Incubation Committee Representative Ron Minnich
Open system firmware is an open development project, the goal of which
is to allow OCP owners to "own their firmware" -- to move the point of
control of firmware to the system owner. Owners must be able to change
firmware and share it -- including any binary components -- with other
owners. Starting in March, 2021, OCP badging for servers will require
that systems support OSF.
OSF is open source. However, OSF does not require vendors to deliver
firmware in open source form. OSF open source components are designed
to be easily integrated into a non-open-source firmware image. For
example, such integration has been occurring since 2017 on the
LinuxBoot project, where we integrate Linux into UEFI images as a UEFI
There are several ways for vendors to deliver OSF compliant systems.
The most convenient, as in IBM's Power 9 systems, is to deliver
firmware in open source form, buildable by the owner, and installable
by the owner. Another is to deliver firmware in a binary, but
componentized, form, which allows us to build and install open source
components in the firmware image. An example of componentized firmware
is UEFI, which allows us to modify, remove, and replace components in
the image. Although a binary firmware image is far less desirable than
full open source, the OSF specification allows it.
Two examples of OSF can be seen today, in the LinuxBoot
(linuxboot.org) and OpenEDK2 projects.
For examples of compliant open source systems, see IBM's OPAL; for
examples of compliant binary images, see UEFI.
- Supports all processor architectures found in the web-scale data center.
- Support for cloud operating systems
- Support for compute (GP & AI/ML/FPGA), storage, & network devices.
- Development and deployment tools
- Security feature
Regular Project Calls
This project meets every other week on Thursday from 10-11 AM Pacific