Announcing vSMP Foundation 22.214.171.124 – first 5.5 release
April 2, 2014 at 7:21 am #4367
We just released vSMP Foundation 126.96.36.199 – our largest ever feature release. Check it at http://www.scalemp.com/downloads/vSMP_Foundation/188.8.131.52.
[FIX] HCL\Devices: Correctly reset LSI MegaRAID devices.
[FIX] HCL\Devices: Critical issue with AHCI devices that could lead
to memory corruption.
[FIX] HCL\Devices: Incorrect packet handling of I350 leading to
memory corruption (Issue: 5688).
[FIX] Image Manager: Source image should be opened for only for read
[FIX] Performance: Slowness during boot loader (such as grub)
operation (Issue: 5713).
[FIX] UI and boot: Issue with boot device list (Issue: 5681).
[FIX] vSMP CTL: -V exit code correction.
[FIX] vSMP CTL: Make sure statistics present all possible events.
[FIX] vSMP Foundation Device: Don’t allow log to a device if it
[FIX] vSMP Foundation Device: Don’t support loading vSMP Foundation
from device and over network in same VM.
[FIX] Do now create zero size e820 entries (Issue: 5081).
[FIX] Fix emulation of various commands (Issue: 5649).
[FIX] Interrupts sent to offline CPUs are handled correctly (Issue:
[FIX] Upgrade program can run in Fault-Tolerant mode with -i
parameter (Issue: 4513).
[FIX] Upgrade program UI when run on native and vSMP Foundation
which booted over network (Issue: 5127, 5180, 5182).
[CHG] HCL\Boards: Enhanced support for boards with large IO hole
[CHG] HCL\Boards: Prioritize ACPI interrupt routing info over
[CHG] HCL\Boards: Update maximum RAM per board to 8TB.
[CHG] HCL\Boards: Update maximum sockets per board to 8.
[CHG] HCL\Devices: Support for RHEL6.5 driver for Emulex OneConnect
10GbE (BladeEngine 3) network adapters and fix of several
issues (Issue: 5648, 5740).
[CHG] HCL\Devices: Updated hardware compatibility list. Details
available at http://www.scalemp.com/spec.
[CHG] HCL\Devices: Updates supported device list. Supported devices
are published at http://www.scalemp.com/IOcompat.
[CHG] License: Switch to memory-expansion (MEX) if number of
licensed sockets match the primary board (Issue: 5528).
[CHG] Performance: CPT to correctly handle memcpy of 0 bytes.
[CHG] Performance: Guest code patching (ultravirt): enhanced TLB
flushing for latest Linux kernels.
[CHG] UI and boot: Control scaling mode (system-expansion (SYX) /
IO-expansion (IOX) / memory-expansion (MEX)) via System
Settings (F5) (Issue: 5568).
[CHG] vSMP CTL: Accept partial command line switches (Issue: 5571).
[CHG] vSMP CTL: Enhanced output for vsmpctl –status (Issue: 5376,
[CHG] vSMP CTL: Improve board-events profiling to show VM linear
[CHG] vSMP CTL: Show statistics for board with active CPUs only.
Eliminate phantom records in memory-expansion (MEX) mode as
well as incorrect %use report (Issue: 5799).
[CHG] vSMP Foundation Device: Present correct product and iproduct
strings (viewable with lsusb -v).
[CHG] Allow up to 64 PCI busses per node (was 16 before). Changing
PCI bus ID enumeration method.
[CHG] Expose ECAM PCI device access for all bus segments (adding
[CHG] Improved performance in AMD Turbo-core and Intel Turbo Mode.
[CHG] Reduced vSMP Foundation startup time.
[CHG] Reduced vSMP Foundation memory consumption in memory-expansion
[NEW] HCL\Backplane: Support for Intel True Scale HCAs.
[NEW] HCL\Backplane: Support for Mellanox Connect-IB HCAs.
[NEW] HCL\Devices: AnyIO auto-enablement for Fusion-IO ioDimm3 and
Samsung Electronics NVMe SSD Controller.
[NEW] HCL\Devices: AnyIO support for MSI/MSI-X with round-robin
interrupt distribution. MSI-X interrupts are limited to 16
[NEW] HCL\Devices: Improved networking devices performance: Intel
1GigE and 10GigE, Broadcom NetXtreme II 1GigE and 10GigE.
[NEW] HCL\Devices: Improved performance of Intel Xeon Phi
virtualization as host cores (fuzed mode).
[NEW] HCL\Devices: Improved storage devices performance: LSI
Fusion-MPT SAS, LSI MegaRAID, LSI MegaRAID Fusion-MPT SAS 2.0.
[NEW] License: Display VM resource trimming due to license.
[NEW] License: Enforce license requirements for accelerators.
[NEW] License: Network license manager updated to RLM10.1BL2, which
provides the following major enhancements:
– Browsers connecting on rlm’s main port are redirected to the
– Report log logs all licenses in use both at start and at the
– RLM web interface allows editing license files.
– RLM web interface doesn’t display “Manage Windows Service”
on non-Windows systems.
– RLM web interface now supports user login, with access
– RLM web interface only displays commands which the user can
[NEW] License: Report license inventory on agent and server (Issue:
[NEW] Performance: Access to PCI configuration address space.
[NEW] Performance: Guest code patching (ultravirt): AnyIO
performance – DMA handling.
[NEW] Performance: Improved performance for memory-expansion (MEX)
[NEW] Performance: Improved performance of interrupt handling (fast
EOI) – critical for low-latency I/O intensive workloads.
Leveraging Guest code patching (ultravirt).
[NEW] Performance: Improved performance of IPI delivery.
[NEW] Performance: Improvements for boards with high CPU count.
[NEW] Performance: Optimized 2MB page-table entry handling.
[NEW] Performance: Significant improvements for high-core-count (240
[NEW] UI and boot: Changed in System Settings (F5) do not require a
system restart (Issue: 5539).
[NEW] UI and boot: Control AnyIO board level enablement (first
board, all boards, none) via System Settings (F5).
[NEW] UI and boot: Control AnyIO board level enablement via
anyio_boards configuration key (default set to 0) or
alternatively via anyio_devX=bb:dd:f key for a device-specific
[NEW] UI and boot: Correctly display interconnect bandwidth (Issue:
[NEW] UI and boot: Enforce use of hardware virtualization if
supported by the hardware. Can be disabled via System
Settings (F5) or configuration file with vt=off key (Issue:
5488, 5500, 5509).
[NEW] UI and boot: Warning for first time users to install vsmppp
[NEW] UI and boot: Improved configuration file error reporting
[NEW] vSMP CTL: Control next boot cpu_boards and io_boards thru
–cpu-boards and –io-boards switches (Issue: 5567).
[NEW] vSMP Foundation Device: More robust vSMP Foundation Device
read and update (Issue: 5342).
[NEW] vSMP Foundation Device: Support for setting device filter from
System Settings (F5) – for USB 1.x (UHCI) devices. Alert
during startup if device shares controller with other devices.
[NEW] Enabling AnyIO on multiple boards will align Linux caches on
4KB using guest code patching (ultravirt).
[NEW] Enhanced PCI device representation to allow: bb:dd.f, bb:dd.*,
bb:*.f, bb:*.*, *:dd.*, *:*.f, *:*.*.
[NEW] Support for Linux Crash Kernel.
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