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.
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.