TITLE: HPE Compute Scale-Up Server 3200 Linux OS and HFS Release Notes

HFS Version: 2.4.9


Linux Operating Systems:

Minimum Linux Distro versions:

HFS version 2.4.9 support the following Linux Distro versions on Compute Scale-up Server 3200:

HFS 2.4.9 also runs on Superdome Flex and Superdome Flex 280 servers running supported Linux versions.

Note: Sles15 sp4 kernel version 5.14.21-150400.26.63 has a regression.  It does not advertise avx capabilities, causing poor performance by applications wanting to use avx instructions.  Fixed in version 5.14.21-150400.26.66 .  SUSE BZ 1211205 for details.


The following linux bootline options are recommended.  HFS will add the bootline options automatically when needed:

·       tsc=nowatchdog                              Prevent the watchdog from changing the clocksource from tsc. (Intel IPS 7448510)

·       add_efi_memmap                            Ensure all memory is included in Linux memory map

·       udev.children-max=512                  Prevent driver load issues when booting

·       nmi_watchdog=0                             Disable SW watchdog, which may have scaling issues on large systems.

·       watchdog_thresh=30                       Increase timeouts on large systems

·       workqueue,watchdog_thresh=60   Increase timeouts on large systems

·       mce=2                                              Raise the MCA recovery threshold.

·       pci=nobar                                        Prevent Linux from assigning unassigned BARs.

·       console=ttyS0,115200                     Enable the serial console.

·       earlyprintk=ttyS0,115200                Display early boot messages.  Aids in debugging early boot issues.

Note: Removing "quiet" from the kernel bootline will also aid debugging boot issues.

Linux distro links:


HFS (HPE Foundation Software) Description:


HPE Foundation Software (HFS) includes automatic boot-time optimization utilities, reliability features, and technical support tools. Designed for high performance computing, these tools help maximize system performance and availability




              Download latest HPE Foundation Software (HFS 2.4.9) from HPE Support Center

              Download latest HPE Foundation Software (HFS 2.4.9) from Software Download Repository

              HPE Compute Scale-up Server 3200 Quick Specs

              HPE Superdome Flex Administrator Guide

              Managing System Performance with HPE Foundation Software

              HPE Foundation Software (HFS) commands



HPE Compute Scale-Up Server 3200

HPE Superdome Flex

HPE Superdome Flex 280



Version: HFS 2.4.8




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Please review all instructions and the "Hewlett Packard Enterprise Support Tool License Terms" or your Hewlett Packard Enterprise support terms and conditions for precautions, scope of license, restrictions, and limitation of liability and warranties, before installing this package. It is important that you read and understand these instructions completely before you begin. This can determine your success in completing the software update.

Linux Installation instructions:



HFS ISO installation Instructions:

    1. You must have root (or sudo) access.
    2. To install the Foundation Software ISO image Version 2.4.9, copy the hpe-foundation-2.4.9-cd1-media-<OS>-x86_64.iso file corresponding to your Linux version, where <OS> is rhelx, slesx.
      Note: For Oracle Linux UEK, use the corresponding rhelx or rhelx ISO image (except for OL 8.6, 8.7,  with UEK 7: see Customer Notice a00127601 )
      • Oracle UEK6 is not supported on Sapphire Rapids.
      • Example with /tmp/ as destination directory:
                   scp hpe-foundation-2.4.9-cd1-media-sles15sp5-x86_64.iso root@<system-name>:/tmp/
    3. Have the distro media available and repo files set up to install dependencies.

    1. Installation/upgrade for SLES:
      1.  Create a repo file /etc/zypp/repos.d/Foundation.repo that looks like this:  
          -  Replace <OS> with the corresponding slesx
          - /tmp/ is the directory where you copied the file earlier

      2. Refresh zypper:
               zypper clean ; zypper refresh
      3.  Install/upgrade the Foundation Software:
               For a fresh install, run: zypper install -t pattern HPE-Foundation
               For an upgrade, run: zypper dup
      4.  Reboot the system:
         After the system reaches the EFI shell, in the RMC command window, enter:
                power reset npar pnum=0
        Note: The above command assumes partition 0, the system supports multiple partitions.
    1.  Installation/upgrade for RHEL or Oracle Linux:
      1. Create a mount point for the ISO:
           # mkdir /mnt/Foundation
      2. Mount the ISO
           Note: /tmp/ matches the location of the ISO and <OS> is rhel<x>
           Note: For Oracle Linux UEK, select the corresponding rhelx ISO
               # mount -o loop /tmp/hpe-foundation-2.4.9-cd1-media-<OS>-x86_64.iso /mnt/Foundation
      3. Create a repo file (ie /etc/yum.repos.d/HPE-Foundation.repo) that looks like this:
      4. Refresh dnf or yum
        # dnf clean all
      5.  Install/upgrade HPE Foundation Software:
         e.1. Install:
         - For RHEL, use:
                      # dnf groupinstall "HPE Foundation Software"
         - For Oracle Linux, use:
                      # dnf groupinstall "HPE Foundation Software for Oracle Linux"

                                        Note: To see the list of groups to install, use: dnf grouplist
                                     e.2. Upgrade:
 - To upgrade, use:     
                                           # dnf upgrade

f.      Reboot the system to activate the change:

After the system reaches the EFI shell, in the RMC command window, enter:
   power reset npar pnum=0

Note: Refer to your operating system documentation for details on adding directories of RPM packages as available software sources/repositories for use by zipper, dnf and yum.


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