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Taiwan plays critical role in Facebook's OCP development

TAIPEI -- Taiwan plays a very important role in developing the Facebook Inc.-led Open Compute Project (OCP), an initiative aimed at openly sharing designs of data center products, experts said.

“The OCP is a global trend and standard, and we are glad that Taiwanese companies already play important roles in the growing ecosystem,” said Shyu Jyuo-min, president of Taiwan's Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI).

“With the OCP certification laboratory set up by ITRI, we aim to promote adoption of OCP solutions in the age of cloud computing,” he said at a press conference in Taipei.

OCP executive director Cole Crawford praised ITRI as being one of the tidal forces lifting all ships in the industry.

“ITRI was not only a pioneer, an innovator, but also one of the founding members of the initiative,” he said.

Representatives from Quanta QCT and Wiwynn also expressed confidence that the initiative will give Taiwan an excellent chance to grab commercial opportunities in the cloud computing field.

The OCP solutions can help reduce energy consumption by 30-38 percent and save 20-24 percent in material costs, compared with conventional data centers, the experts said.

On Monday, an OCP approved certification laboratory, the first of its kind in the world, was formally opened in Hsinchu to coincide with a technology forum.

The lab, which actually began operations on Dec. 27, 2013, will certify submissions from data centers around the world by testing whether the applicants' hardware, software and operating systems meet the standards of Facebook's server designs.

Taiwan aims to raise the total output of its cloud computing industry to NT$450 billion (US$14.85 billion) in 2015, according to the Ministry of Economic Affairs.

Launched in April 2011 by a small team of Facebook engineers, the non-profit Open Compute Project Foundation aims to spark a collaborative dialogue among partners to develop the most efficient computing infrastructure.

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