OCP Summit news
2016 marked the seventh OCP Summit and was held in San Jose, California. It attracted over 2000 people this year including many industry leaders. Jason Taylor, President and Chairman of the Open Compute Project (OCP), and VP of Infrastructure for Facebook, highlighted the continued growth of the OCP community. He also discussed the OCP momentum seen among large web, financial technology, and telecommunications companies, during his keynote presentation.
Headlines from this year
There were many announcements this year. Below are some of the OCP Summit highlights:
- Development of 19” OCP-inspired equipment is one of the largest trends we should see more of coming soon.
- Jason Taylor noted the extraordinary growth in the networking industry over the past six years and explained why it is worth taking note and preparing for a huge increase in bandwidth.
- This year there were over 20 new contributions accepted by OCP.
- It is clear that Microsoft (via Mark Russinovich, CTO of Azure) are pushing hard into open source.
- Microsoft also proposed a new innovation for OCP inclusion called Software for Open Networking in the Cloud (SONiC). SONiC is about cloud speed and scale, and can easily extend with other open source, third party, or proprietary software components. Find it on GitHub.
- Intel (via Jason Waxman, Corporate Vice President, Data Center Group, and GM Cloud Platforms Group, Intel) announced the design of a next-generation datacentre storage architecture that pools high-speed NVM Express™ solid-state drives to accelerate storage performance.
- Intel also announced plans to deliver software libraries in combination with next generation Intel® Xeon® processors and Arria® 10 GX FPGAs on a multichip package for software development.
- Urs Hölzle, SVP of Technical Infrastructure and Google Fellow at Google announced that Google have now joined OCP. Google have been collaborating with Facebook on a new rack specification that includes 48V power distribution and a new form factor to allow OCP racks to fit into their datacentres.