Today, Facebook did a Live Event at their HQ. It is not introducing any new features to Facebook. Instead, it features what the servers that is supporting behind Facebook. Over a period, engineers at Facebook are working closely with partners to come up with new Servers that are more efficient in all aspects. Now that they have succeeded, Facebook decides to share with everyone the technology behind it and starts the Open Compute Project that showcases their Open Compute Servers.
To the millions of Facebook users, this may sound boring. However, to engineers who maintain Data Centers or servers, these servers are really innovative.
Facebook has decided to strip everything that is “not necessary” in the server and only to install things that are required. In this way, it strips the servers off some weight and also improve the efficiency.
One of the interesting things that I saw (via Live Streaming) is that Facebook redesigned their Data Center, cooling those servers with natural air (no aircondition!). This is also an feat (in my opinion) that Facebook has achieved.
Here is a video that sums up what they have done in this project.
Here are some things that Facebook has achieved with the new servers and the data center.
- Facebook’s energy consumption per unit of computing power has declined by 38%2.
- The new data center has a PUE of 1.073, well below the EPA-defined state-of-the-art industry average of 1.51. This means 93% of the energy from the grid makes it into every Open Compute server.
- We’ve removed centralized chillers, eliminated traditional inline UPS systems and removed a 480V to 208V transformation.
- Ethernet-powered LED lighting and passive cooling infrastructure reduce energy spent on running the facility.
Facebook is now ready to open up and share with everyone about the new innovation. Head down to their Project Website to know more about the technology.