Ubuntu on IBM Power S822LC (8335-GTA Non-Virtualized)

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The IBM Power S822LC (8335-GTA Non-Virtualized) server with the components described below has been awarded the status of certified for Ubuntu.

Ubuntu 16.04.1 LTS ppc64el

Available from ubuntu.com

Testing details

This system was tested with 16.04 LTS, running the 4.4.0-57-generic kernel.

Certification notes

Firmware Update May Be Needed

There is an issue with Petitboot and MAAS in older versions of the firmware for this system which requires the user to manually select the correct boot option from the Petitboot menu during deployment. In order to use this system in a MAAS environment without manual intervention, you should update to at least firmware version OP820.10 from IBM Fix Central.

https://www-945.ibm.com/support/fixcentral/swg/selectFixes?parent=Scale-out%20LC&product=ibm/power/8335GTA&release=All&platform=All&function=all

Ubuntu 14.04.2 LTS ppc64el

Available from ubuntu.com

Testing details

This system was tested with 14.04 LTS, running the 3.16.0-53-generic kernel.

Certification notes

KVM requires latest qemu-system-ppc

In order to use Ubuntu KVM on the S822L in PowerNV mode, you will need to be sure you're running QEMU version 1:2.2+dfsg-5expubuntu9.3~cloud0 or later. This version can be found in the Ubuntu Cloud Archive for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. To use this version of QEMU, use the following commands on your S822L system

$ sudo add-apt-repository cloud-archive:kilo
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install qemu-system-ppc

MAAS updates needed

MAAS upates needed

In order to utilize this hardware with MAAS you will need to ensure your MAAS server is updated to at least Version 1.8.4.

To install this version, add the MAAS team stable PPA and update your maas server with apt-get.

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:maas/stable
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

MAAS 1.8.4 is also being SRU'd into Trusty and should be available from the Trusty repos at some point in the near future.

In the meantime, you will need to manually enlist this hardware in a MAAS environment prior to commissioning and deploying workloads.

HWE Kernel Required

In order to successfully enlist and commission this hardware in a MAAS environment, you will need to set the default enlistment and commissioning kernel to at least HWE-V for 14.04 in the MAAS web UI.

Firmware Update May Be Needed

There is an issue with Petitboot and MAAS in older versions of the firmware for this system which requires the user to manually select the correct boot option from the Petitboot menu during deployment. In order to use this system in a MAAS environment without manual intervention, you should update to at least firmware version OP820.10 from IBM Fix Central.

https://www-945.ibm.com/support/fixcentral/swg/selectFixes?parent=Scale-out%20LC&product=ibm/power/8335GTA&release=All&platform=All&function=all

Hardware summary

This system was tested with these key components:

Processor

PowerNV POWER8 (raw), altivec supported

Video

ASPEED Technology, Inc. ASPEED Graphics Family

Ethernet

Broadcom Corporation NetXtreme BCM5719 Gigabit Ethernet PCIe

Hardware details

Disk

Aquantia Corp. ST1000NX0313 tbd tbd IBM

Mouse

American Megatrends Inc. Virtual Keyboard and Mouse

Network

Broadcom Corporation NetXtreme BCM5719 Gigabit Ethernet PCIe

Processor

PowerNV POWER8 (raw), altivec supported

Usb

Texas Instruments TUSB73x0 SuperSpeed USB 3.0 xHCI Host Controller

American Megatrends Inc. Unknown

A-DATA Technology Co., Ltd. Superior S102 Pro

Video

ASPEED Technology, Inc. ASPEED Graphics Family

Other

IBM Unknown

ASPEED Technology, Inc. AST1150 PCI-to-PCI Bridge

Marvell Technology Group Ltd. 88SE9235 PCIe 2.0 x2 4-port SATA 6 Gb/s Controller

American Megatrends Inc. Unknown

Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub

Linux Foundation 3.0 root hub