Power6 Mid-Range Firmware
Applies to: 9117-MMA
This document provides information about the installation of Licensed
Machine or Licensed Internal Code, which is sometimes referred to generically
as microcode or firmware.
1.0 Systems Affected
This package provides firmware for System p 570 (9117-MMA) servers
not use on any other systems.
The firmware level in this package is:
2.0 Important Information
Do not attempt to backlevel
firmware from the EM320_031 level to the EM310 release level. This
will corrupt the service processor(s) code and will require the service
processor(s) to be replaced.
Firmware update or upgrade fails with SRC E302F842
This problem will occur when the following conditions apply:
HMC is at V7.3.2 with fix MH01081 installed and the managed system
being updated or upgraded is at firmware level EM310_048.
To determine if MH01081 is installed:
Enter the following command on an HMC command line:
This command will produce a report similar to the following:
MH01081: Pegasus security fix, code update fix, and new DST
To prevent this failure from occurring, install fix MH01084.
If you have experienced this problem, install fix MH01084, and then
reinstall the system firmware. For information about the recovery
procedure call you next level of support.
Signal Cable in an InfiniBand loop, and InfiniBand I/0 drawer power
Recently, internal IBM testing has discovered a reliability issue when
concurrently plugging signal cables in an InfiniBand loop, or when an InfiniBand
I/O drawer in the loop is powered off, during system operation. Until
a new level of system firmware is released that fixes this issue, IBM recommends
that you do not follow any procedures, either from service publications,
or from the HMC, that indicate this can be done concurrently. To
avoid potential problems, ensure that all partitions that utilize the resources
in the affected InfiniBand loop are shut down prior to taking any actions
with the cabling, or powering down the InfiniBand I/O drawer. In
the rare event that an InfiniBand cable is accidentally unplugged, do not
attempt to replug the cable without quiescing all partitions that are utilizing
resources in any of the InfiniBand I/O drawers in the loop.
The exposure exists on a 9117-MMA system if you have external InfiniBand
I/O drawers connected to a Feature Code/CCIN 1802, 12X Channel Interface
In an AIX partition on a
9117-MMA system, check for feature code/CCIN 1802 by running both of the
following AIX commands:
lscfg -vp | grep -p P1-C8
lscfg -vp | grep -p P1-C9
If you have difficulty identifying the presence of these adapters in
any system, contact support for assistance.
If an InfiniBand/GX+ adapter is found in any of the locations above,
you should not concurrently plug InfiniBand signal cables or power off
an I/O drawer on that InfiniBand loop.
When system firmware is released that includes a fix for this problem,
it will be clearly documented in the firmware description section of the
ECA702 Released for 9117-MMA Systems
ECA702 was released on 12/07/2007 to update 9117-MMA systems to firmware
level EM310_063_048. In addition to system firmware, the ECA
also provides corresponding HMC updates. Product Engineering strongly recommends
the installation of the ECA. Customers wishing to have IBM service
perform the installation of this firmware, free of charge, should call
1-800-IBM-SERV or their country's service organization to request mandatory
Memory Considerations for Firmware Upgrades
The increase in memory used by the firmware is due to the additional functionality
in later firmware releases.
NOTE: You must upgrade your HMC code to Version 7, Release
3.2.0 before attempting to load this system firmware on your server.
For information concerning HMC releases and to access the HMC code packages,
go to the following URL: http://www14.software.ibm.com/webapp/set2/sas/f/hmc/home.html
NOTE: You must be logged in as hscroot in order for
the firmware installation to complete correctly.
3.0 Firmware Information
Use the following example as a reference to determine whether your installation
will be concurrent or disruptive.
Note: The file names and service pack levels used in the
examples are for clarification only, and are not
necessarily levels that have been, or will be released.
An installation is disruptive if:
Example: Currently installed release is EM310, new release is EM320
The release levels (XXX) are different.
Example: EM310_120_120 is disruptive, no matter what level of EM310
The service pack level (YYY) and the last disruptive service
pack level (ZZZ) are equal.
installed on the system
Example: Currently installed service pack is EM310_120_120 and
The service pack level (YYY) currently installed on the system is lower
than the last disruptive service pack level (ZZZ) of the service pack to
new service pack is EM310_152_130
An installation is concurrent if:
Example: Currently installed service pack is EM310_126_120,
The service pack level (YYY) is higher than the service pack
level currently installed on your system.
new service pack is EM310_143_120.
System firmware file naming convention:
NOTE: Values of service pack and last disruptive service pack
level (YYY and ZZZ) are only unique within a release level (XXX).
For example, 01EM310_067_045 and 01EM320_067_053 are different service
XXX is the release level
YYY is the service pack level
ZZZ is the last disruptive service pack level.
Firmware Information and Update Description
New Features and Functions:
Support for redundant service processors with failover on model MMA systems.
