Open Compute Project Foundation announces new board seat for Google and board member

The Open Compute Project Foundation (OCP) is a collaborative community focused on redesigning hardware technology to efficiently support the growing demands on compute infrastructure

The Open Compute Project Foundation (OCP) has announced that Google is now an Executive Member and will hold a seat on its Board of Directors.

The OCP Foundation has welcomed Parthasarathy (Partha) Ranganathan, distinguished engineer at Google, who will serve as the Director.

Prior to Google, Ranganathan was a HP Fellow and Chief Technologist at Hewlett Packard Labs where he led their research on systems and data centres.

Parthasarathy (Partha) Ranganathan

“Google has been very active in the OCP Community in recent years, and we are excited that it is expanding its participation and the potential for great technology collaboration,” said Rocky Bullock, CEO for the Open Compute Project Foundation.

He has worked on several interdisciplinary systems projects with broad impact on both academia and industry, including innovations in energy-aware user interfaces, heterogeneous multi-cores, power-efficient servers, accelerators, and disaggregated and data-centric data centres.

“Google’s new board participation further represents how fundamental open hardware continues to be within the industry, and the only way we’ll continue to drive innovation within the industry is together,” said Mark Roenigk, Chair of the Board of Directors for the Open Compute Project Foundation.

Ranganathan said that open standards for system and hardware design are essential to meet modern compute requirements.


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“We look forward to extending our involvement with the OCP community to help drive greater choice and agility for the industry,” he added.

The OCP Foundation also selected Kushagra Vaid to serve on the Board of Directors representing Microsoft.

Kushagra Vaid

Vaid replaces Mike Neil, who has served over the past year. He has been actively engaged with OCP since 2014 and previously served on the OCP Incubation Committee for several years.

“OCP would like to thank Mike Neil for his service as a member of the Board of Directors as we successfully worked through both key opportunities and key challenges over the past year,” said Bullock. “Mike’s active participation was appreciated by all.”

Vaid is GM and Distinguished Engineer in Microsoft’s Azure Division, and is responsible for the architecture and design for cloud hardware infrastructure hosting Azure’s global scale services.

He is a strategic advisor to the Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA) and also to several infrastructure start-ups.

Prior to joining Microsoft in 2007, Vaid was a Principal Engineer at Intel where his responsibilities included technology strategy, architecture and design for Intel’s Enterprise and Cloud CPU/Platforms.

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