Calxeda Adds Frank Frankovsky, Chairman of the Open Compute Foundation, to its Board of Directors
Open Hardware Visionary a Valuable Addition to the Board of the Low Power Server Leader
Austin, TX, October 17, 2013 – Calxeda, the company bringing efficient ARM-based SOCs into the datacenter, is proud to announce today that Frank Frankovsky, chairman and president of the Open Compute Foundation, has joined its board of directors. Calxeda has worked closely with the Open Compute Project, joining as an official member in January 2013 with support for the OCP “Group Hug” common slot specification. Frankovsky had previously served as an informal advisor to Calxeda executives.
“The Calxeda team has a terrific vision for the role of ARM in the datacenter, and they have the talent, the technology, and the commitment to openness required to execute on that vision,” Frankovsky said. “I’m thrilled to have an opportunity to collaborate with their executive team and the rest of the board more deeply as they work toward 64-bit fabric and beyond.”
“We have built Calxeda with a commitment to open standards, and therefore became involved with the Open Compute Project very early on,” said Barry Evans, CEO, Calxeda. “We are proud to be active members of the project, and through that have gotten to know Frank, whose vision maps to ours. He will bring so much to our board, and we are honored he will give us some of his time.”
In addition to his role with the Open Compute Project, Frankovsky is a vice president of infrastructure at Facebook, where he joined in 2009 after previously working at Dell and Compaq. He is a hardware and open standards visionary, leading teams in the design and delivery of highly efficient and scalable technologies for Facebook datacenters.
This work led Frankovsky and other Facebook engineers to create the Open Compute Project, which seeks to drive more innovation and a greater focus on scale and efficiency by openly sharing designs of datacenter technologies. Under Frankovsky’s leadership, the Open Compute Project has grown to more than 60 official members and thousands of participants in just two years.
Calxeda formally joined the Open Compute Project (OCP) in January 2013 and announced its support of the OCP “Group Hug” common slot architecture specification. At that same time, Calxeda first demonstrated its Project Knockout, an ARM server motherboard design contribution to OCP’s Open Vault storage solution.
Frankovsky demonstrated Knockout at the Open Compute Summit (OCS), recognizing Calxeda’s innovative solution for putting more compute in the storage tier, which in turn enables more efficient processing close to the data. Frankovsky has been working with Calxeda since and his addition to its board is a natural progression of this collaborative relationship.
Founded in January 2008, Calxeda brings new performance density to the datacenter with revolutionary server-on-a-chip technology. Calxeda currently employs 100 professionals in Austin Texas and the Silicon Valley area. Calxeda is funded by a unique syndicate comprising industry leading venture capital firms and semiconductor innovators, including ARM Holdings,Advanced Technology Investment Company, Austin Ventures, Battery Ventures, Flybridge Capital Partners, Highland Capital Partners, and Vulcan Capital. See www.calxeda.com for more information.