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Welcome to the Project Olympus Sub-Group. Project Olympus is Microsoft's next generation rack-level solution that is open-sourced through Open Compute Project. (Video Introduction)

The charter of Project Olympus sub-group within OCP Server Project is to enable the OCP community to further explore, invent, collaborate, enhance, and produce great solutions for customers using Project Olympus modular building blocks.

Initially introduced in November 2016 and with V1.0 contribution in November 2017, Project Olympus addresses several cloud workloads for Microsoft Azure. Since inception, Project Olympus has attracted a large group of partners such as compute silicon providers, ODMs, OEMs, and component manufacturers. It is becoming the de facto open-compute standard for cloud workloads.

Project Olympus base specification defines a modular architecture with clear internal and external interfaces. Project Olympus comprises these Hardware and Software Modules to realize a holistic rack architecture; however, individual Modules are applicable to Racks, Chassis, Rack Managers, PDUs, PSUs, Blades and Motherboards from other architectures such as OCP Open Rack, Open Rack 19, Scorpio, 19” EIA Rack, Rack-mount Servers, and Tower Servers.

While, Microsoft is planning design and product implementations based on Project Olympus specification, we encourage the community to use as-is, buy/sell as-is, modify to use or sell, and to provide feedback on any of these software or hardware Modules.

Project Olympus Server


Project Olympus Modular System Architecture

Project Olympus is a modular system architecture for industry ecosystem convergence to enable rapid onboarding of a variety of hardware. The associated systems are designed to meet the needs of hyper-scale datacenters.

Project Olympus base specification defines a modular architecture with clear internal and external interfaces. Hardware modules include Rack, Universal PDU, Rack Manager, 1U/2U Server and mechanical Enclosures, Power Supply, Universal Motherboard, PCIe Riser Boards, and Expansion Modules for storage and accelerators; while, Software/Firmware components include RESTful API, Rack Manager Software/Firmware interface, BMC Firmware, System BIOS/UEFI Firmware, and Software APIs.

Project Olympus Rack, Power, and Management System

Project Olympus is built upon a base Rack, 42U or 48U tall, with integrated A/C power distribution and rack-level management.

Project Olympus Specifications Explanation
Project Olympus Rack Specification Heavy Duty 42U or 48U options to cover your needs
Project Olympus Chassis Mechanical 3D PDF Enables fly-by of the Rack with integrated PMDU, Rack Management, and Universal Power cords
Project Olympus Chassis Specification

Project Olympus Chassis Track Step Files

Chassis is simple tracks that enable the servers to slide and blind-mate to the PMDU.
Project Olympus Universal Power Monitoring Distribution Unit (PMDU) Distributes two three-phase AC Power inputs to each of the server positions. Home to the Rack Manager which serves as single point of control for the servers with embedded on/off capability and rack-level power measurement and power capping ability.
Project Olympus Universal Power Distribution Unit (UPDU) 2U Horizontal or 0U Vertical UPDU for use in any EIA rack. This enables a single rack design to be deployed into any data center world wide with only the change of the power cord.
Project Olympus Universal Power Cord Enables single PDU to use different Power Cords for World-Wide Deployments
Project Olympus Rack Manager Rack Level Management integrates into the PMDU
Project Olympus Standalone Rack Manager Servers don't have to use the PMDU. With the Standalone Rack Manager, you can manage any server with an Ethernet port off the BMC for single point of Rack-level control
Project Olympus Air Blocker Plastic air blocker for EIA rack that works with both bare rails and with Project Olympus tracks

Project Olympus Servers

Microsoft's 1U and 2U servers mix and match with your motherboard.

Project Olympus Specifications Explanation
Project Olympus 1U Server Spec

1U Mechanical CAD File

Universal 1U server chassis that works mix and match with different motherboards. When building a new motherboard, always be certain that it is fully compatible. If there are differences, you'll need to modify the chassis and provide the changes in a submitted specification.
Project Olympus 2U Server Spec

2U Mechanical CAD File

Universal 2U server chassis features 12 Large Form Factor HDD storage expansion
Project Olympus Universal Motherboard

CAD model

Depicts a generic motherboard with I/O slots, face plate, mounting holes, power and management connectors all in the right place.
Project Olympus Server Power Supply This native N+1 1,000W PSU accepts two three-phase AC Power inputs to automatically balance the phases to enable more servers to be deployed into the datacenter.
Project Olympus Universal Power Supply Software Interface To enable the ecosystem to build many different motherboards, the software interface to the PSU is critical.

Project Olympus Server Motherboards

Project Olympus is designed for a mix and match of different motherboards in the standardized chassis.

Project Olympus Specifications Explanation
Project Olympus Intel XSP Motherboard

Electrical Collateral

Motherboard for dual-socket Intel Xeon Scalable Processor(XSP)
Project Olympus Intel XSP BIOS BIOS Specification used for the dual-socket Intel XSP motherboard.
Project Olympus AMD EPYC Motherboard Motherboard for dual-socket AMD EPYC
Project Olympus Cavium ThunderX2 ARM64 Motherboard Motherboard for dual-socket Cavium ThunderX2 ARM64
Qualcomm Centriq 2400 Motherboard for Project Olympus Qualcomm Single-SoC Motherboard shown at OCP March 2017 Summit


Project Olympus Expansion Chassis

Project Olympus features mix and match expansion modules.

Project Olympus Specifications Explanation
Project Olympus DX-88 Storage Expansion featuring 88 Hot-Swap Disk Drives. Can be set up to have one, two or four Project Olympus 1U Server Head Nodes for 88, 44, or 22 HDDs each.
Project Olympus Project Olympus DX-88 Power Supply Three Phase 1650W Hot-Swap PSU used as a pair in the DX-88 to provide highly available N+N power
Project Olympus HGX-1 Hyperscale GPU Accelerator Expansion Chassis featuring eight NVIDIA SXM2 GPUs

Quick Links

Project Olympus V1.0 Overview Slides (Nov 2017)

Data Center Dynamics / OCP Converged Summit Nov 2016

Project Olympus Introduction (Nov 2016)

Project Olympus Technical Overview (Nov 2016)

Project Olympus Universal Motherboard (Nov 2016)

Get Involved


More information about OCP events can be found at: http://www.opencompute.org/community/events/ocp-events-calendar

Project Olympus Kick-off at Data Center Dynamics Nov 2016

OCP March 2017 Summit Presentations:

  • Microsoft Project Olympus Overview - [slides]
  • Microsoft Project Olympus Servers - [slides]
  • Microsoft Project Olympus High Density Flash (FX-16) - [slides]
  • Microsoft Project Olympus Storage JBOD (HD-88) - [slides]
  • Microsoft Project Olympus AI Accelerator Chassis (HGX-1) - [slides]
  • Microsoft Project Olympus Rack Management - [slides]
  • Microsoft Power capping in Project Olympus - [slides]

OCP Engineering Workshop Sessions - TBD


This project meets - TBD

This call is open to the public.

The agenda as well as information on how to join the call can be found at: TBD

Working documents are posted to the WIKI at: TBD

Meeting minutes are available at: TBD


Project communication is done through the opencompute-project-olympus@lists.opencompute.org mailing list.

To get on the mailing list or manage your subscription go to: http://lists.opencompute.org/mailman/listinfo/opencompute-project-olympus

To access the mailing list archives go to: http://lists.opencompute.org/pipermail/opencompute-project-olympus/

Specifications and Designs

Any specifications that are accepted by the Foundation will be listed on the OCP Server Project Specs and Designs page at: http://www.opencompute.org/wiki/Server/SpecsAndDesigns