Facebook goes “open hardware;” see http://opencompute.org/ for more details.
Facebook won’t make any money from the Open Compute Project announced yesterday. Rather, by making the blueprints and mechanical designs of its servers available to everyone through a model known as open source, the company hopes others will improve them. Facebook can then incorporate those advances into its own servers.
“Being able to design more efficient servers . . . is a big part of being able to build the things we build,’’ said Frank Frankovsky, director of hardware design and supply chain at Facebook.