OpenStack’s hardware introspection service 2.0 released

Dmigtry Tantsur of Red Hat announced version 2.0 of OpenStack’s hardware introspection service was released today on the openstack-announce list.

“This is an auxiliary service for discovering hardware properties for a node managed by OpenStack Ironic. Hardware introspection or hardware properties discovery is a process of getting hardware parameters required for scheduling from a bare metal node, given it’s power management credentials (e.g. IPMI address, user name and password). A special ramdisk is required to collect the information on a node. The default one can be built using diskimage-builder and ironic-discoverd-ramdisk element. Highlights of this release:

* Main Python module was renamed to ironic_inspector
* Client library was split away to a separate project
* edeploy plugin was removed in favor of more generic one called ‘extra_hardware’
* Processing hooks interface was changed
* The way we return API errors was changed to better match Ironic one
* Removed deprecated /v1/discover endpoint
* All options (except for ‘database’) were moved to sections instead of  using ‘discoverd’ for everything
* oslo.db configuration should be used instead of ‘discoverd.database’  option
* keystonemiddleware options should be used instead of reusing ‘ironic’  credentials for checking authentication
* Deprecated ‘authenticate’ opt in favor of ‘auth_strategy’
* Explicit green thread pool is used instead of just launching new threads
* NodeInfo class became more helpful for hooks
* Now it’s possible to hook into processing chain when node is not found
* Inspector no longer checks for Ironic presence on start up as it was  causing problems in real life
* SSL/TLS Support”

More Information:

https://github.com/openstack/ironic-inspector
https://pypi.python.org/pypi/ironic-inspector/2.0.0
http://lists.openstack.org/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/openstack-announce

More Info on UEFI 2.5 HTTP Boot Implementations

Earlier, I made this blog post on UEFI 2.5’s new HTTP Boot feature. At that time, I was unaware of some details, like if this feature will be implemented in TianoCore, or only in commercial products. HP gave a talk at the Spring UEFI Forum on UEFI 2.5 HTTP Boot (to replace PXE) and DMTF Redfish (to replace IPMI), so I presume some new HP products will have these new features soon, if not already. On the EFI development list, I asked a question about Tianocore and vendor support of UEFI HTTP boot, as well as DMTF Redfish, and got 2 replies, one from Intel and one from HP.

Ye Ting of Intel replied and said:

“Intel is working on implementation of UEFI 2.5 HTTP boot support.”

Samer El-Haj-Mahmoud of HP also replied, and said:

“Both HTTP Boot and Redfish are very new standards. HTTP Boot got standardized as part of UEFI 2.5 in March. Redfish is still not even 1.0 (last published spec is 0.96.0a, with a target 1.0 spec sometime this month according to DMTF). It is expected that implementation will take some time to catch up to the spec. At the same time, PXE and IPMI have been there for quite some time, are implemented across the board on servers (and many clients), and are already in wide use. I do not expect them to go away anytime soon. But the goal is to switch over to HTTP and Redfish/REST over time, especially as they enable new use cases and capabilities that were not possible (or easy to do) before. The first step though is to get the specs implemented. As Ting explained, Intel is working on UEFI 2.5 HTTP Boot implementation (that I expect will show up in EDK2. I see the header files submitted already). DMTF is also working on a Redfish mockup/simulator that can be used to exercise clients. HP ProLiant Gen9 servers already support proprietary flavors of both HTTP Boot (or “Boot from URL”) and Redfish (or the “HP RESTful API”). I do not know of any other servers that implement such technologies at this time.”

So, it sounds like HP is the only vendor that supports UEFI HTTP Boot at the moment, and Intel is working on an implementation. If Intel’s implementation is part of TianoCore, other vendors may use it.

I’m looking forward to a TianoCore implementation, as well as DMTF’s Redfish simulator.

Thanks to Ye Ting and Samer El-Haj-Mahmoud for the answers!

