On June 19th, I traveled to Facebook headquarters to compete in the second OpenCompute hardware hackathon. The team was comprised of Steve White, Dave Kaplin and Matt Gambardella of Nebula, as well as myself. Our previous entry won the first hardware hackathon, and involved wireless server debugging (it was called Cheesy Fingers). Since then, Cheesy Fingers has entered production, and we were even able to test it out in a Facebook server!
Our entry this time was a wireless server debugging aggregator – basically, a device that hooks up to our wireless mesh network and sends and receives data to and from the servers in a data center rack. We built the device, codenamed “Big Cheese” on top of the popular Raspberry Pi single-board computer. Continue reading