SOCIAL NOTWORKING OUTFIT Facebook has open sourced its datacentre engineering by publishing the designs and specifications for the power efficient datacentre it is building.
Facebook's Open Commute Project is an industry-wide initiative designed to put the plans behind efficient and economical datacentres into the hands of all, where the company hopes it will start a "collaborative dialogue".
To kickstart the project, Facebook is unveiling the specifications for its recently completed Prineville, Oregon datacentre, which the company built from the ground up over the past two years. Everything was designed anew, including the building, cooling, racks and servers, power supplies and battery backup systems, and all of this information will now be shared with the wider world.
The datacentre uses 38 per cent less energy and costs 24 per cent less than existing Facebook datacentres, thanks to a 480V power distribution system for reduced energy loss, removal of inefficient parts and mechanisms, custom racks and servers, the reuse of hot aisle air in winter to heat offices and the outside air, and elimination of the need for a central uninterruptible power supply.
Details about Facebook's Prineville datacentre can found at the Open Compute Project website. µ