Facebook Releases Server And Data Centre Design To Open Source

Facebook has launched the Open Compute Project, under which the social networking giant will share its server and data centre designs with the industry to spur data centre innovation.

The company released the specifications and data centre designs for more energy efficient and powerful servers and data centres, and wants to work with industry pioneers and the open source community to better the design.

Facebook has been trialling the project for over a year, working with industry giants Alfa Tech, AMD, Delta, Intel, Power-One and Quanta to tweak its Oregon data centre.

The joint effort by Facebook, tech firms and the open source community has turned its data centre into one of the most energy efficient facilities in the world.

According to the company, the energy consumption per unit of computing power has declined by 38 per cent and around 93 per cent of the energy generated by the grid reaches every Open Compute server.

“By releasing Open Compute Project technologies as open hardware, our goal is to develop servers and data centers following the model traditionally associated with open source software projects,” the company said on the Open Compute website.

“Our first step is releasing the specifications and mechanical drawings. The second step is working with the community to improve them,” Facebook explained.