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Disaggregate: Networking recap

Posted about a month ago

Industry leaders in networking engineering share how disaggregating hardware and software fosters innovation. Read more...

The growing ecosystem around open networking hardware

Posted about a month ago

Several companies have developed solutions around Facebook's open networking technologies. Read more...

Sustainable materials in the data center

Posted about a month ago
blog post · Infra · Data Centers · Hardware · Open Compute

Building data center hardware from renewable natural fibers has helped Facebook reduce the environmental footprint of its hyper-efficient data centers even further. Read more...

Introducing Backpack: Our second-generation modular open switch

Posted about 4 months ago

Together with Wedge 100, Backpack brings us one step closer to the fully open 100G data center. Read more...

An open approach for switching, routing, and transport

Posted about 4 months ago

Facebook used Open Packet DWDM — a packet transponder and open line transport system with open optical specifications — to develop a new transponder platform called Voyager. Read more...

Wedge 100: More open and versatile than ever

Posted about 4 months ago

The specification for Facebook's second-generation top-of-rack switch has been accepted into the Open Compute Project. Read more...

Michael LiberteEngineering at Facebook

Facebook opens lab to others to validate infrastructure software

Posted about 6 months ago
blog post · Open Compute · Hardware · Testing

The new space was designed for vendors to test their software solutions on OCP contributed hardware. Read more...

Inside Facebook's hardware labs: Moving faster with more collaboration

Posted about 7 months ago
blog post · Infra · Hardware · Research

The state-of-the-art, 22,000-square-foot lab enables faster modeling, prototyping, and failure analysis in-house and better collaboration among teams. Read more...

Forrest BriggsResearch Scientist at Facebook

Surround 360 is now open source

Posted about 7 months ago
blog post · Open Source · Hardware · Video

The hardware camera design and software stitching code makes end-to-end 3D-360 video capture possible in one system — from shooting to video processing. Read more...

Kashif AliEngineer at Facebook

Introducing OpenCellular: An open source wireless access platform

Posted about 8 months ago

The platform can be configured as a network-in-a-box or cellular access point and supports wireless network standards from 2G to LTE. Read more...

Brian K CabralDirector of Engineering at Facebook

Introducing "Here and Now" — a new short film shot with Facebook Surround 360

Posted about 9 months ago
blog post · Culture · Video · Open Source · Hardware

The short film showcases the potential of 3D-360 video for telling rich stories, sharing realistic experiences, and connecting people with one another. Read more...

Brian K CabralDirector of Engineering at Facebook

Introducing Facebook Surround 360: An open, high-quality 3D-360 video capture system

Posted about 11 months ago
blog post · Video · Hardware

The system includes a design for the camera hardware and the accompanying stitching code that marries the video from 17 cameras, vastly reducing post-production effort and time. Read more...

Facebook AI Research launches partnership program

Posted about a year ago
blog post · Infra · Hardware · Research · Open Source

The Facebook AI Research Partner Program will donate 25 state-of-the-art GPU-based servers to EU research institutions to help advance the science of artificial intelligence. Read more...

Ted ReedSoftware Engineer at Facebook

Hardware and firmware attacks: Defending, detecting, and responding

Posted about a year ago
blog post · Hardware · Security · Hacking · Open Source

Simple tools like osquery give defenders important insights about what's happening on their network so they can quickly detect a potential compromise. Read more...

Aaron BernsteinEngineering

Telecom industry embraces Open Compute Project

Posted about a year ago
blog post · Infra · Hardware · Compute · Open Compute · Data Centers · Open Source

Industry leaders are collaborating on a new effort focused on data center technologies for telcos. Read more...

Facebook to open-source AI hardware design

Posted about a year ago
blog post · Infra · Open Source · Open Compute · Research · Hardware · Performance

Recent advances in machine learning and AI have been enabled by more powerful computers — specifically ones powered by GPUs. Read more...

Open networking advances with Wedge and FBOSS

Posted about a year ago

Work is already underway in scaling our software to operate at higher speeds and handle higher complexity. Read more...

Under the hood: Facebook’s cold storage system

Posted about 2 years ago

Finding a place for images to live so they can be instantly available is a recurring scale challenge for Facebook. Read more...

Erin GreenEngineering

Open Compute Project U.S. Summit 2015 – Facebook News Recap

Posted about 2 years ago
blog post · Open Compute · Hardware

News from the 2015 Open Compute Summit. Read more...

Hu LiEngineering

Introducing "Yosemite": the first open source modular chassis for high-powered microservers

Posted about 2 years ago
blog post · Infra · Data · Performance · Open Compute · Open Source · Compute · Data Centers · Hardware

To provide our infrastructure with capacity that scales out with the demand, we designed a modular chassis that contains high-powered system-on-a-chip (SoC) processor cards, code-named “Yosemite.” Today, we're proposing the Yosemite design as a contribution to the Open Compute Project. Read more...

Erin GreenEngineering

Networking @Scale Recap

Posted about 2 years ago
blog post · @Scale · Hardware · Networking and Traffic

Networking @Scale, the latest iteration of the @Scale conference series, brought together speakers from Facebook, Fastly, Google, JPMorgan Chase, Microsoft, and Netflix, to discuss networking challenges. Read more...

Yuval BacharEngineering

Introducing “6-pack”: the first open hardware modular switch

Posted about 2 years ago

With “6-pack,” we have created an architecture that enables us to build any size switch using a simple set of common building blocks. Read more...

Alexey AndreyevEngineering

Introducing data center fabric, the next-generation Facebook data center network

Posted about 2 years ago

The more than 1.35 billion people who use Facebook on an ongoing basis rely on a seamless, “always on” site performance. On the back end, we have many advanced sub-systems and infrastructures in place that make such a real-time experience possible, and our scalable, high-performance network is one of them. Read more...

Sean LynchEngineering

Monitoring cache with Claspin

Posted about 4 years ago

When I started at Facebook, I joined the newly formed cache performance team in production engineering. Our goal was to get a handle on the health of our various cache systems and to facilitate quick troubleshooting, starting with answering the question, "Is this problem being caused by the cache?". Read more...

Yael MaguireEngineering
Sanjeev KumarDirector Engineering at Facebook

How Project Triforce Prepared our Software Stack for Prineville

Posted about 6 years ago
blog post · Infra · Data · Compute · Hardware · Open Compute · Prineville · Data Centers · MySQL

For the first few years of Facebook’s existence, we served our users from data centers in a single region in Northern California. As the site grew, we added a second region of data centers in Virginia in 2007, and this year, we launched our third region in Prineville, Oregon. Read more...

Jay ParkEngineering

Designing a Very Efficient Data Center

Posted about 6 years ago
blog post · Data · Compute · Hardware · Data Centers · Prineville · Open Source · Open Compute

When we started designing our Prineville, Ore., data center as part of the Open Compute Project, we did so with a "less is more" philosophy. We wanted a highly energy efficient, less costly, simpler and more reliable facility that could serve as a model for other data centers. Read more...

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