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Thursday, March 10 • 11:00am - 11:30am
Soft-Hardware: The Foundation of Cloud 2.0

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Live Stream - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bT0tJG0COTo

This presentation will be a continuation the journey / story outlined in Rackspace's presentation from the OCP 2015 Summit in San Jose.

"...software is eating the world." Many people have heard this phrase, first coined by Marc Andreesen, in 2011. It is now a well-understood phenomenon. Less well understood, is why this phenomenon is facing headwinds, brought about by the decline of Moore's Law.

We all want ever-smarter, more-pervasive, and lower cost computing. We want a world with self-driving cars and five-dollar genome sequences, with instant answers to our most complex questions about the health of our bodies and businesses. These things may be born-in or powered-by a cloud, but not one that exists, today. For many scientists, researchers, engineers, analysts, and other creative minds working on these new horizons, today's clouds are not enough... they are not powerful enough, are too costly, and lack critical functions and tools.

This is a big problem with big opportunities. Addressing it will require a significant shift in how systems are designed, affecting hardware, firmware, and operating systems. Solutions of the future will be powered by new processing, memory, and storage elements, with new software interfaces. And these solutions must operate flexibly with the existing operating systems, software, and tools already in use on today's cloud.

Put together, we call these solutions "Soft-Hardware" – powered by Open Source Hardware & Software movements. The intent of this session is to share Rackspace and its partners are doing to bring this technology to the cloud and to developers and end-users, new and old.

This session will talk about progress, problems, opportunities, and insights that Rackspace has gained on this journey (including updates on the Barreleye server announced during Summit 2015, and what's next). By the end, the audience will have a clearer understanding of how Soft-Hardware will come to life on clouds, how Open Compute and other open source community members can participate in the journey, and ways to profit in the process.


Thursday March 10, 2016 11:00am - 11:30am PST
Lower Level: LL21D