AMI MegaRAC SP-X for POWER8

AMI (American Megatrends, Inc.), one of the original PC BIOS vendors, just joined the OpenPOWER Foundation. AMI’s “MegaRAC SP-X for POWER8” product was launched in support of TYAN’s first non-IBM branded OpenPOWER commercial server, which they’re demoing at COMPUTEX TAIPEI this week. MegaRAC SP-X for POWER8 includes server firmware technology. Excerpts from their PR:

“AMI joins a growing roster of technology organizations working collaboratively to build advanced server, networking, storage and acceleration technology as well as industry-leading open source software aimed at delivering more choice, control and flexibility to developers of next-generation, hyperscale and cloud data centers. The group makes POWER hardware and software available to open development for the first time, as well as making POWER intellectual property licensable to others, greatly expanding the ecosystem of innovators on the platform. AMI has been working with IBM and other OpenPOWER Foundation members like Tyan to develop enterprise server and networking solutions for next-generation data centers that integrate IBM POWER CPUs and AMI MegaRAC(R) Remote Management Firmware / Software Solutions. “

“MegaRAC(R) SP-X for POWER8 is a powerful development framework for server management solutions composed of firmware and software components, based on industry standards like IPMI 2.0, SMASH, Serial over LAN (SOL) and key serviceability features like remote presence, CIM profiles and advanced automation. MegaRAC SP-X features a high level of modularity, with the ability to easily configure and build the firmware image by selecting features using an intuitive graphical development tool chain. These features are available in independently maintained packages, for superior manageability of the firmware stack.”

More Information:

http://www.openpowerfoundation.org
http://www.ami.com

http://www.ami.com/news/press-releases/?PressReleaseID=314&/American%20Megatrends%20Joins%20OpenPOWER%20Foundation,%20Brings%20Expertise%20on%20Server%20and%20Data%20Center%20Management%20to%20COMPUTEX%20TAIPEI/

Spring Plugfest presentations uploaded

The PDFs of the presentations from last months’ UEFI Forum plugfest have been uploaded to uefi.org.

http://www.uefi.org/learning_center/presentationsandvideos
(scroll about half-way through the page, after the Youtube videos…)

* System Prep Applications – Powerful New Feature in UEFI 2.5 – Kevin Davis (Insyde Software)
* Filling UEFI/FW Gaps in the Cloud – Mallik Bulusu (Microsoft) and Vincent Zimmer (Intel)
* PreBoot Provisioning Solutions with UEFI – Zachary Bobroff (AMI)
* An Overview of ACPICA Userspace Tools – David Box (Intel)
* UEFI Firmware – Securing SMM – Dick Wilkins (Phoenix Technologies)
* Overview of Windows 10 Requirements for TPM, HVCI and SecureBoot – Gabe Stocco, Scott Anderson and Suhas Manangi (Microsoft)
* Porting a PCI Driver to ARM AArch64 Platforms – Olivier Martin (ARM)
* Firmware in the Data Center: Goodbye PXE and IPMI. Welcome HTTP Boot and Redfish! – Samer El-Haj-Mahmoud (Hewlett Packard)
* A Common Platforms Tree – Leif Lindholm (Linaro)

This’ll be a very short blog, as I’m busy reading 9 new PDFs… 🙂 I’ll do blogs on some these specific presentations in the coming days.

 

 

Spring UEFI Forum agenda announced

The UEFI Forum Spring event is happening in Tacoma.WA.US this coming week. They just announced the presentations for the event:

* Zachary Bobroff, AMI – PreBoot Provisioning solution with UEFI
* Kevin Davis, Insyde – System Prep Applications, A Powerful New Feature in UEFI 2.5
* Olivier Martin, ARM – Porting a PCI driver to ARM AArch64 platforms
* Lief Lindholm, ARM – Demonstrating a common EDK2 pltforms & drivers tree
* Dick Wilkins, Phoenix – UEFI FIrmware – Securing SMM
* Gabe Stocco and Scott Anderson, Microsoft – Windows Requirements for TPM, HVCI and Secure Boot
* Jeremiah Cox
* Vincent Zimmer, Intel – Filling UEFI/FW Gaps in the Cloud
* David Box, Intel – An overview of ACPICA userspace tools
* Samer El-Haj-Mahmoud, HP – Firmware in the Datacenter: Goodbye PXE and IPMI. Welcome Http

Typically, the UEFI Forum makes slides for these presentations available on their web site a few weeks later…

More information:
http://www.uefi.org/node/887