OCP Global Summit demos the power of collaboration for the data center

  • October 16, 2023 | Author: Peter Krass
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Thousands of data-center professionals will gather in Silicon Valley this month for the 2023 OCP Global Summit.

This in-person event, sponsored by the Open Compute Project, will be held in San Jose, Calif., on Oct. 17 – 19.

The theme for this year’s conference: “Scaling innovation through collaboration.”

About OCP

OCP members share data center products and best practices that apply open standards. The group’s projects include server design, data storage, rack design, energy-efficient data centers, open networking switches, and servers.

The OCP requires that all contributions meet at least 3 of its 5 core tenets:

  • Efficiency: including power delivery, thermal, platform, overall cost, latencies
  • Impact: including efficiency gains, use of new tech, more robust supply chain
  • Openness: strive to comply with existing open interfaces
  • Scalability: can be used in large-scale deployments.
  • Sustainability: Be transparent about environmental impact, and aspire to improve over time.

OCP began as a Facebook project, launched in 2009, to build an energy-efficient data center. That led to the opening of a Facebook data center in Pineville, Ore., that the company says is 24% less expensive to run than its previous facilities.

That led to OCP being founded in 2011. Today the nonprofit organization has nearly 300 corporate members and over 6,000 active participants. Membership is available in four levels — community, silver, gold and platinum.

OCP’s membership list is a veritable who’s who of tech. Members include Amazon, AMD, Arm, AT&T, Cisco, Dell, Google, HPE, IBM, Lenovo, Meta, Supermicro and Tencent.

AMD & Supermicro participating

Among the keynote speakers at this year’s OCP Global Summit will be Forrest Norrod, executive VP and GM of the data center solutions business group at AMD. He’ll be giving a presentation on Oct. 17 entitled, “Together we advance the modern data center.”

Also, Supermicro will be showing three of its servers at the OCP Global Summit:

  • Supermicro CloudDC A+ Server: Designed for data center, web server, cloud computing and more, this 1U rackmount server is powered by a single AMD EPYC 9004 Series processor.
  • Supermicro Hyper A+ Server: This 2U server is intended for virtualization, AI inference and machine learning, software-defined storage, cloud computing, and use as an enterprise server. It’s powered by dual AMD EPYC 9004 Series processors.
  • Supemicro Storage A+ Server: This 2U storage device can handle software-defined storage, cloud, in-memory computing, data-intensive HPC workloads, and NVMe-over-fabric solutions. It’s powered by a single AMD EPYC 9004 Series processor.

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