We would certainly be targeting the development towards the larger VCL 
community. But, this development is possible when the PowerVM package is made 
available. I would assume a module that is similar to the existing KVM module 
should serve the purpose.


On Sep 13, 2011, at 3:16 PM, Aaron Peeler wrote:

> Sunil,
> 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.
> Thanks,
> Aaron
> On Tue, Sep 13, 2011 at 1:45 PM, Sunil Venkatesh <suni...@umbc.edu> 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.
>> (http://www.redhat.com/rhel/server/virtualization_support.html#virt_matrix)
>> 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
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