Facebook open sourcing real-time energy, water efficiency dashboards

Facebook open sourcing real-time energy, water efficiency dashboards

Summary: Facebook already open sourced part of the code powering these utility efficiency dashboards last year. The engineering team explains what is also up for grabs now.


Facebook is all about sharing, and that goes well beyond the incessantly updating News Feed.

The world's largest social network routinely touts itself as a purveyor and leader in the open source community -- not to mention selling itself as environmentally friendly.

Merging both of those attributes together, Facebook announced on Friday that it will be open sourcing the real-time dashboards that visualize real-time energy and water usage rates and efficiency in its Oregon and North Carolina datacenters.

The Menlo Park, Calif.-headquartered company first unveiled these tools last April, at which time the company had already open sourced the front-end code so that any organization interested in sharing similar stats about its own datacenters can do so.

Facebook engineer Lyrica McTiernan explained in a blog post on Friday how this particular release is different:

Since not all operational systems aggregate data in the same way, we’ve separated the code into two pieces: a front-end UI component and a back-end data aggregator that may be helpful for those with systems similar to ours. The two components work together – or they can be used separately.

Facebook has four datacenters worldwide thus far. Following the deployment at the aforementioned locations, Facebook has plans to install these dashboards for its facilities in Iowa and Sweden.

As reported last week, the Luleå, Sweden datacenter is being expanded to incorporate a second building, which will serve as the social media brand's blueprint for its new architecture concept, dubbed as the "rapid deployment data center."

McTiernan added that Rackspace beta tested the code and provided feedback, with the possibility of integrating it into its facilities.

Both the front-end and back-end aggregators are available now via GitHub.

Image via Facebook

Topics: Data Management, Data Centers, Mobility, Open Source, Social Enterprise

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  • Sounds sort of like Green Button

    Yesterday I noticed a "Green Button" icon on my local electric company website, touting the ability to download an xml file with daily usage stats. The related Green Button website revelaed that this was a US government initiative from 2012. Sadly, of the 25 links to apps that I tried, not a single one linked to software that can actually turn the xml file into something useful.