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Facebook Goes Open Source

Facebook Launches Open Compute Project

By Stephen Spector on Fri, 04/08/11 - 3:07pm.

Yesterday afternoon, Facebook announced new initiative, Open Compute, a open specification for server and data center hardware to support modern computing demands in a more efficient and less expensive manner than is commonly used.  These specifications come directly from Facebook’s current computing infrastructure that has finished a 1-year overhaul taking into consideration efficiency and cost. Here are some of the details from Facebook on their energy efficiency:

•    Facebook’s energy consumption per unit of computing power has declined by 38%
•    The new data center has a PUE of 1.07, well below the EPA-defined state-of-the-art industry average of 1.5. This means 93% of the energy from the grid makes it into every Open Compute server.
•    We've removed centralized chillers, eliminated traditional inline UPS systems and removed a 480V to 208V transformation.
•    Ethernet-powered LED lighting and passive cooling infrastructure reduce energy spent on running the facility.

Here is a short video from Facebook on this project:

 

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