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Welcome to the OCP NIC subgroup under OCP Server Work Group. The goal of this subgroup is to form a healthy ecosystem in OCP NIC space, under OCP framework

Sub Project Lead

For more information, please contact Jia Ning (Facebook)


We are here to build a supportive, informative and inclusive community:


- Support implementation questions

- Evaluate new use cases


- Share the latest topics and trends related to OCP Mezz NIC spec

- Share both challenges and opportunities


- Take community feedback and make iterations to proposal before submitting major revision to work group and IC

- Open to both adopters, and observers

Get Involved

Updated Specification Docs

Doc Version Date Contributor Notes
OCP NIC 3.0 rev_tracking_20190501a 20190501a 5/1/2019 OCP NIC subgroup This spreadsheet tracks the changes being discussed; Please follow this closely if you have design in pipeline.
OCP_NIC_3.0_draft_0v86_20190402d_TN_no_CB 0v86 4/3/2019 OCP NIC subgroup 0v86 Specification(clean)
OCP_NIC_3.0_draft_0v86_20190402d_TN_CB 0v86 4/3/2019 OCP NIC subgroup 0v86 Specification(with comment bar)
OCP 3.0 Pinout and PCIe Bifurcation 0v85_20181120a_TN_release 0v85 11/20/2018 OCP NIC subgroup Pinout and PCIe Bifurcation table
OCP_NIC_3.0_thermal_models_0v80_20180604 0v80 6/4/2018 OCP NIC subgroup Thermal CFD model (Icepack) with Mechanical model (STEP) extracted
OCP_NIC_3.0_thermal_TestFixture_0v80_20180604 0v80 6/4/2018 Dell-EMC Thermal test fixture mechanical model(STEP) for small and large form factor NIC
OCP_NIC_3.0_thermal_TestFixture_BoardFiles_20190211 N/A 2/11/2019 Dell-EMC Thermal Test Fixture Electrical Board files (refreshed 2/11 to add gerber)
OCP_NIC_3.0_3D_CAD_0v86_20190303 0v86 3/3/2019 OCP NIC subgroup Mechanical 3D CAD models
OCP_NIC_3.0_Drawings_0v86_20190303 0v86 3/3/2019 OCP NIC Subgroup Mechanical 2D Drawings
OCP_NIC_3.0 Shock&Vibe Fixture_20190329 20190329 3/29/2019 Intel Shock & Vibe test fixture design

Supporting docs and presentations

Doc Version Date Contributor Notes

OCP_NIC_3.0_discussion_r12_20180123 v12 1/23/2018 OCP NIC Subgroup Presentation to Server WG/IC
Mezz3.0 schedule v7_20180123 v7 1/23/2018 Facebook OCP NIC 3.0 spec project schedule
OCP NIC 3.0_Mechanical Discussion_v5_20171201_d v5 12/01/2017 Facebook Mechanical Deck

Thermal Deck_v7_20171115 v7 11/15/2017 Facebook Thermal deck
Updated thermal Simulation Results_v7_20171103 v7 11/3/2017 Facebook Thermal simulation result update

HPE_Comments_on_OCP_Mezz_v3_20170816 N/A 8/16/2017 HPE Presentation from HPE on 8/16/2017 call
Dell EMC - OCP NIC Presntation v1_20170906 v1 9/6/2017 Dell-EMC Presentation from Dell-EMC on 9/6/2017 call
Lenovo OCP Mezz3.0 Recommendations - 20170901 N/A 9/1/2017 Lenovo A mechanical focused presentation from Lenovo on 9/6/2017 call
9/25/2017 Workshop decks N/A 9/25/2017 Microsoft / TE / Amphenol / Broadcom / Intel / Facebook 9/25/2017 workshop slides from multiple contributors
9/25/2017 Workshop recording (large file 908MB) N/A 9/25/2017 Microsoft / TE / Amphenol / Broadcom / Intel / Facebook 9/25/2017 workshop recording from multiple contributors

