Showing posts with label #OCPSummit. Show all posts
Showing posts with label #OCPSummit. Show all posts

Monday, March 14, 2016

Video: Infinite Storage Bandwidth

We're facing a really big problem in shared storage because CPU bandwidth is not keeping up with network bandwidth or SSD bandwidth, says Fritz Kruger, Engineering Fellow and Chief Hardware Architectu for SanDisk System and Software Solutions.

This video looks at the widening performance gap between network, storage and DRAM bandwidth.

YouTube: https://youtu.be/JHcIVhq199Q




Sunday, March 13, 2016

Video: Equinix Joins Telecom Infrastructure Project

Equinix has just joined OCP's Telecom Infrastructure Project, which aims to bring the same principles of openness and disaggregation to the telco domain.


In this video, Ihab Tarazi, CTO of Equinix, discusses expectations of the project.  Equinix will support customers in its data centers as they deploy the next generation of OCP-compliant systems.

YouTube: https://youtu.be/ViWLx1lFnx8


Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Here's what Happened at Open Compute Project Summit

In the five years since its launch, the Open Compute Project (OCP) has chalked up dozens of innovations and technical specification contributions that have been implemented by hyperscale data center operators. The ambitions have now expanded beyond rack hardware to include switching, storage, silicon photonics,  a telemetry framework, an open-source analytics platform and new domain of solutions adapted for telecom operators.

Here are some highlights from this week's OCP Summit in San Jose, California:

  • Hundreds of companies and thousands of developers are now participating in Open Compute
  • Facebook estimates it has saved several billion dollars thanks to OCP
  • The OCP Board of Directors includes Jason Taylor (Facebook), Bill Laing (Microsoft), Don Duet (Goldman Sachs), Mark Roenick (Rackspace), Jason Waxman (Intel), Andy Bechtolsheim, and Frank Frankovsky.
  • OCP has big ambitions for the telecom world which needs efficient infrastructure too. OCP has launched a Telecom Infrastructure Project that includes initial participation from AT&T, DT, EE, Equinix, Nokia, SK Telecom and Verizon.
  • Facebook is moving quickly to bring 100G technology into the network backbone of its hyperscale data centers
  • Intel said its OCP Rack Scale Architecture, with compute shelves, NVMe storage shelves, and network shelves has gained traction from a robust ecosystem of partners.
  • OCP rack servers are moving to a standard 19" design.  This enables system to pack up to 256GB of DDR4 DIMMs on a single motherboard.
  • OCP foresees that specialized workloads, such as security or SDN, will benefit from acceleration boards based on FPGAs.
  • Silicon photonics will soon be a requirement in hyperscale data centers, especially when backbones eventually upgrade beyond 100G.
  • OCP is developing an open telemetry framework for data centers.
  • OCP open telemetry will be matched by an OCP open analytics platform.
  • Microsoft highlighted its role in developing an open switch abstraction interface (SAI) to remove complexity in hyperscale data centers
  • Microsoft's next OCP contribution is Software for Open Networking in the Cloud (SONiC), which allows sharing of the same software stack across hardware from multiple switch vendors. With its modular architecture and lean stack, SONiC allows data center operators to debug, fix, and test software bugs much faster. It also allows the flexibility to scale down the software and develop features that are required for datacenter and networking needs.
  • Artificial Intelligence applications will require highly efficient and massively scalable hardware blocks.  Facebook is bringing these AI requirements to OCP. Its Big Sur AI hardware assembly has already deployed thousands of machines in just a few months. Big Sur is Open Rack-compatible and incorporates eight high-performance GPUs of up to 300 watts each, with the flexibility to configure between multiple PCI-e topologies. It uses NVIDIA's Tesla Accelerated Computing Platform.

  • Google has just joined OCP. The biggest cloud participants also include Facebook, Microsoft and Rackspace.  (still missing Amazon, Alibaba, Apple, LinkedIn, etc).
  • Google's first contribution to OCP is its design for a 48v data center rack.  Google said its design is 30% more energy efficient, in part by minimizing AC-DC conversions.
  • Equinix has announced it is adopting Facebook’s Wedge network switch design and open-source architecture.
  • Goldman Sachs announced that more than 80% of servers that the company has acquired since last summer are based on OCP standards.
  • OCP is introducing Lightning, which is  flexible NVMe JBOF (just a bunch of flash). It is designed to provide a PCIe gen 3 connection from end to end (CPU to SSD). It leverages the existing Open Vault (Knox) SAS JBOD infrastructure to provide a faster time to market, maintain a common look and feel, enable modularity in PCIe switch solutions, and enable flexibility in SSD form factors. 

http://www.opencompute.org/


Panasonic's "freeze-ray" Long-term Storge Uses 300 GB Optical Discs

Panasonic unveiled its enhanced "freeze-ray" series Data Archiver, which uses 300GB Optical Discs for long-term storage. The system was developed in collaboration with Facebook and shown at this week's Open Compute Project Summit in San Jose.


A fully-loaded freeze-ray system can pack 1.9 petabytes of data in a standard 19-inch data center rack.

In the future, Panasonic plans to increase the capacity of the Archival Disc to 500GB and eventually 1TB per disk.

http://panasonic.net/avc/archiver/freeze-ray/

Radisys Launches DCEngine Frame Inspired by Open Compute

Radisys launched its "DCEngine" - a 42 RU frame based on principles of the Open Compute Project (OCP) with enhancements for communication service providers.

Radisys said its DCEngine provides a disruptive cloud platform that goes well beyond software-defined networking to create a truly open, software-defined services delivery infrastructure that fully embraces open source hardware and software technologies and offers DevOps agility to service providers.

DCEngine highilghts:

  • A pre-installed, ready-to-deploy frame inspired by OCP as an open architecture for Radisys and third-party partners. 
  • Performance and scalability through a collection of easily deployed and serviced compute, storage and networking sleds. DCEngine offers up to 2.4 petabytes of storage and up to 152 Intel Xeon class processors in a standard 42 RU frame.
  • A flexible software and management framework enabling the most demanding service provider workloads. This framework is based on leading open source projects including the Open Network Operating System (ONOS) and Central Office Re-architected as a Datacenter (CORD) initiatives being led by On.LAB.
  • A design that meets next-generation central office and service provider data center specifications, including NEBS temperature, EMI and seismic requirements where required.
  • Professional services and cradle-to-grave lifecycle management of DCEngine hardware and fully validated and supported software stacks, including design, installation, configuration, deployment and ongoing maintenance and validation.
Radisys confirmed initial orders and shipment of DCEngine into one of the world’s largest mobile operators late in 2015 .

“Radisys’ 25-plus years of communication software DNA, coupled with our leadership in open telecommunication platforms, positions us as the ideal partner for communication service providers looking to evolve from existing central office architecture to the cloud,” said Brian Bronson, President and Chief Executive Officer at Radisys. “DCEngine’s seamless scalability and efficient lifecycle management, coupled with our proven track record of understanding and addressing the needs of the service provider, positions Radisys to be a leader in enabling the evolution of next-generation operator infrastructure.”

Separately, Radisys noted that it has joined the Open Compute Project as a silver member.