I think this would be a great addition. While I've not used Power7 or
PowerVM. I do know of some interest in VCL supporting this.

The VCL community is looking for good committers. Would you be
interested in developing this, not only for UMBC but for the larger
VCL community? Given the work you've already done with Power7 and VCL
with xCAT, it appears you have a pretty good understanding of the VCL
code structure.


On Tue, Sep 13, 2011 at 1:45 PM, Sunil Venkatesh <> wrote:
> Dear all,
> As informed by Dr. Yesha, we @ UMBC are working on provisioning virtual
> nodes from the POWER7 blade. And, I wanted to update regarding the
> restrictions that I have come across in achieving the same.
> Virtualization with RedHat EL (RHEL) is not possible on POWER7 -
> 1. Latest version of RHEL - version 5 for power systems uses kernel version
> 2.6.18. However, KVM is only supported on kernels 2.6.24 or later.
> 2. Virtualization support in RHEL is available only under the x86
> architectures.
> (
> The only way, is to make use of PowerVM (an IBM product). I spoke to the IBM
>  Customer representative and he confirmed that the only way to perform
> virtualization on POWER is to make use of PowerVM. However, VCL does not
> have support for provisioning over PowerVM. I would like to know if it would
> be feasible to procure PowerVM and integrate it with the VCL
> framework. Please let us know your comments regarding the same.
> Regards,
> Sunil

Aaron Peeler
Program Manager
Virtual Computing Lab
NC State University

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