Certification Lab to Be a Focus at Open Compute Symposium

1 - Certification Lab to Be a Focus at Open Compute Symposium
2 - Welcome to the OCP Certification Lab
3 - Mapping the Future
4 - Testing the Systems
5 - AMD and Intel Together
6 - Facebook's Winterfell Servers
7 - AMD's Open Computer 3.0 System
8 - A Look Back at Facebook's First Systems
9 - Taking a Look at Storage
10 - Doing All the Tests
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Certification Lab to Be a Focus at Open Compute Symposium

by Jeffrey Burt

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Welcome to the OCP Certification Lab

Rad, left, and Smolenski stand in the main room of the UTSA Open Compute certification lab, which has been operating for about six months.

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Mapping the Future

Rad takes to the whiteboard at the UTSA lab to illustrate the plans he has for the facility, which he said will benefit vendors, end users and university researchers alike.

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Testing the Systems

Open Compute servers from Advanced Micro Devices, Intel and Facebook are run through their paces.

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AMD and Intel Together

The systems in this rack include AMD's Open Compute 3.0 "Roadrunner" and Intel's Decathlete server modules.

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Facebook's Winterfell Servers

Smolenski pulls out a Facebook server that is being tested. Facebook started the OCP in 2011 after designing its own low-power, lost-cost server for its massive data centers.

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AMD's Open Computer 3.0 System

The chip maker introduced the energy-efficient compute board in early 2013. That and Intel's Decathlete were the first systems to be certified by the UTSA lab.

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A Look Back at Facebook's First Systems

Among the systems being displayed in the lab were earlier versions of Facebook's Winterfell systems, including the oldest one on the left.

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Taking a Look at Storage

The lab won't only be testing servers. It recently received an open storage appliance from Quanta that was built according to Open Network Install Environment (ONIE) standards.

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Doing All the Tests

The systems tested by the OCP lab go through different stages, from single system testing to rack to full environments.

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