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2023 OCP DENT Mini Summit Part 1: Opening (Welcome and Vision of NOS)

By March 19, 2024Blog, Community News

The Open Compute Project (OCP) Foundation is a growing, global community whose mission is to design, use, and enable mainstream delivery of the most efficient designs for scalable computing. OCP is rooted in the belief that openly sharing ideas, specifications, and other intellectual property is the key to maximizing innovation and reducing complexity in tech components. 

At the 2023 OCP Global Summit held in San Jose, CA between October 17-19, 2023, industry leaders, researchers, and pioneers from the open community engaged in dialogues, workshops, and interactive sessions aimed to increase understanding of project progress and foreseeable challenges. The Global Summit is the largest of two OCP Summits held each year. 

The DENT community hosted a Mini Summit during the OCP Global Summit to gather industry leaders, engineers, developers, and stakeholders interested in DENT within the framework of the OCP. The summit provided a platform for sharing insights, advancements, and best practices related to DENT and its integration within OCP’s ecosystem. It focused on discussing DENT’s architecture, deployment strategies, use cases, and community engagement.

The first presenter was the Linux Foundation’s Arpit Joshipura, GM and SVP of Networking and Edge IoT and Domain AI. Joshipura began DENT’s Mini Summit by providing key insights into the evolving landscape of Network Operating Systems (NOS) through the lens of DENT. Joshipura highlighted opportunities for deployment across various projects, extending beyond retail into diverse verticals. 

Addressing the historical fragmentation of NOS, Joshipura underscored recent harmonization efforts, notably with projects like DENT and Sonic aligning with industry specs. The goal remains clear: to foster interoperability and prevent hardware respinning.

Joshipura outlined significant progress in DENT’s architecture and deployment, particularly in retail and e-commerce sectors. Notably, community contributions have shown steady growth, with commits and contributors up by 15-25% in the past year. With commitments and contributions on the rise, the future of NOS is promising, driven by collaboration and innovation.

Concluding with an invitation to the 2024 ONE Summit taking place in San Jose, CA from April 29–May 1, Joshipura urged participation from networking professionals. ONE Summit promises to remain a pivotal platform for industry dialogue and collaboration.

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