Certification Lab to Be a Focus at Open Compute Symposium

By Jeffrey Burt  |  Posted 2014-05-07

SAN ANTONIO, Texas—The Open Compute Project, the Facebook-led open-source effort to develop highly energy-efficient data center equipment, is hosting its first annual Open BigCloud Symposium and OCP Workshop May 7-8 here on the campus of the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). The topics include Open Compute hardware and OpenStack software, software-defined networking and cloud computing. The symposium will give attendees a chance to see the Open Computer certification lab at the university's Cloud and Big Data Laboratory. The lab—one of two such facilities in the world, with the other in Taiwan—was announced in January, with its task being to test open systems for quality assurance and interoperability. Paul Rad, the UTSA lab director and vice president of research at Rackspace, has big plans for the facility, from driving innovation in open-source hardware, to running proofs-of-concept for end users, to being a magnet that will draw top students and researchers in cloud computing and big data. It will be the place where people in the field will come to meet and collaborate. Rad and Daniel Smolenski, senior network analyst in the UTSA College of Sciences and manager of the OCP lab, recently gave eWEEK a tour of the site. (Photos by eWEEK).


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