SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The pizza, trail mix and sodas flowed freely as nearly 100 engineers joined a hardware hackathon at the Open Compute Summit here Jan. 16, hammering out creative ideas to solve data center problems.
The group above was a mix of consultants and students, many of whom met for the first time at the event. They showed team spirit, insisting all members get included in a photo of their multidimensional server temperature sensor.
The winning team developed ideas for a distributed sensor network to monitor a data center. The Open Compute Foundation that hosted the event offered them a prize of subsidizing the costs of filing for a patent on the work or help bringing the product to market.
From left, Andrew Taber, Bruce Gottlieb, Rob Stephenson, Dave
Rauchwerk, Eric Max and Joel Franusic show their multidimensional server
Facebook's Prineville, Ore. facilities manager worked on a Bluetooth link to report stats from an individual server.
But a more ambitious effort--that won the prize--worked on a sensor network to report details from many servers. I have no other info on it, though.
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