Support for the concurrent addition of a RIO/HSL adapter on model MMA systems.
Support for the concurrent replacement of a RIO/HSL adapter on model MMA
Support for the "hyperboot" boot speed option in the power on/off menu
on the Advanced System Management interface (ASMI).
Support for the creation of multiple virtual shared processor pools (VSPPs)
within the one physical pool. (In order for AIX performance tools to report
the correct information on systems configured with multiple shared processor
pools, a minimum of AIX 5.3 TL07 or AIX 6.1 must be running.)
Support for the capability to move a running AIX or Linux partition from
one system to another compatible system with a minimum of disruption.
Support for the collection of extended I/O device information (independent
of the presence of an operating system) when a system is first connected
to an HMC and is still in the manufacturing default state.
Improved VPD collection time on model MMA systems.
Support for the migration of DDR2 memory DIMMs during the MES upgrade from
a 9117-570 server to a 9117-MMA server when processor card F/C 5621 is
ordered when the initial system upgrade MES order is placed.
Support for EnergyScaletm and Active Energy Managertm.
For more information on the energy management features now available, please
see the EnergyScaletm
Fixes that affect all model MMA systems:
System firmware changes that affect certain model MMA systems
HIPER: A problem was fixed that caused some functions that
perform hardware operations during runtime to generate temporary extended
error handling (EEH) errors.
DEFERRED: A problem was fixed that caused a system crash (with
SRC B131E504) by changing the initialization settings of the I/O control
hardware. Note: This fix is not in the EM320_031_031 level listed
above; it is included in the EM210_040_031 level.
A problem was fixed that prevented a system from recovering after SRC B1xxB9xx
A problem was fixed that caused a firmware installation to fail with SRC
A problem was fixed that caused SRC B1818A10 to be erroneously logged during
a disruptive firmware installation.
A problem was fixed that, under certain circumstances, caused the buttons
on the control (operator) panel to be inoperative.
A problem was fixed that prevented the system planning tool from deploying
a sysplan with certain HEA MCS values.
A problem was fixed that caused SRC B1813108 to be erroneously logged during
A problem was fixed that, under certain circumstances, caused the InfiniBand
adapter to stop responding to InfiniBand requests.
A problem was fixed that caused the error "MSGVIOSE0300E002-0154 There
is insufficient memory available for firmware" to be logged on the HMC.
On model MMA systems with multiple drawers, a problem was fixed that
prevented the pin-hole reset switch on the control (operator) panel from
resetting the system.
On model MMA system with an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) attached,
a problem was fixed the prevented the UPS from notifying the operating
system that a utility failure or low battery condition had occurred.
On systems with at least 3 or more licensed processors and 2 or more unlicensed
processors, a problem was fixed that caused the system boot to be slower
than normal, or to hang with SRC C700406E.
On model MMA system with 7314-G30 I/O expansion drawers attached, problems
were fixed that caused the wrong FRUs to be called out with SRC B70069ED,
and caused the hypervisor to loop if certain invalid cabling configurations
On model MMA systems with a large number of I/O towers attached, a problem
was fixed that caused the HMC to go to the incomplete state when an additional
tower was added to a loop.
HIPER: A problem was fixed that caused a time-out in a hardware
device driver. This time-out must include both SRCs B181B920
and B181D147. Other SRCs may be present including, but not limited
to, B1xxB9xx, B1xxE504, and B150D141. Occasionally the system crashes.
If B181B920 and B181D147 SRCs are logged, check for any resources that
were deconfigured at the time of these errors and reconfigure them using
the ASMI menus. No hardware should be replaced. To recover
from this error condition, the service processor must be reset by removing,
then reapplying, the managed system's power.
DEFERRED: On multi-drawer model MMA systems, a problem found
in testing was fixed which when the L3 cache was disabled, under
very unique (and rare) circumstances may result in data being overwritten
in the cache and the system to crash. Although the exposure to this
issue is very low, and there have been no reported problems from the field,
the system impact if this occurred would be high. Product Engineering
recommends that you schedule time to install this deferred fix at you earliest
Additional features and functions:
System firmware changes that affect all 9117-MMA systems:
Added support for 9406-MMA.
Additional information concerning this service pack:
HIPER: A problem was fixed that caused the system to crash
with SRC B170E450.
HIPER: A problem was fixed that, in rare circumstances, could
cause the system to hang due to the improper handling of certain exceptions.
HIPER: A problem was fixed that prevented the operating system
from being notified of certain EPOW conditions that could lead to the system
or partition being shut down, with the possible loss of data. These
EPOW conditions included the ambient temperature being too high, the loss
of utility power (with or without UPS backup), and a user-initiated power
off using the white power button or the HMC.
A problem was fixed that could cause a firmware installation from the HMC
to fail with SRC E302F85C on the HMC, and SRC B1813088, B1818A0F, or B1813011
logged in the service processor error log.
