Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 7th Apr 2011 18:32 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems "Facebook has shared the nitty-gritty details of its server and data center design, taking its commitment to openness to a new level for the industry by sharing its infrastructure secrets much like it has shared its software code. The effort by the social network will bring web scale computing to the masses and is a boon for AMD and Intel and the x86 architecture. Sorry ARM."
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security risk of opening?
by project_2501 on Thu 7th Apr 2011 21:04 UTC
project_2501
Member since:
2006-03-20

Is there a security risk with opening up your designs, be they software or datacentre infrastructure?

Bad people can look at your code/designs and exploit what they find?

Surely they're handing the baddies sweets on a plate?

</deliberately provactive>

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RE: security risk of opening?
by David on Thu 7th Apr 2011 21:09 UTC in reply to "security risk of opening?"
David Member since:
1997-10-01

I would think there's a lot less at risk with hardware, since a lot of Facebook's innovations are around ease of maintenance and energy consumption. What would be of interest to a black hat isn't really interesting in this case because it's vanilla x86.

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RE: security risk of opening?
by fretinator on Thu 7th Apr 2011 21:30 UTC in reply to "security risk of opening?"
fretinator Member since:
2005-07-06

I didn't see anything earth-shattering, mostly just stuff like:

switch (app.name)
{
case "FarmVille":
sendToBigIron(app);
break;
case "Mafia Wars":
sendToUnixServers(app);
break;
default:
sendToCelerons(app);;
}

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RE: security risk of opening?
by Soulbender on Sat 9th Apr 2011 20:30 UTC in reply to "security risk of opening?"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

Is there a security risk with opening up your designs, be they software or datacentre infrastructure?


Only if it's a bad design.

Bad people can look at your code/designs and exploit what they find?


See previous answer.

Surely they're handing the baddies sweets on a plate?


See previous answer.

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what?
by broken_symlink on Thu 7th Apr 2011 22:26 UTC
broken_symlink
Member since:
2005-07-06

Why would anybody expect facebook to powered by arm chips? Are there even any arm servers shipping yet?

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RE: what?
by Lennie on Sat 9th Apr 2011 23:55 UTC in reply to "what?"
Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

I wasn't sure. ARM wants to be in this market that is for sure. So I checked, I did found them:

http://www.linuxfordevices.com/c/a/News/ZT-Systems-R1801e-/

While I was looking I also found this statement by ARM:

"However, that will take time, East said, predicting that ARM won’t start to eat into Intel’s dominant server market share until 2014 or so."

http://www.linuxfordevices.com/c/a/News/ARMs-Warren-East-touts-serv...

Edited 2011-04-09 23:58 UTC

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lol
by Wodenhelm on Fri 8th Apr 2011 03:09 UTC
Wodenhelm
Member since:
2010-07-16

Facebook? Open? Ha.

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shared its software code
by metalf8801 on Fri 8th Apr 2011 03:16 UTC
metalf8801
Member since:
2010-03-22

When did Facebook release source code and what was it for?

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RE: shared its software code
by chekr on Fri 8th Apr 2011 07:17 UTC in reply to "shared its software code"
chekr Member since:
2005-11-05

When did Facebook release source code and what was it for?


Quite a lot actually...see here: http://developers.facebook.com/opensource/

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