Open Compute Project

The Open Compute Project (OCP) is a non-profit organization founded by Facebook in 2011, two years after Facebook began revolutionizing its data center design. Facebook needed a larger, more efficient data center as they grew in popularity. They built a data center from the ground up, improving the design and hardware and reducing the overall cost. In 2011, they opened the project to other organizations and created the Open Compute Project Foundation, sharing detailed information on their data center plans, designs, and measurements with anyone who was interested. 

The OCP believes that open collaboration is the best way to promote creativity and innovation. As the need for bigger and better data centers increases, the OCP wants the data center design process to be efficient and economical. They have multiple ongoing projects that are listed on their website and broken down into subcategories, such as an advanced cooling facility (just one segment of their data center facility project). The OCP expects data center hardware to meet the needs of data center innovation accordingly as data centers continue to grow. 

Most recently, OCP procedures are being implemented in artificial intelligence development as well. Intel has been developing AI technology alongside the Open Compute Project. Over the past year and a half, the OCP has also been working on an Open Accelerator Infrastructure, which helps AI technology to integrate with data center networks more quickly. 

Webopedia Staff
Since 1995, more than 100 tech experts and researchers have kept Webopedia’s definitions, articles, and study guides up to date. For more information on current editorial staff, please visit our About page.

Top Articles

List of Windows Operating System Versions & History [In Order]

The Windows operating system (Windows OS) refers to a family of operating systems developed by Microsoft Corporation. We look at the history of Windows...

How to Create a Website Shortcut on Your Desktop

Website Shortcut on Your Desktop reviewed by Web Webster   This Webopedia guide will show you how to create a website shortcut on your desktop using...

What are the Five Generations of Computers? (1st to 5th)

Reviewed by Web Webster Learn about each of the 5 generations of computers and major technology developments that have led to the computing devices that...

Hotmail [Outlook] Email Accounts

Launched in 1996, Hotmail was one of the first public webmail services that could be accessed from any web browser. At its peak in...

Indicators of Compromise

When a system administrator finds anomalous or malicious behavior within network...

Disk Drive

A disk drive is a device that allows a computer to read from...

Firewall as a Service...

For the cloud-first organization, Firewall as a Service (FWaaS) brings all...