OpenBMC

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OpenBMC
OpenBMC logo.png
Developer(s)OpenBMC community
Initial release3 November 2015; 4 years ago (2015-11-03)
Stable release
2.7.0 / 9 August 2019; 5 months ago (2019-08-09)
Repositorygithub.com/openbmc/openbmc
Written inC++, Python
Available inEnglish
LicenseApache License 2.0
Websitewww.openbmc.org

The OpenBMC project is a Linux Foundation collaborative open-source project whose goal is to produce an open source implementation of the Baseboard Management Controllers (BMC) Firmware Stack.[1][2][3] OpenBMC is a Linux distribution for BMCs meant to work across heterogeneous systems that include enterprise, high-performance computing (HPC), telecommunications, and cloud-scale data centers.[3][4]

History[edit]

In 2014, four Facebook programmers at a Facebook hackathon event created a prototype open-source BMC firmware stack named OpenBMC.[5] In 2015, IBM collaborated with Rackspace on an open-source BMC firmware stack also named OpenBMC. These projects were similar in name and concept only.[6] In March 2018, OpenBMC became a Linux Foundation project and converged on the IBM stack. Founding organizations of the OpenBMC project are Microsoft, Intel, IBM, Google, and Facebook.[7][3] A technical steering committee was formed to guide the project with representation from the five founding companies. Brad Bishop from IBM was elected chair of the technical steering committee.[8] In April 2019, Arm Holdings joined as the 6th member of the OpenBMC technical steering committee.[9]

Features[edit]

OpenBMC uses the Yocto Project as the underlying building and distribution generation framework.[10] OpenBMC uses D-Bus as an inter-process communication (IPC).[11][12] OpenBMC includes a web application for interacting with the firmware stack.[13] OpenBMC added Redfish support for hardware management.[14]

Systems[edit]

Google/Rackspace partnership
Barreleye G2 / Zaius—two-socket server platform using POWER9 processors.[15][16]
IBM
Power Systems AC922 also "Witherspoon" or "Newell"—two-socket, 2U Accelerated Computing (AC) node using POWER9 processors with up to 6 Nvidia Volta GPUs.[17][18] AC922 was used in the U.S. Department of Energy's Sierra and Summit supercomputers.[19][20]
Raptor Computing Systems / Raptor Engineering
Talos II—two-socket workstation and development platform; available as 4U server, tower, or EATX mainboard.[21][22]
Talos II Lite – single-socket version of the Talos II mainboard, made using the same PCB.[23] Blackbird – single-socket microATX platform using SMT4 Sforza POWER9 processors, 4–8 cores, 2 RAM slots (supporting up to 256GiB total)[24]

u-bmc[edit]

u-bmc is a project which is developed parallel to OpenBMC but uses gRPC instead of IPMI.[25]

References[edit]

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  4. ^ "The Firmware Stack Opens Up". EnterpriseTech. 2018-03-20. Retrieved 2018-03-21.
  5. ^ "Introducing "OpenBMC": an open software framework for next-generation system management". Facebook Code. Retrieved 2018-01-05.
  6. ^ "Differences between facebook/openbmc and openbmc/openbmc · Issue #589 · openbmc/openbmc". GitHub. Retrieved 2019-03-28.
  7. ^ "Home - OpenBMC". OpenBMC. Retrieved 2018-03-19.
  8. ^ "README: add Technical Steering Committee members · openbmc/docs@e28e782". GitHub. Retrieved 2019-08-31.
  9. ^ "Docs: Add Arm representative to the list of TSC members · openbmc/docs@560b4ca". GitHub. Retrieved 2019-08-22.
  10. ^ Wang, Xo (2017-05-22). "Developing on OpenBMC Under the hood with BitBake" (PDF). openpowerfoundation.org. Retrieved 2018-01-09.
  11. ^ "OpenBMC, A Reference Firmware Stack - OpenPOWER". OpenPOWER. 2016-02-02. Retrieved 2018-01-09.
  12. ^ Open Compute Project (2017-03-14), The OpenBMC Project, retrieved 2018-01-09
  13. ^ GitHub - openbmc/phosphor-webui: Reference WebUI for managing OpenBMC systems., openbmc, 2019-02-19, retrieved 2019-02-21
  14. ^ A do everything Redfish, KVM, GUI, and DBus webserver for OpenBMC: openbmc/bmcweb, openbmc, 2019-08-29, retrieved 2019-08-29
  15. ^ "Introducing Zaius, Google and Rackspace's open server running IBM POWER9". Google Cloud Platform Blog. Retrieved 2018-01-05.
  16. ^ PyCon Australia (2016-08-15), OpenBMC: Boot your server with Python, retrieved 2018-01-09
  17. ^ "IBM Power System AC922 - Details - United States". www.ibm.com. 2018-01-05. Retrieved 2018-01-05.
  18. ^ Bader, David (2017-11-15). "The @IBM Power9 "Newell" compute node is the world's most accelerated node with next-gen NVLink to @NVIDIA #GPUs". @Prof_DavidBader. Retrieved 2018-01-05.
  19. ^ "Details Emerge On "Summit" Power Tesla AI Supercomputer". The Next Platform. 2016-11-20. Retrieved 2018-03-27.
  20. ^ "The Roadmap Ahead For Exascale HPC In The US". The Next Platform. 2018-03-06. Retrieved 2018-03-27.
  21. ^ GmbH, finanzen.net. "A High Performance, Open, and Secure Alternative to X86 Computing". markets.businessinsider.com. Retrieved 2018-01-05.
  22. ^ 2018, (c) Raptor Engineering, LLC 2009 -. "Raptor Computing Systems::TL2WK2 Intro". www.raptorcs.com. Retrieved 2018-01-05.
  23. ^ "Raptor Computing Systems::TL1MB1 Intro". www.raptorcs.com. Retrieved 2019-08-22.
  24. ^ "Raptor Computing Systems::BK1MB1 Intro". raptorcs.com. Retrieved 2019-08-22.
  25. ^ "u-bmc". GitHub.com.