Intel today disclosed several contributions to the Open Compute Project (OCP) as part of its commitment to a standards-based ecosystem of software and hardware developers. Intel works in collaboration with the broad OCP community to drive innovations that meet the growing demands of hyper scale data center infrastructure. Jason Waxman, corporate vice president in Intel’s Data Center Group, highlighted several of these contributions in his keynote this week at the 2017 OCP U.S. Summit.
At the summit, Intel announced that it released to partners the second generation (Gen2) of Intel® Rack Scale Design software based in v2.1 software. Intel Rack Scale Design hardware management software provides an effective way to manage OCP systems. Gen2 provides operators of hyper scale data centers with modern hardware manageability features and the ability to dynamically compose infrastructure based on pools of PCIe storage to meet highly varied workload requirements.
Intel also released several IP libraries for use with Intel FPGAs in cloud applications. The Intel FPGA IP libraries support widely used accelerator functions, including deep learning, data analytics, compression and encryption workloads and simplify the task for FPGA developers to ease and accelerate solutions deployment.
Several other innovations related to OCP were described by Intel and its ecosystem partners that span compute, storage and network technologies, such as optimizations to the Intel Math Kernel Library (MKL) to speed up artificial intelligence workloads, Lightning NVMe storage solution and network solutions based on Intel Silicon Photonics, among others.