A change was made so that if a failure occurs during a memory-preserving
reboot, the system continues to reboot rather than remaining in the termination
(powered off) state.
A problem was fixed that caused EEH (enhanced error handling) errors to
be erroneously logged against certain I/O adapters.
A problem was fixed that prevented "linked" resources that had been guarded
out from being reconfigured during the next reboot after a service action
on one of the guarded parts.
A problem was fixed that, after the backplane was replaced in a 7314-G30
I/O drawer, prevented the partition that owned the drawer from seeing those
A problem was fixed that caused the serial connection to a partition to
be lost. When this occurred, SRCs B181D307, B200E0AA, and/or B200813A
were generated by the service processor and the hypervisor.
A problem was fixed in partition firmware that, in some circumstances,
prevented a CD-ROM or tape device from being in the default service mode
boot list, even if one was present in the system.
A problem was fixed that caused the HMC to go to the incomplete state,
and SRC B182953C to be logged in the service processor error log every
five minutes or so, when the managed system was booted.
A problem was fixed that caused the system to intermittently fail to configure
devices attached to the integrated USB port when booting.
A problem was fixed that might have caused erroneous callouts if a problem
was found with certain levels of memory controller chips.
A problem was fixed that caused the system to call home and reboot instead
of allowing the failing part (a memory controller or DIMM) to be deconfigured
by PRD (processor runtime diagnostics).
In addition to the fixes described above, this service pack also contains
a fix for a low probability problem and content intended for newly-manufactured
systems, or enhancements to system internal interfaces, which is not required
for systems already in production use. This content will not
be activated on systems that install this service pack concurrently.
Even though this content is not required for systems which are already
installed and in use, a disruptive installation of this service pack or
a re-IPL after installing it will cause this content to become active.
It is not necessary to plan a window for re-IPL the system the activate
How to Determine Currently Installed Firmware Levels
You can view the server's current firmware level on the Advanced System
Management Interface (ASMI) Welcome pane. It appears in the top right
corner. Example: EM320_031.
the Firmware Package
The firmware is located at the web site:
Follow the instructions on this web page. You must read and agree to
the license agreement to obtain the firmware packages.
In the drop-down box, choose the entry for your specific machine type
You may download the rpm file for system firmware from this location
to your server, an ftp server, or a CD-ROM. If your system is HMC-managed,
you will also need to download the xml file located on the final download
page. Make sure the file names have the format 01EM3xx_yyy_zzz, with
an extension of .rpm and .xml, before copying them to your server, an ftp
server or CD-ROM. If using a CD-ROM, copy the .rpm and .xml files
to the CD-ROM using a local CD-ROM burner utility.
Another method is to download the ISO image and create a CD-ROM to use
with your HMC.
Note: If your HMC is not internet-connected you will need to download
the new firmware level to a CD-ROM or ftp server.
6.0 Installing the Firmware
The method used to install new firmware will depend on the release level
of firmware which is currently installed on your server. The release level
can be determined by the prefix of the new firmware's filename.
Where XXX = release level
If the release level will stay the same (Example: Level EM310_075_075
is currently installed and you are attempting to install level EM310_081_075)
this is considered an update.
If the release level will change (Example: Level EM310_081_075 is currently
installed and you are attempting to install level EM320_096_096) this is
considered an upgrade.
Instructions for installing firmware updates and upgrades can be
found in the Operations
Guide for the Hardware Management Console and Managed Systems, see
Chapter 9. Updates, section Managed Systems Updates.
7.0 Change History
|May 06, 2008
||Changed information in Section 2.0 in "blue" to refer to
EM320_031 firmware level specifically, instead of EM320 in general.
|Apr 18, 2008
||Changed link to the Operations Guide for the Hardware Management Console
and Managed Systems.
|Mar 03, 2008
||- Revised Section 2.0 concerning SRC E302F842. The new service pack
- Added information to the EM310_069 fixlist for the deferred fix.
|Feb 21, 2008
||- Added fixlist for firmware level EM310_069.
- Added information to the EM320_031 feature/function list concerning
"hyperboot" speed option.
- Added information to Section 2.0 concerning SRC E302F842.
- Added information to Section 2.0 concerning InfiniBand loop
and I/O drawer.
- Added information to Section 2.0 concerning memory information.
|Feb 5, 2008
||Added information to Section 2.0 concerning backleveling from
EM320 to EM310.
|Jan 17, 2008
||Revised HIPER fix for EM310_063, to include additional information.
|Jan 11, 2008
||Added information to New Features and Functions list concerning
DDR2 DIMMs when upgrading 9117-570 server to 9117-MMA server.
|Dec 18, 2008
||Deleted "Support for the Integrated Virtualization Manager on mode
MMA systems" from the New Features and Functions list in EM320_031_031.
|Dec 11, 2007
||Added information into Section 2.0 concerning the HMC level required
for this firmware.