By: Brent Baude. Fedora has made their alpha release for Fedora 17 on ppc64 available. The release notes are publicly available and describe where to get the content (.iso). If you are familiar with the Fedora, please make sure you read the release notes because the initial loading of the installation image is significantly different than past releases and impacts things like network-based install. Fedora 17 is the second release for the ppc64 architecture and is proving to be quite stable. Feel free to grab a copy and give it a try. ... [More]
By: Rafael Folco
OpenStack uses virtio driver as default model for both networking and disk devices. Virtio takes advantage of paravirtualization and enables guests to get high performance network and disk operations. However, OpenStack also supports some alternate options to enable custom models for KVM/Qemu hypervisor.
In order to use custom models, KVM users can change the image_meta properties and select the desired driver.
IBM PowerKVM provides support to ibmveth and ibmvscsi drivers as an alternative to the default... [More]
By: Jeff Scheel. My customer presentation last week in Livermore, CA allowed me to take PowerLinux to "new depths" by presenting in a wine cellar! Check out the photo of the cellar entrance I posted out in Google+. While you're out there, feel free to follow
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Besides the unique location, this event really forced me to consolidate my thoughts into a concise message on PowerLinux. Here were the 3 main points (all good things come in three's...it's the "magic number"): PowerLinux... [More]
Many technical advances continue in the realm of classic compiler choices for Linux and for POWER systems.
In the open-source community, the gcc.gnu.org community continues to drive technology improvements into the gcc, g++, and gfortran compilers. GCC 4.8 has recently been announced and is available for use across many industry platforms.
With IBM's assistance on POWER systems, the latest GCC compilers can provide outstanding performance on the latest POWER systems, including POWER7, POWER7+, and... [More]
By: Jeff Scheel. On a regular basis, I get questions like "Is <insert favorite application> supported on PowerLinux?" The simple answer is that it's almost impossible for me to answer that question off the top of my head. However, tools exist to help us answer that question. Which tool you use, depends on who provides the application in question. For Third Party applications, use the Partner World Global Solution Directory . For IBM applications, use the IBM software product reports . Specific directions have been... [More]
By: Tulio Magno Quites Machado Filho.
The IBM Advance Toolchain for PowerLinux is a set of open source development tools and runtime libraries that allow users to take leading edge advantage of IBM's latest POWER hardware features on Linux.
A new update release for the 7.0 series is now available, and it includes the following:
OpenSSL 1.0.1g, which isn't affected by the heartbleed bug .
Binutils fixes references to __ehdr_start.
GCC changes for the following:
Fix support... [More]
By: Steve Champagne. Interested in service and productivity (aka RAS) tools for your PowerLinux server? See Managing your server with service and productivity tools . Topics include: Installing service and productivity tools Displaying package man pages Middleware and infrastructure Service and productivity tools Hardware inventory Inventory scout Platform diagnostics (ppc64-diag) servicelog Service aids IBM Electronic Service Agent Collecting support data
This has been a great week for Power Systems, especially if you’re fan of the 1-2 socket (scale-out) side of the portfolio and innovative technology that leverages Linux.
I just returned from our annual Enterprise conference, an event we do every fall to bring together clients and partners with our SMEs to explore the latest developments in infrastructure. Major announcements were made by System z, Storage, and Power Systems. I also had a couple of sessions at the conference, and was excited to talk about some of these... [More]
By: Brent Baude. Fedora 16 has now been officially released! The release notes can be found at: https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Fedora_16_PPC_release_notes Most of the imperfections mentioned in the release notes are around graphics/video cards. This is something that will be looked at closer in upcoming Fedora releases. Most significantly, this marks the first official Fedora release for ppc64 since the Fedora 12 time frame. Our preliminary feedback on Fedora for ppc64 has been positive. There a number of instances where it is being... [More]
Lazy Linux: 10 essential tricks for admins How to be a more productive Linux systems administrator ( See More HERE ) By: Robert MacFarlan. Summary: Learn these 10 tricks and you'll be the most powerful Linux® systems administrator in the universe...well, maybe not the universe, but you will need these tips to play in the big leagues. Learn about SSH tunnels, VNC, password recovery, console spying, and more. Examples accompany each trick, so you can duplicate them on your own systems. Vallard Benincosa , Certified Technical Sales... [More]
Over on IBM's DeveloperWorks Linux Zone , there's a new offering from SiteOx.com which allows anyone to easily get access to a deployed Ubuntu image running on IBM's Power systems.
This offering is being offered as an easy way for all developers to get access to Ubuntu and Power. There's even a free two-week trial period. Costs on a per day basis start at $3 day.
(Update: See Day Two experiences in the next article )
Interesting.. I wonder how easy this... [More]
Debian is one of my favorite distributions with its fast installation and light-weight deployment.
Actually, it is not officially supported on PowerLinux machines. But I knew that a ppc version exists, and I wanted to see one on action.
Recently, there was an opportunity to test Debian on Power.
Downloaded the basic image, give it a try. It was a nice experience, there were no problems with installation.
Check out the version and kernel
root@debian:~# cat... [More]
Alphabet Soup: xCAT By: Heather Crognale.
When you're ready to provision a system in your cloud or cluster, you can go through each step on your own, or you can use the xCAT: Extreme Cloud (or Cluster) Administration Toolkit .
The xCAT is a collection of tools, most of which are script-based,
that you can use to build, configure, administer, and maintain Linux clusters. You can use xCAT on any cluster, but it works particularly well on high-performance clusters, horizontal-scaling clusters, and administrative clusters. The xCAT... [More]
By: Beth Taylor. New to the Linux Information Center is Developing software using the IBM Software Development Kit for PowerLinux , http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/lnxinfo/v3r0m0/topic/liaal/iplsdkmain.htm. About IBM Software Development Kit for PowerLinux The IBM® Software Development Kit for PowerLinux is a free, Eclipse-based Integrated Development Environment (IDE). The IBM SDK for PowerLinux integrates C/C++ source development with the IBM Advance Toolchain for PowerLinux and classic Linux debugging and performance analysis... [More]
By: Carlos Seo. The IBM Advance Toolchain for PowerLinux is a set of open source development tools and runtime libraries which allows users to take leading edge advantage of IBM's latest POWER hardware features on Linux. A new update release is now available, and it features: Bug fixes for DFP in GCC. Fix to address over counting user context lost samples in Oprofile. GDB now displays correctly the vperm instruction. Time zone for the Advance Toolchain is now automatically set to the system's time zone. New advance-toolchain-at5.0-selinux rpm,... [More]