Facebook says it built a new computer system from scratch that’s faster, more energy-efficient and less costly.
The social network will also be publishing the designs in an effort dubbed the Open Compute Project. The idea for a completely new way to build computer systems began two years ago with three engineers working out of Facebook’s basement in Palo Alto, California. A few months later, the project moved to a building in Prineville, Oregon, where they began building the data center from the ground up. Facebook says it started with a “clean slate” to give it total control.The new system uses 38-percent less energy and does the same work as Facebook’s existing computers, but costs nearly 25-percent less. Dell has already signed on to build servers based on Facebook’s designs, and Synnex Corp will act as its vendor. The full specs are posted at opencompute.org.