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Final Timeline for this election

- 6 January 2014 - Call for nominations goes out
- 13 January 2014 - Nomination Phase Closes
- 22 January 2014 - List of nominees goes out and voting begins  (updated  from 21 January to 22 January on 22 January by Amber Graner)
- 26 January 2014 - Voting Phase closes (updated  from 24 January to 26 January on 22 January by Amber Graner)
- 27 January 2014 - New Project Leads Announced
- 28 January 2014  - New Project Leads Assume responsibility of the projects (all pws and permissions are set) 
 and transitions begins at the OCP Summit.

Nominees by Project

Hardware Management

Rajeev Agrawala - Goldman Sachs

Rajeev Agrawala manages the engineering for compute platform at Goldman Sachs. In his role he is responsible for Server hardware engineering, Virtualization Engineering, Linux Engineering and provisioning. His team is instrumental in architecting the complete platform which enables the custom low latency environment on one end and private cloud offering on other end. Prior to his current role, Rajeev managed the grid environment at Goldman. During his 10 years tenure in that role, he architected and developed a highly automated operational design enabling the environment to grow to 10s of thousands of severs. In that role, he also introduced Tier-2 servers to the firm. His previous experience include ASIC design and design of data acquisition systems.

In his current role, Rajeev has been working with Grant Richard (current lead for hardware management) and has helped him write the current Hardware management spec for OCP. Rajeev’s belief is that the current differentiation in hardware management by vendors is gratuitous and his goal is to define a common interface for hardware management.

Hank Bruning - JBlade

I have spent the last 14 years at JBlade exclusively designing System Managers for Data Centers and Telcos. I am the principle architect for the Java library Hemi that implements IPMI 2.0 which is the foundation hardware management. I am the author of over 70 IPMI commands that are used to control servers, RAIDS, network switches and security appliances. For 12 years I was member of the PICMG executive committee and was a contributing author to the hardware management chapters for the AdvancedTCA, MicroTCA and AdvancedMC standards. I also was a contributing author to the PICMG specifications HPM.1 Firmware Upgrade (vendor neutral re-flashing of devices using IPMI) and HPM.2 LAN-Attached IPM Controller which increases bandwidth to a FRU in by 98%. You can review my OCP proposal for remotely managing servers, storage and network switches titled "Type A IPM Controller" on the OCP hardware mailing list I have also spent six years at Philips(USA and Holland) as a software architect and head of patent strategy for digital video transmission(two years). I was a software programmer for two years with Loral Space Information Systems at NASA Houston, Moffit field and Falcon Air Force bases. I have been a member of OCP since August 2012. For 2014 I would like the OCP Hardware Management subcommittee to develop standards with unambiguous numbered requirements that define 1)a common method to upload firmware, 2)adopt some derivative of the Type A IPM Controller with it's optical and DDR memory asset inventory and 3) develop a method to encapsulate the entire IPMI sensor state of a chassis in a single UDP packet(64K bytes max) using an extension to IPMI RMCP protocol. I speak English and Dutch.

Server (Formerly Motherboard)

Mark Shaw - Microsoft (Un-opposed)

Mark Shaw directs hardware engineering for Microsoft’s Global Foundation Services (GFS) group. Mark’s team supports Microsoft’s cloud services by architecting, defining, and designing the next generation compute and storage servers. Mark’s role requires working with a broad spectrum teams: Microsoft Cloud Services teams, technology vendors, OEMs, ODMs and research teams. His 27 years of work in the industry has spanned design of processors, ASICs, and systems. In his work at Microsoft, he performs in-depth analysis of a wide variety of designs crossing boundaries of servers, management, power, deployments, service, and data centers. As chair of the Motherboard and Server Design Team, Mark’s intent is to drive more commonality throughout the server ecosystem to speed up technology delivery, improve power efficiency and reliability, and lower costs for everybody.

Mark came to Microsoft in 2008 from Hewlett-Packard where he was leading systems architecture of HP’s highest end mainframe platforms. Previous to that were system and vector processor ASIC designs. Mark holds over 25 US and International patents in server systems architecture and design. He holds a BS of Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Wisconsin.


Matt Corddry - Facebook (Un-opposed)

Matt Corddry is the Director of Hardware Engineering at Facebook, where he leads the hardware engineering team responsible for Facebook server and rack designs, which are also contributed to the Open Compute Project. In addition, he is serving as chairperson for the Open Rack working group within the Open Compute Project. Prior to joining Facebook in 2012, he was the Senior Manager of Hardware and Operating System Engineering at, where he built and led the team responsible for all Amazon server designs across the AWS and Retail businesses.


Asghar Riahi - Seagate (Un-opposed)

(w/Per Brasher as co-lead)

My Name is Asghar Riahi. As a Principal Cloud Architect at Seagate, I engage with Cloud Service Provider customers at the architecture, system, and device level to tackle both everyday and evolving storage challenges faced in the data center. Storage challenges that range from capacity and performance to security and reliability in all types of workloads for all types of applications.

