Sunday, January 24, 2016

Facebook Picks Ireland for 2nd European Data Center

Facebook has selected Ireland as the location for its 2nd data center in Europe. Ireland has been Facebook's international headquarters since 2009.

The new facility, which will be located in Clonee, County Meath, will run entirely on the renewal energy resources (wind) already available in Ireland and cooled by outside air. The data center will employ the latest designs from the Open Compute Project.  The facility is expected to come online in late 2017 or early 2018.

Facebook Engineering: Building a Live Video Broadcast Capability

The Facebook Engineering team is building the ability for people to share live video on Facebook, potentially to very large numbers of viewers. In this blog post, engineers described "the thundering herd" problem - public figures with millions of followers on Facebook may suddenly start a live broadcast. Facebook needs to be able to handle the potential of more than a million people watching the broadcast at the same time, as happened recently with...

Facebook Targets 32x100G Wedge Data Center Switch

Facebook confirmed that work is already underway on Wedge 100, a 32x100G switch for its hyperscale data centers. Facebook is also adapting Wedge to a much bigger aggregation switch called 6-pack, which uses Wedge as its foundation and stacks 12 of these Wedges in a modular and nonblocking aggregation switch. FBOSS will be used as a software stack across the growing platform of network switches: Wedge, 6-pack, and now Wedge 100. In an engineering...

Facebook's Latest Open Compute Project Data Center

Facebook has kicked off construction of its fifth mega data center in Fort Worth, Texas. The new site will join the other major Facebook data centers located in Prineville (Oregon), Forest City (North Carolina), Lulea (Sweden), and Altoona (Iowa). The new Fort Worth data center will feature the latest Open Compute Project hardware designs — including Yosemite, Wedge, and 6-pack — making it one of the most advanced data centers in the world. Notably,...


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