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Microsoft Ziplines Into Open Source Storage, Facebook Launches AI Hardware

March 14, 2019 / SDxCentral

Facebook announced new hardware for artificial intelligence (AI) and Microsoft open sourced Project Zipline for cloud-scale data storage and management today during the opening keynotes of the Open Compute Project (OCP) Global Summit. OCP also announced four other new projects today: Inspur-led OpenRMC (stands for “rack management module”), Netronome-led Open Domain-Specific Accelerators, Facebook-led OCP Accelerator Module, and Nokia-led Open Edge. Project Zipline is essentially a more efficient way to manage and store data at scale. It’s a new compression standard for legacy data sets, like application and system logs, as well as more modern data sets such as IoT, telemetry, and sensor data. The standard also takes into account the software and hardware being used, and it enables a higher compression ratio versus the commonly used model without losing high throughput and low latency, according to Microsoft.