Ubuntu on IBM Power S812LC (8348-21C PowerKVM)

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The IBM Power S812LC (8348-21C PowerKVM) server with the components described below has been awarded the status of certified for Ubuntu.

Ubuntu 14.04.3 LTS ppc64el

Available from ubuntu.com

Testing details

This system was tested with 14.04 LTS, running the 3.19.0-39-generic kernel.

Certification notes

Nested KVM requires latest qemu-system-ppc on the Ubuntu Guest

In order to use KVM on the Ubuntu Guest (nested hypervisor), 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 Ubuntu Guest VM

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

MAAS updates 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.

Hardware summary

This system was tested with these key components:

Processor

pSeries POWER8 (raw), altivec supported

Ethernet

Red Hat, Inc. Virtio network device

Hardware details

Disk

QEMU QEMU HARDDISK

Network

Red Hat, Inc. Virtio network device

Processor

pSeries POWER8 (raw), altivec supported

Usb

Apple KeyLargo/Intrepid USB QEMU Virtual Machine

Other

Red Hat, Inc. Virtio memory balloon

Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub