RESEARCH PAPER: The Open Compute Project Provides Inspiration, but Delivery is Unclear

The Open Compute Project (OCP) was developed by Facebook and other hyperscale computing leaders in 2011 to help the datacenter hardware community embrace open, efficient, and cost-optimized design principles. Since then, other industry leaders such as Microsoft, Apple, Google, financial services firms, and telecomm providers have joined OCP to take part in the collaboration and community efforts. One of OCP’s key goals has been to bring design and supply chain efficiencies to mainstream enterprise IT by making hyperscale-inspired designs available to a wider array of end users.

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Table of Contents

  • Executive Summary
  • Market Drivers for “Open” Technologies
  • The Open Compute Project History & Vision
  • Open Compute Today
  • Strong Leadership, but a Long Way to Mainstream Adoption
  • Is There an OCP Standard?
  • Well-Defined Specifications Lacking Implementation Details
  • The Supply Chain Has Grown, Yet Challenges Persist
  • Today’s OCP Servers are Not for Every Workload
  • Call to Action
  • Figure 1: The Hardware Value Chain with OCP
  • Appendix A: Design Guidance Available for Open Rack Submissions
  • Appendix B: Design Guidance Available for Open Cloud Server (OCS) Submissions
  • Appendix C: Design Guidance Available for Other Submissions

Companies Cited

  • Alibaba
  • Amazon
  • Apple
  • AT&T
  • Baidu
  • Bank of America
  • Capital One
  • Dell
  • Deutsche Telekom
  • EE
  • Facebook
  • Fidelity Investments
  • Foxconn
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Google
  • HPE
  • Hyve
  • IBM
  • Intel
  • ITOCHU Techno-Solutions Corporation
  • JPMorgan Chase
  • Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • Lenovo
  • Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • Microsoft
  • Murata Manufacturing
  • NTT Data Intellilink
  • Open Compute Project Foundation
  • Open Web Foundation
  • Penguin Computing
  • Quanta
  • Rackspace
  • Sandia National Laboratory
  • SK Telecom
  • Stack Velocity
  • Tencent
  • US Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration
  • Verizon