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Blog posts tagged 'Hardware'

Under the hood: Facebook’s cold storage system

Posted about 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 5 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 7 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 7 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...

Amir MichaelEngineering

Inside the Open Compute Project Server

Posted about 7 years ago
blog post · Infra · Data · Data Centers · Hardware · Open Compute · Open Source · Optimization

We launched the Open Compute Project, an effort to nurture industry collaboration on the best practices and implementation of power- and cost-efficient compute infrastructure, yesterday. At the heart of the project lies the Open Compute server, a highly optimized server layout developed by Facebook engineers and industry partners. Read more...

Carlos BuenoFixer at Facebook

The Full Stack, Part I

Posted about 7 years ago
blog post · Infra · Data · Storage · Networking and Traffic · Compute · Hardware

One of my most vivid memories from school was the day our chemistry teacher let us in on the Big Secret: every chemical reaction is a joining or separating of links between atoms. Which links form or break is completely governed by the energy involved and the number of electrons each atom has. The principle stuck with me long after I'd forgotten the details. There existed a simple reason for all of the strange rules of chemistry, and that reason lived at a lower level of reality. Maybe other things in the world were like that too. Read more...

Jay ParkEngineering

New Cooling Strategies for Greater Data Center Energy Efficiency

Posted about 7 years ago
blog post · Infra · Hardware

Energy efficiency in the data center has both environmental and economic payoffs. Lately at Facebook we've been implementing strategies and industry best practices that allow us to run the most energy efficient data centers. We also made an interesting discovery along the way: you can realize greater efficiency gains from newer data centers, which are already much more energy efficient than their predecessors. Read more...

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