Currently I'm the chairman of the Storage track, elected in Oct 2013. I was originally introduced to the OCP by Cole Crawford at the October 2012 OpenStack conference in San Diego, and since have been closely engaged with a variety of OCP members to fully appreciate OCP's vision and mission, and instill it in Seagate. I have co-authored two submissions to OCP as follow: - Single port T-Card for storage device with Ethernet interface - Storage device with Ethernet interface

At the OCP Summit in Jan 2013, I presented on the topic "Lowering Data Center TCO through Storage" which illustrated how storage device-level innovations can help lower total cost of ownership (TCO) in large scale-out data centers. Currently I am the organizer of the OCP Storage meetups ( in the San Francisco Bay Area and since March 2013, I have successfully organized five face-to-face meetings that were both well attended and received by the community. In 10 months, we have grown the OCP Storage Meetup to 193 members, and it continues to grow. The demands scale-out data centers place on the storage architectures, systems, and devices are ever-evolving. The individuals and companies that embrace and contribute to the storage evolution will ultimately win. I plan on being one of those individuals, and driving Seagate to be one of those companies. I have an MS in Computer Science from University of Technology in Vienna/Austria and over 24 years of experience in the IT solutions, both in US and Europe. I'm married with two sons and live in the Bay Area. My hobbies are Traveling, Photography and watching sports.


Matt Gambardella - Stealth Startup

Matt Gambardella is the Founder/CTO of a stealth mode startup based in Seattle. Matt has spent the last 18 years working at companies such as Microsoft, Disney, Rackable Systems, ZT Systems, and Nebula designing software and hardware solutions to solve the problems of scale datacenter management. Nearly 10 years of his career was focused on the quality assurance of hardware and software systems and has extensive experience in working with vendors in diverse companies to implement quality standards.

Matt is presently the chairperson for the Server (Formerly Motherboard) working group where he has worked extensively with members of the Open Compute Community to shepard IP into the Foundation as well as run many engineering summits for the working group. Matt is very interested in translating his successful experiences with the Server working group into the Conformance & Interoperability group. Matt holds a BS in Computer and Systems Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

YF Juan - ITRI

YF Juan represents OCP Taiwan, is the primary external interface for the ITRI OCP Certification Testing Lab, and (during his spare time) is a deputy director of global strategy and business development at ITRI, a 40 years old 6,000 people non-profit R&D Center based in Hsinchu, Taiwan.

DaWane Wanek - Avnet

(With Matthew Liste as co-lead)

DaWane Wanek co-chairs the Conformance & Interoperability subcommittee for the Open Compute Project and is also the Director of Data Center Infrastructure and Open Compute Solutions for Avnet's, Rorke Global Solution’s group. DaWane has over 25 years of technical sales leadership experience, building sales/pre-sales organizations and solving customer problems. Prior to Avnet, DaWane was the VP WW Sales & Solutions for NextIO, driving the forefront of I/O Virtualization and GPU computing solutions. Prior to NextIO, DaWane was a Director in the Advanced Systems Group at Dell, responsible for over $500 million in enterprise revenue for a subset of Dell's commercial and Federal customers. Prior to Dell, DaWane held executive positions with RLX Technologies (acquired by HP) and Scalable Software, as well as various sales and sales management roles with BMC Software and Data General Corporation.


Peter Krey - Krey and Associates (Un-opposed)

Peter is the Founder & President of Krey Associates, a boutique technology advisory and management consulting firm. Established in 2003, his clients include Wall Street CIO’s & CTO’s, early stage technology company CEO’s & CTO’s and technology venture capital firms.

Client projects include: open source enterprise cloud, open networking, hands on research and engineering of disruptive technologies incl. multiple BigData POC’s, one of Wall Street’s largest global grid computing infrastructures, views and insights into key technology trends, business development in support of technology investment banking, product technology strategy and go to market advisory for early stage technology companies, and advisory research for venture capital & angel investors.

With 25+ years of industry experience, Peter was Managing Director and Chief Technology Architect / CTO for Deutsche Bank Asset Mgt. N.A. Prior to DB, Peter was VP of Business Development & Strategic Partnering for storage virtualization company

StorageApps (sold to HP in 2001) and also held senior management & technology positions at Morgan Stanley and JPMorgan.

Peter is a graduate with High Distinction of Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and attended the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences MS-PhD Joint Focus Program at New York University.

Peter’s non-profit activities include The MIT Parents Association, University of Pennsylvania Parents Association, The American Diabetes Association, and Swim Across America.

Data Center (Formerly Data Center Design)

Jason S. Schafer - Schneider (Un-opposed)

For many years, the worlds of physical hardened datacenter have existed mostly separate from the IT environment contained therein, despite their codependence. “This is the year that facilities and IT will finally converge,” we have heard countless times. The truth is, however, that while intentions have been good, any innovation and development of new technologies on either side of the fence have lacked true collaboration at the level required to actually make this goal a reality.

Jason has extensive experience in the mission critical datacenter industry in the areas of construction, architecture, design, and testing while at the same time keeping in mind the importance of the operation and maintenance of the datacenter that cannot be understated or taken for granted. Additionally, it is paramount that the future of datacenter operations, maintenance, and design not only include the “hard” facilities backend but that the IT environment should also coexist.

Finally, the growing role of software and data analytics will also need to be intertwined with design, operations, maintenance, and IT as it plays a larger role in fault tolerance, continued uptime, and business continuity.

These are all tenets on which Jason bases his future outlook on datacenters; and along with his experience, uniquely position him as a prime candidate for the project lead for the Datacenter working group with the Open Compute Project.