Fujitsu to use ARM for next supercomputer

[…] “The latest milestone in our HPC journey came this week at the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC) in Frankfurt. Fujitsu, a global leader in HPC, announced Japan’s next-generation flagship supercomputer at the RIKEN Advanced Institute for Computational Science, will be powered by SoCs based on the ARMv8-A architecture. The “Post-K” supercomputer is the successor to the “K-supercomputer” which is currently ranked No. 5 in the Top 500 supercomputing rankings. Today, the K-computer today is used to solve critical compute problems in fields ranging from earthquake/tsunami research to drug discovery. The K-computer has taken complex problems like a human heart simulation that previously took 2 years and delivered results in 1 day. The Post-K computer is being developed to address similar challenges.” […]

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DMTF Redfish 1.0 released

Redfish, an IPMI replacement, has shipped the first release of their spec. Quoting the press release:

DMTF Helps Enable Multi-Vendor Data Center Management with New Redfish 1.0 Standard

DMTF has announced the release of  Redfish 1.0, a standard for data center and systems management that delivers improved performance, functionality, scalability and security. Designed to meet the expectations of end users for simple and interoperable management of modern scalable platform hardware, Redfish takes advantage of widely-used technologies to speed implementation and help system administrators be more effective. Redfish is developed by the DMTF’s Scalable Platforms Management Forum (SPMF), which is led by Broadcom, Dell, Emerson, HP, Intel, Lenovo, Microsoft, Supermicro and VMware with additional support from AMI, Oracle, Fujitsu, Huawei, Mellanox and Seagate. The release of the Redfish 1.0 standard by the DMTF demonstrates the broad industry support of the full organization.

Don’t forget to grab the Redfish “Mockup” as well as the specs and schema.

UEFI 2.5 has a JSON API to enable accessing Redfish. HP was first vendor with systems that supported UEFI 2.5’s new HTTP Boot, a PXE replacement.  Intel checked in HTTP Boot support into TianoCore, so it’s just a matter of time until other vendors have similar products. JSON-based Redfish and HTTP-based booting makes UEFI much more of a “web app”, w/r/t security research, and the need for system administrators to more closely examine how firmware is updated on their systems, to best protect them.