Ubuntu 16.04 installation instructions for Cavium ThunderX CRB
Before You Begin
You will need the following:
- Cavium THUNDERX 1-Socket or 2-socket Customer Reference Board (ver 2.x chips)
- A management device for console access
- DHCP set up to provide Internet access (to access the Ubuntu package archive)
A TFTP Server accessible from the system
Boards should have following firmware components :
UEFI version: AMI Aptio Label 11 (released May 12 2016 ) or newer
BMC Firmware : 1scrb_82693_20150901.ima or newer
CPLD image: version 0xd or newer for 1socket CRB, 0x8 or newer for 2 socket CRB
NOTE: It is very important to ensure that systems are running with above recommended firmware levels for Ubuntu installation to work. Please contact your Cavium representative if you are unable to confirm or need help upgrading to the recommended firmware versions.
Ubuntu 16.04 Installation Instructions
Since ThunderX CRBs are UEFI based, they can be installed using the same instructions as a typical UEFI server. Please refer to ARM/Server/Install/UEFI-ARM for further details.