0v70 Release Candidate Package

Specification Package Version Date Contributor Notes
OCP_NIC_3.0_draft_0v70_20180125c_TN_no_CB 0v70 1/25/2018 OCP NIC subgroup Specification without comment bar for Server WG and IC review
OCP_NIC_3.0_3D_CAD_0v70_20180122 0v70 1/22/2018 OCP NIC subgroup Mechanical 3D CAD models
OCP_NIC_3.0_2D_Drawings_0v70_20180124 0v70 1/24/2018 OCP NIC Subgroup Mechanical 2D Drawings
OCP_NIC_3.0_thermal_models_0v70_20180124 0v70 1/24/2018 OCP NIC Subgroup Thermal CFD model(PACK) with Mechanical model(STEP) extracted
OCP_NIC_3.0_thermal_TestFixture_0v70_20180124 0v70 1/24/2018 OCP NIC Subgroup Thermal test fixture mechanical model(STEP) for small form factor add-in-card


1/19/2018 update

1. Update spec draft to OCP_NIC_3.0_draft_0v63_20180119e_TN

1/18/2018 update

1. Update spec draft to OCP_NIC_3.0_draft_0v62_20180118f_TN

1/16/2018 update

1. Update spec draft to OCP_NIC_3.0_draft_0v60_20180116e_TN

1/15/2018 update

1. Update spec draft to OCP_NIC_3.0_draft_0v57_20180109c_TN

1/2/2018 update

1. Update spec draft to OCP_NIC_3.0_draft_0v50_20171222i_TN

2. Move updates before 12/1/2017 to archive

12/20/2017 update

1. Updated spec draft, overview deck, and mechanical deck

12/5/2017 update

1. Update spec draft to OCP_NIC_3.0_draft_0v01_20171205c_TN

2. Update pin out to OCP 3.0 Pinout Proposal 20171205a_TN

3. Specification draft complete rate (Estimation)

Chapter Draft complete rate Status
1. Overview 70% drafted finishing up / under review
2. Card form factor 60+% drafted finishing up / under review
3. Card Edge and baseboard interface 80+ % drafted Under review
4. Management 0% drafted Need to work on
5. Data Network requirement TBD Same content as Mezz 2.0; check for need to keep this chapter
6. Card routing guideline and SI consideration TBD NC-SI specified on card; PCIe TBD
7. Thermal and Environmental TBD Need edit based on Mezz 2.0

4. Key mechanical updates:

- Agreed on guiding feature and card sizes

- Reduce to 2x sizes (Small and Large form factors; detail see latest spec draft)

To be closed:

- Front bracket / latching mechanism design for small and large form factors

- Right Angle connector vertical offset(3.05mm vs. 3.50mm); Need to decide and close based on Tolerance analysis

- Straddle Mount connector offset and PCB footprint; Need to decide and close based on 1U use case study

5. Coming working sessions and proposal of agenda:

-#7 12/6 : 2hr working session; ME and EE runs in parallel; close on ME opens and clarify the rest of draft work

-#8 12/13: 3-4hr: All draft work due for 1st pass of edit of all chapters. 1st cross review with changes suggested and agreed

-#9 12/20: 3-4hr: Review changes and post 1st draft

Find Archive of updates here

Archives prior to November 2018 Archives December 2018 - present


This project meets - 1 times a Month; Defaults to 1st Wednesday of the Month.

Call-in info and source of truth @ (Time zone shown: Eastern Time)

This call is open to the public.

If there is a cancellation, we will try our best to cancel >24hrs before the meeting by the calendars above.

Meeting minutes is sent out in mailing list and can be found at archive

Recordings from Past Calls

- May 1st, 2019
- April 3rd, 2019
- March 6th, 2019
- January 2nd, 2019
- December 5th, 2018
- November 7th, 2018
- September 5th, 2018
- August 1st, 2018
- May 2nd, 2018
- April 18th, 2018
- April 4th, 2018



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Specifications and Designs

All these accepted by the IC

Specification Version Submit Date Contributor License Notes
OCP Mezzanine card v2.0

OCP_Mezz_2.0_rev1.00_20151215b_pub_release.pdf(2.2MB) (88MB)

Mechanical 20151023_P1-P9_K1-K5 zip file (57MB)

V2.0-1.0 Dec 15, 2015 Facebook OWFa 1.0 Added support for x16 (quad x4), NCSI, dual QSFP+, & Quad SDP+

Accepted by OCP IC 2/24/2016

OCP Mezzanine card v0.5, original standard

Mezzanine Card (rev 0.5)

V0.5 Oct 8, 2012 Facebook OWFa 1.0 Defacto standard for the original network mezzanine with a x8 PCIe Gen3 interface