tied to an email address and can not be shared. 

Get Involved

The OCP Foundation has many ways for individuals and organizations to participate in OCP; online project meetings, OCP events, submit a spec, review a spec, read our blog, join our Facebook group, add us to your G+ circles, follow us on Twitter, join our mailings and much more. To find out more about getting involved in OCP, click here.

If you have any questions about getting involved in OCP, becoming a member, or what your current organizational standing is please contact Amber Graner.  

Once again a sincere thank you to the passion and commitment shown by the above nominees and to those who nominated, testified and ultimately will vote.  We are 100% committed to ensuring OCP remain a community focused project! 


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OCP Hardware at SCaLE14x

Thursday, January 21, 2016 · Posted by at 10:43 AM


This weekend at the Pasadena Convention Center in Pasadena, California the community and those attending the Southern California Linux Expo (SCaLE) will have the opportunity to learn more about not only about the OCP Foundation, but some of the OCP hardware that has been contributed by Facebook.  

In addition to OCP hardware being in the Facebook booth (500/601), Amber Graner, Operations Director and Community Manager for the OCP Foundation will be there as well. The exhibit hall opens on Friday 22 January at 2pm. The full SCaLE 14x schedule can be found here.

If you’re in the Los Angeles, California area or if you are already attending the SCALE 14x event, please stop by the Facebook booth to learn more about the OCP Foundation, how to participate, how to contribute, our upcoming summit as well as the hardware listed below.


If you are interested in the above OCP Hardware, wait until you see all the hardware that will be at the OCP US Summit 2016.  The OCP Summit will be held on 9-10  March 2016 at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose California.  Be sure and take a look at the OCP US Summit 2016 site and stop by the Facebook Booth at SCaLE 14x and ask Amber about this event.

Other OCP members exhibiting at SCaLE 14x include: Canonical, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, and Microsoft.

Stop by the Facebook booth at SCaLE 14x and let’s talk OCP!

About the Open Compute Project Foundation

The Open Compute Project Foundation is a 501(c)6 organization which was founded in 2011 by Facebook, Intel, Rackspace, Goldman Sachs and Andy Bechtolsheim. Our mission is to apply the benefits of open source to hardware and rapidly increase the pace of innovation in, near and around the data center and beyond.

About SCaLE 14x

SCaLE 14X – the 14th annual Southern California Linux Expo – takes place on Jan. 21-24, 2016, at the Pasadena Convention Center. As the first-of-the-year Linux/Open Source software expo in North America, SCaLE 14X expects to host 150 exhibitors this year, along with nearly 130 sessions, tutorials and special events. SCaLE is the largest community-run open-source and free software conference in North America. It is held annually in Los Angeles.

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The Open Compute Project (OCP) is building on our past success and creating a new OCP Telco Project focused on data center technologies for telecommunications companies. In parallel, several leading operators and other industry leaders are joining OCP to help drive the project.

Since it was founded five years ago, OCP has brought new levels of openness to data center technology, and momentum is continuing to build around open source contributions for networking, servers, storage, and Open Rack. For example, we saw the acceptance of new OCP switches from Mellanox, Accton, and Inventec just in the past two months, along with an open TOR network switch from Facebook called Wedge.

Based on the positive results of these previous efforts, we are creating a new OCP Telco Project as an open forum to advance the following objectives: 1) communicating telco technical requirements effectively to the OCP community; 2) strengthening the OCP ecosystem to address the deployment and operational needs of telcos; and 3) bringing OCP innovations to telco data center infrastructure for increased cost-savings and agility.

We are optimistic about the potential of open hardware to bring large-scale gains to the telecommunications industry, and that starts with increased participation. Today, a number of leading telecommunications companies announced they are joining OCP to support the goal of openly working to drive more efficiency, flexibility, and customization in data center technologies. Specifically, AT&T, Deutsche Telekom, EE, SK Telecom, and Verizon are joining OCP and demonstrating the demand for more innovation, vendor choice, and customization in their infrastructure designs.

