Facebook one-ups Google with open hardware release

Four years after Facebook open sourced its data center hardware with the Open Compute Project, the company has done it again with a server built for deep learning neural networks. Dubbed Big Sur, the reference design uses eight high-performance GPUs of up to 300 watts each to crunch data in an air-cooled rack that fits with existing OCP data center designs. Maintenance is largely toolless, the motherboard can be snapped out in a minute, and a hard drive in seconds, but you’ll still need a screwdriver for the CPU heat sinks. “We want to make it a lot easier for AI researchers to share techniques and technologies. As with all hardware systems that are released into the open, it’s our hope that others will be able to work with us…

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