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Open Compute Project Foundation (OCP) Welcomes Google and Microsoft to Its Board of Directors

The Open Compute Project Foundation (OCP) welcomes two new board members to its Board of Directors, including Dr. Parthasarathy (Partha) Ranganathan, a Distinguished Engineer at Google and Kushagra Vaid, a GM and Distinguished Engineer at Microsoft’s Azure Division. 

OCP also announces that Google is now an Executive Member of the organization, with Ranganathan now serving as the Director of the OCP Board.

This news comes during the 2020 OCP Virtual Summit taking place May 12-15 as an interactive virtual experience for collaboration focusing on solutions for the growing demands of compute infrastructure.

Dr. Partha Ranganathan designs Google’s next-generation systems and has worked on several interdisciplinary systems projects with a broad impact on both academia and industry. Previously, he worked at Hewlett Packard Labs where he was Chief Technologist. He has also published extensively and is a co-inventor on over 100 patents.

“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,” states Rocky Bullock, CEO for the Open Compute Project Foundation.

“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,” comments Mark Roenigk, Chair of the Board of Directors for the Open Compute Project Foundation.

“Open standards for system and hardware design are essential to meet modern compute requirements,” adds Partha Ranganathan, Distinguished Engineer at Google. “We look forward to extending our involvement with the OCP Community to help drive greater choice and agility for the industry.”

Vaid now represents Microsoft on the OCP Board of Directors Currently, he is responsible for the architecture and design for cloud hardware infrastructure hosting Azure’s global scale services. Previously, he was a Principal Engineer at Intel. Vaid is a recognized industry leader on infrastructure innovation and Open Source Hardware with more than 25 research papers and over 30 patents in computer architecture and systems design. 

The 2020 OCP Virtual Summit is taking place May 12-15 as an interactive online event. The 4-day event includes, keynote sessions, executive tracks, a Virtual Expo Hall with Expo Hall talks, Engineering Workshops and the OCP Experience Center. Click here to register. Registration is free for all attendees and the full schedule can be found here

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