Hardware Management/SpecsAndDesigns

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Specs and Designs

This page contains links to the Specs ad Designs for the OCP Hardware Management Project

OCP Redfish Profile

Baseline and Server profile

Specs under review (announced at OCP Summit 2018)

Specs under review
Specification Version Date Description License
Comments 20180417.pdf v2 - Comments received during review period; specifically HW Management meeting April 17, 2018 -
Baseline Profile - (JSON) Spec:v1.0, JSON:v1.0 April 18, 2018 OCP Redfish Profile - Baseline Hardware Management specification, and JSON schema OWFa 1.0
Usage Guide draft 0.9 June 18, 2021 Usage Guide for the Baseline Hardware Management Profile v1.0.0 CC
Server Profile - (JSON) Spec:v0.2.1, JSON:v0.2.3 April 18, 2018 OCP Redfish Profile - Server Hardware Management extensions, and JSON schema OWFa 1.0
Related documents
Specification Version Date Description License
DMTF WIP and DMTF Redfish - - Collection of DMTF work in progress, and the official DMTF Redfish Forum repository -
Redfish OCP Profile (XLS) v0.5 June 1, 2016 Mapping Redfish properties to OCP requirements (initial worksheet) -
Redfish OCP Profile (PDF Presentation) v1 Feb 21, 2017 Presentation to the HW Management group meeting -
Redfish Conformance Test Suite - 2021 The Redfish Forum's Guidance for a Conformance Test Suite -
OpenBMC (PDF Presentation) - Nov 17, 2016 Presentation to the HW Management group meeting -

DRAFT Requirements for Firmware Update

The draft specification identifies the firmware update requirements that all OCP compliant platforms and devices must adhere to. The Firmware Update solution is for the application the user interfaces and the capabilities of the embedded firmware on the servers, switches and storage devices. The requirements are broken into four sections:

  1. General: general firmware update requirements
  2. Security: requirements related to the integrity and authenticity of the image
  3. Control: requirements related to how firmware updates are controlled
  4. Status: requirements related to how/what status is available

Firmware Update Requirements version 0.2b PDF

Cloud Server Multi Node System Specification

A description and requirements of a Cloud Server which is either a server, enclosure or rack that contains other uniquely addressable and managable devices. The document's purpose is to have a single Ethernet connection to the Cloud Server and document the possible bus architectures, managment protocols and minimum expected functionality of the Nodes contained in the Cloud Server.

The Clould Server's BMC with a Ethernet connection to the outside world is the called the Spine BMC and IPMI RMCP or RESTfull protocols are allowed. Internally the Spine BMC communicates to the Node using SMBus and GPIO which determines Node presence, Node power control and ALERT signaling.

The Node requirements include a subset of the IPMI 2.0 commands. The Spine BMC may have a Serial Console session to each Node.

Cloud Server Multi Node System Specification version V0.7.5, Date August 19,2015 PDF


Links to Open Source Projects

DRAFT Hardware Management Specifications for IPMI (Legacy)

Proposed specifications for the IPMI implementation on any device using IPMI. This includes PDUs, Servers, Switches and Storage devices. The specifications allow a Data Center System Manager uniform remote access to the hardware in the rack. All the specifications have questions in red.

OCP Specifications for IPMI
Specification Version Date Description License
OCP ID 0.04 June 9, 2014 Identify all OCP specifications implemented by a single IPM Controller OWFa 1.0
ICAP Base 0.02 June 9, 2014 The basic functions of an OCP IPM Controller that a Data Center System Manager depends on OWFa 1.0
ICAP OPTI 0.02 June 9, 2014 The identification of XFSP+/QSFP bays and protocol independent monitoring of optical links for XSFP+/QSFP modules OWFa 1.0
ICAP DRAM 0.03 June 9, 2014 The identification and temperature monitoring of DDR3/DDR4 modules OWFa 1.0

As Data Centers raise room temperatures, potentially on a daily basis, the ICAP OPTI and ICAP DRAM provide feedback on how close the hardware is to the manufacturer define thermal limits.