Industry expertise is an important part of establishing new opportunities and paths for collaboration around open hardware. For example, Nokia has announced that they will incorporate OCP designs into its AirFrame Data Center Portfolio. We are also excited that Equinix and Nexius have joined OCP, making it easier for telecommunications companies to find efficiency and flexibility benefits through open hardware.

Jason Taylor, President and Chairman of the OCP Board and VP of Infrastructure at Facebook, said: “OCP community momentum is strong, and we get closer to our vision of better and more open hardware development each time a new industry embraces the principles of openness and customization. Leaders in telecommunications embracing OCP signifies the start of a new and exciting chapter as we work together to enable better designs, easier adoption, and efficiency gains across the board.”

“AT&T will virtualize 75% of its network functions by 2020, and to do that, we need to move to a model of sophisticated software running on commodity hardware,” said Andre Fuetsch, Senior Vice President of Architecture and Design at AT&T. “We’re becoming a software and networking company. As a result, our central offices are going to look a lot more like data centers as we evolve our networking infrastructure. The Open Compute Project is innovating rapidly in this area, and we’re thrilled to be collaborating with the community of engineers and developers that are driving the evolution. We look forward to our vendors and other industry players supporting this initiative, as well.”

“With the Cloudification of our network functions and the related change in our production models, the Telco industry is going through a massive transformation. Efficiency in our datacenters becomes critical for success - we fully support the open industry approach within OCP,” said Bruno Jacobfeuerborn, CTO, Deutsche Telekom AG.

“We are committing resources and expertise to OCP to support development of new approaches to telecommunication technology that can really make a difference to the way in which we build and deploy mobile communications networks in developed markets like the UK,” said Mansoor Hanif, Director of Radio Access Networks at EE. “For the last 18 months we’ve been developing our ambitious plans in this space, working behind the scenes to drive real disruption in the industry, and this is a major part of that disruptive work. We look forward to the next phase of implementing the new approaches developed within OCP.”

"As the global interconnection and data center company, we are excited to collaborate on innovative interconnection and infrastructure solutions that meet the demands of the new generation of applications leveraging Mobility, Big Data and Analytics. We look forward to ongoing work with the Open Compute Project to bring customers together across our business ecosystems for maximum flexibility and connectivity," said Ihab Tarazi, CTO, Equinix.

“The cloud computing industry has introduced a new business model, fueled by open source communities, that is radically lower in cost and more elastic than the current infrastructure used by communications providers today,” said Lynn Martin, Senior Vice President of Strategy at Nexius. “To successfully compete and scale in this new environment, carriers must embrace open source communities, like OCP, and incorporate community efforts into their day-to-day operations. Nexius will leverage our deep expertise in Telecom and IT to propel OCP projects into the communications network realm, providing the tools and processes that enable communications providers and enterprises to adopt and orchestrate this new operating framework successfully.”

"Nokia is constantly at the cutting edge of technology innovation, and we feel that our collaboration with Facebook and OCP will be a game changer in terms of getting telco-specific requirements into the mix. We’re already working extensively with OCP designs and best practices and will be announcing some significant and complementary additions to our already leading AirFrame Data Centre Solution portfolio,” said Henri Tervonen, Vice President, Mobile Broadband Architecture at Nokia Networks.

“5G, with its diverse use cases, will open up a whole new ecosystem for telecom operators. SK Telecom is preparing the future by developing a flexible and open infrastructure that can adapt to the ever-changing service requirements. Joining OCP is our first step towards it. We hope other operators will also join the effort,” said Dr. Alex Choi, CTO, SK Telecom.

“Joining the Open Compute Project will drive wide-ranging efficiencies into our infrastructure and underscores Verizon’s commitment to deliver innovative digital solutions faster for our customers,” said Mahmoud El-Assir, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Global Technology Services at Verizon.

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