[Skiboot] [PATCH] doc: Add initial BMC interactions document
joel at jms.id.au
Thu Jun 2 03:13:23 AEST 2016
On Wed, Jun 1, 2016 at 4:14 AM, Jeremy Kerr <jk at ozlabs.org> wrote:
> This change adds a minimal document to describe some of the OPAL <-->
> BMC interactions supported by skiboot.
Looks good. Thanks for writing this.
> Signed-off-by: Jeremy Kerr <jk at ozlabs.org>
Reviewed-by: Joel Stanley <joel at jms.id.au>
> doc/bmc.txt | 57 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
> 1 file changed, 57 insertions(+)
> create mode 100644 doc/bmc.txt
> diff --git a/doc/bmc.txt b/doc/bmc.txt
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> +OPAL <--> BMC interactions
> +This document provides information about some of the user-visible interactions
> +that skiboot performs with the BMC.
> +IPMI sensors
> +OPAL will interact with a few IPMI sensors during the boot process. These
> + * Boot Count [type 0xc3: OEM reserved]
> + * FW Boot progress [type 0x0f: System Firmware Progress]
> +Boot Count: assertion type. When OPAL reaches a late stage of boot, it sets the
> +boot count sensor to 0x02. This is intended to allow the BMC detect a failed
> +or aborted boot, for switching to a known-good firmware image.
> +FW Boot Progress: assertion type. During boot, skiboot will update this sensor
> +to one of the IPMI-defined progress codes. The codes use by skiboot are:
> + * PCI Resource configuration (0x01)
> + - asserted as the PCI devices have been probed and resources allocated
> + * Motherboard init (0x14)
> + - asserted as the platform-specific components have been initialised
> + * OS boot (0x13)
> + - asserted after skiboot has loaded the PAYLOAD image, and is about to
> + boot it.
> +Chassis control messages
> +OPAL uses chassis control messages to instruct the BMC to remove power from
> +the host. These messages are sent during graceful reboot and shutdown processes
> +initiated by the host.
> +For a BMC-initiated graceful power-down (or reboot), the BMC is expected to send
> +an OEM-defined SEL message, using a SMS_ATN to trigger a BMC-to-host
> +notification. This SEL has a type of 0xc0, and command of 0x04. The data0 field
> +of the SEL indicates shutdown (0x0) or reboot (0x1).
> +Watchdog support
> +OPAL supports a BMC watchdog during the boot process. This will be disabled
> +before entering the OS.
> +Real-time clock
> +On platforms where a real-time-clock is not available, skiboot may use the
> +IPMI SEL Time as a real-time-clock device.
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