In a world increasingly moving towards open source technologies, data centres are also no longer exception or limited to a few companies. Google has joined one such initiative called Open Compute Project by Facebook which brings the expertise of individual companies together to enable sharing of the technology of building better data centres.
Today, Google joined the Open Compute Project. Google has always built some of the best infrastructures in the industry, so this is a strong symbolic move that our open model of development is the best way forward for everyone,
announced Mark Zuckerberg through a post.
Open Compute Project was launched in the year 2011 by Facebook to change the way data centres are designed and operated. Through the project, Facebook aims to make faster progress by sharing the designs and working together with other companies.
Zuckerberg further wrote about the success of the project so far and said,
So far, we’ve saved billions of dollars in energy and efficiency improvements. Open Compute now brings together hundreds of companies and thousands of engineers to make progress together even faster.
Through the OCP, Google will share its technology of 48-volt power distribution to data centre racks. Google claims to be working on this technology since 2010 and says that it is 30 percent more energy-efficient that its previous-generation 12V systems.
As the industry’s working to solve these same problems and dealing with higher-power workloads, such as GPUs for machine learning, it makes sense to standardise this new design by working with OCP
wrote John Zipfel, Technical Program Manager at Google in a blog post.
He further added that this would help everyone adopt the next generation power architecture and realize the same power efficiency and cost benefits as Google.
Facebook also intends to use OCP as a global infrastructire and use its computing power to build experiences that rely more on technology like artificial intelligence (AI) and virtual reality (VR).