Connecting People as Efficiently as Possible

Today, I’m participating in Facebook’s Open Compute Project that showcases Facebook’s latest advancements to drive data center efficiency and make their innovative specifications open to the industry. The announcement is an impressive accomplishment for Facebook, and we’re excited to be part of it.

Our collaboration represents more than 18 months of engineers from both companies working together to optimize performance per watt and develop a highly efficient board design. The results? A 60% reduction in  power consumption per user based on the leading energy-efficient performance of Intel Xeon Processor-based platforms, jointly developed system optimization, and Facebook's aggressive power optimization.


These world class results reflect our shared mission for utilization of industry standards and open infrastructure to advance data center efficiency with a goal of more data centers achieving PUE of 1.2 or lower. While Facebook will benefit directly from the efficiency of their new data center, they aren’t the only winners here. The collaborative effort pushed Intel to deliver technology for greater efficiency, which will ultimately benefit a broad base of data centers across the globe.

Facebook’s decision to openly share their data center design will also provide inspiration for other IT leaders facing similar technical challenges.

In all, it’s a big win for IT innovation.

** Based on a 55% performance increase from Intel™ Xeon™ L5520 processor to the Intel Xeon X5650 processor using Facebook representative model benchmarks.  Combined with Facebook’s overall 38% DC power reduction = 2.5 perf/W improvement = 60% W/perf improvement for a 60% reduction in power consumption per user.   Software and workloads used in performance tests may have been optimized for performance only on Intel microprocessors.  Performance tests, such as SYSmark and MobileMark, are measured using specific computer systems, components, software, operations and functions.  Any change to any of those factors may cause the results to vary.  You should consult other information and performance tests to assist you in fully evaluating your contemplated purchases, including the performance of that product when combined with other products.  Configurations: Intel EPSD Willowbrook: 2 x L5520 2.26 GHz “Nehalem” CPU, 6 x 2 GB DDR3 DIMM 1066 MHz (12 GB), 1 x 7.2k SATA HDD; Intel EPSD Willowbrook: 2 x X5650 2.66 GHz “Westmere” CPU, 6 x 2 GB DDR3 DIMM 1333 MHz (12 GB), 1 x 7.2k SATA HDD.  Test = Facebook “Dyno” Web Tier workload.  Tests completed by Facebook “Labs” team with Intel support.  For more information go to

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Jason Waxman

About Jason Waxman

Jason is corporate vice president of the Data Center Group and general manager of the Data Center Solutions Group at Intel Corporation. He manages Intel’s business, products and technologies for cloud service providers, a rapidly growing data center business segment. Waxman oversees the company’s technology development for cloud computing, including silicon components, optimized system design, data center management, security and facility optimization.