OpenBMC Upstream Reference System(s)

Andrew Geissler geissonator at
Tue Dec 11 06:05:22 AEDT 2018


One thing that has come up a few times, and was touched on in last weeks
Infrastructure workgroup (and todays community meeting), was what is our
community reference system(s)? i.e. What do we as a community test against
and guarantee works when we do a tag or release?

If you look at something like you
will see a variety of systems. Romulus is put through QEMU CI and another,
Witherspoon, is put through HW CI currently. This list has been mostly created
by IBM, and so it brings up the question of what's our future plan here.

First, what's the criteria for adding a system to officially being supported by
the upstream community?
- Covers as much OpenBMC function as possible?
- Is on hardware that anyone can easily (and cheaply) get their hands on?
- Has consistent upstream support and a person or company to support HW CI?

The witherspoon and romulus systems definitely are well supported by IBM in
the upstream community but they are not all that cheap. There was a rasberry
pi port out there that would be cheap and easy to get access to but not cover
as much OpenBMC function. There's something like which is a bit more
accessible but I don't believe the code has been upstreamed.

One point made in last weeks Infrastructure workgroup is we should shoot
for a minimum amount of hardware that covers as much function as possible.
So a matrix of some sort that covers our major functional areas. In general,
having a system on the upstream support list is like getting your code
once in, you have a guarantee that all future code will support it, so maybe
this is more of a community reward to get your system on the list?

Just throwing ideas out there, input and ideas appreciated.



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