Another long shot is that Facebook's Open Compute Project (OCP)
has come up with some wild and wonderful new design concept that
Facebook is going to drive, say a merged switch and server. OK, I am
dreaming, but it would make great ink for EE Times.
long as I am dreaming, how about some real fantasy: Maybe Facebook will
buy AMD with its extra billions, go off and build its own data center
SoCs and say sayonara to the whole open source thing.
tech celebrity—like Larry Ellison--will become the new chairman of OCP.
Ugh, sorry, too much culture clash in that guess.
Sobering up for
a second, I recall at that holiday media party the model of a new
headquarters building that was on display. Maybe this is just one more
groundbreaking—Mark Zuckerberg in hoddie with shovel in hand beside a
pile of dirt near the Bay. Please, God, no!
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With Facebook offering messaging and Facebook groups I wonder if they are going to announce a marketing type of service. They could leverage the huge database of users and their interests for companies looking to target specific markets. This seems to be an easy way for them to make money and "provide" a service to their users.
My high school and college age kids tend to use Facebook for all of their email type stuff and in some cases, instead of texting. Most people don't spend much time talking on the phone these days. My guess is that they are going to make a major challenge to Google in some area..
Rick, FB's 'building' is most likely a mega datacenter. As for FB buying AMD... I just don't see it! Google has been way ahead in data center technologies with its own servers and custom-built switches.
A like button on my laundry machine... naaah!
As soon as I file a Facebook PR rep tells me the press con is NOT about the Open Compute Summit.
Hmmm. A phone? a phablet? A new data center getting built in the expensive and relatively hot environment of Silicon Valley?
What do you think it is?
David Patterson, known for his pioneering research that led to RAID, clusters and more, is part of a team at UC Berkeley that recently made its RISC-V processor architecture an open source hardware offering. We talk with Patterson and one of his colleagues behind the effort about the opportunities they see, what new kinds of designs they hope to enable and what it means for today’s commercial processor giants such as Intel, ARM and Imagination Technologies.