Open Source Firmware @HPE
09-20, 09:30–10:00 (Europe/Stockholm), Main Room

We will cover during this talk the status of Open Source Firmware solutions on HPE platforms (including coverage of our GXP BMC asic internals). We will run demos of them, and cover the impact of supporting multiple CPU architecture with potentially the same firmware stack.

The GXP Asic is a Cortex A9 single core processor internally developed at HPE and used within our global ProLiant family. It has been dedicated to our iLO proprietary firmware stack and we will cover our journey to upstream full support of the ASIC within the linux kernel.

In parallel we will initiate discussion about DC-SCM form factor, a dedicated form factor to control planes which might have impact on Open Source Firmware architecture.

See also: Slides (3.8 MB)

I am thrilled by computers. I spent a lot of time designing them at architectural and hardware level, and participated to crazy projects, including building up the biggest european super computer in the late 90's. I love to share my knowledge and enable people to design better computers. I am particularly focused on open technologies currently, which includes design tools like FreeCAD, KiCAD, and open source firmware projects like linuxboot and OpenBMC. I used to work for big companies, created a french based startup that I successfully sold to an american company in 2018. I am now part of HPE mainly focused on open platforms. What does it mean will be known in a couple of months / quarters and years.