July 18, 2014 at 12:00 am #7258
We just released vSMP Foundation 5.5.295.3 – a significant update to vSMP Foundation 5.5 series. Check it at http://scalemp.mywebdev.a2hosted.com/downloads/vSMP_Foundation/5.5.295.3.
[FIX] Diagnostics: UI fix for FTP results export when no network
connectivity (Issue: 4975).
[FIX] HCLBackplane: Mellanox Connect-IB HCAs may lead to system
crash during vSMP Foundation early boot phase (Issue: 5916).
[FIX] HCLBackplane: Regression in redundant backplane support since
[FIX] HCLDevices: Critical fix that increase robustness of AnyIO.
[FIX] UI and boot: Memory corruption during Welcome Screen (Issue:
[FIX] UI and boot: term_type configuration parameter added to
configuration file unnecessarily (Issue: 5817).
[FIX] UI and boot: vsmppp installation warning for first time SYX
users should not be presented for MEX users (Issue: 6045).
[FIX] vSMP CTL: vsmpctl –pin and –unpin usage and help (Issue:
[FIX] vSMP CTL: vsmpstat output file ownership (Issue: 5111).
[FIX] Add RMRR segments to e820 map (if missing from e820).
[FIX] Automatic addition of OS boot flag intel_iommu=off or
modification of intel_iommu=on if exists on RHEL 6.5 (Issue:
[FIX] Freeze during early vSMP Foundation startup (Issue: 5713,
5810, 5832, 5997).
[FIX] Ignored “,” at the end of pci_dev_filterX.
[FIX] PCI device representation with ‘*’.
[FIX] Properly handle lowest-priority interrupt delivery mode.
[CHG] HCLBackplane: Always use backplane-load-balancing if possible
and allowed by license.
[CHG] HCLBackplane: Remove Mellanox InfiniBand switch firmware
[CHG] HCLBackplane: Verbose link rate reporting and warnings during
[CHG] HCLBoards: Increase number of supported IOAPICs per board to
12 (IBM x3950 X6).
[CHG] HCLDevices: AnyIO board level enablement (anyio_boards) will
apply for all supported devices, if device level enablement
(anyio_devX) is not being used.
[CHG] HCLDevices: Enable AnyIO for first board (anyio_boards=1) in
memory-expansion (MEX) by default.
[CHG] HCLDevices: Increase number of Intel Storage Controller Unit
(SCU) controllers to 2 (Issue: 5890).
[CHG] HCLDevices: Increase number of serial ports to 3 by addition
[CHG] HCLDevices: Increasing number of AnyIO devices per board to
[CHG] HCLDevices: Proper PCI device reset for devices used by the
Guest OS (Issue: 5886).
[CHG] Image Manager: Do not accept images with embedded config,
unless -f is used.
[CHG] Image Manager: Introducing -d to dump configuration file used
to create an existing image.
[CHG] License: Improve license agent status reporting.
[CHG] Performance: AMD Turbo-core and Intel Turbo Mode (collectively
‘Turbo’) is on by default.
[CHG] Performance: Improved performance for boards with lower core
count (20% increase on 16 cores boards).
[CHG] Performance: Improved performance for boards with unused CPUs
[CHG] Performance: Improved performance when AnyIO is actually being
used on only one board.
[CHG] Performance: Intel Turbo Mode is supported only Sandy-Bridge
processors or later.
[CHG] Performance: Tune memory-expansion (MEX) cache aggressiveness.
[CHG] UI and boot: Correctly identify vSMP Foundation version in
System Settings (F5) UI (Issue: 5639, 5719).
[CHG] UI and boot: Various cleanups and more verbose reporting
[CHG] vSMP CTL: Improved event classification and correctness of
reporting (Issue: 5926 and non-reported).
[CHG] vSMP CTL: Remove dependency on libnuma.
[CHG] Expose only single Local APIC/x2APIC NMI entry in MADT.
[CHG] FADT boot flag indicates no ASPM.
[CHG] FADT century value is read from the hardware (was 0 before).
[NEW] HCLBackplane: Introducing backplane-load-balancing uneven
topologies. Board ordering follows system_boards
configuration key (set by System Setting (F5) Lock operation).
Alternative topologies will be supported even if unordered or
partial compared to the primary topology. In case
system_boards is undefined, the first topology will be defined
as main topology, and all other alternative topologies must
match the main topology board ordering, unless
consistent_topologies=no is set in configuration file.
Memory-only boards does not require specific board ordering,
and can use all possible topologies.
[NEW] HCLDevices: AnyIO licensed devices without proper licenses
are visible non-functional.
[NEW] HCLDevices: Enable InfiniBand support for guest. Enablement
via System Settings (F5) and ‘backplane_devX’ configuration
[NEW] HCLDevices: Support for RHEL6.5 driver for Broadcom NetXtreme
II 577xx/578xx and fix of several issues.
[NEW] License: Guest OS (dmesg and console) is notified on
[NEW] License: Introducing token-based licensing support, with full
backward compatibility to class-based licenses. Token-based
licensing requires new license agent.
[NEW] License: vsmptools cannot be used on unlicensed system.
[NEW] Performance: Expose MWAIT command, and improve Intel Turbo
Mode performance with correct ACPI PSS values.
[NEW] Performance: Improved cache management for guest 2MB pages.
[NEW] Performance: Improved remote AnyIO performance with better
heuristics for automatic NASRAM UNPINNING.
[NEW] Performance: Nested VM performance improvement. Windows 7 KVM
VMs measured to run 100x faster (Issue: 5950).
[NEW] Performance: Prevent package access to C1E or deep sleep to
maintain backplane performance.
[NEW] Performance: Significantly improved board local AnyIO
[NEW] UI and boot: Improve backplane initialization time during
system bring up.
[NEW] UI and boot: Improve memory initialization time during system
bring up for memory-expansion (MEX).
[NEW] UI and boot: Reporting memory at 1GB granularity if total
memory is more than 1TB (Issue: 5728).
[NEW] UI and boot: Robust BIOS consistency checks for HT, Turbo, VT,
and VT-d. Validate conformance with System Settings.
[NEW] UI and boot: Support for ‘M’/’G’ to specify MB/GB in
system_memory configuration key (Issue: 6010).
[NEW] Board SMBIOS (DMI) partial information (type 0, 1 and 2 only)
are reported by vSMP Foundation as handles 0x0TNN, where T is
the type and NN is the board number counting from 1. Handle
0x0T00 is used by vSMP Foundation to reports its information.
[NEW] Support for Guest OS-guided interrupt routing. Introducing
IRP (Interrupt routing programmable) can be disabled in System
Settings (F5) or using “irp” configuration key.
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