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how to update intel PAC(arria 10) BMC

apenguin
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Dear Sir/Madam,

 

I installed PAC arria 10 ( DK-ACB-10AX1152AES ) in my pc :

 

I got the following:

 

 "pan@gwf8 a10_gx_pac_ias_1_2_1_pv]$ sudo fpgainfo fme
Board Management Controller, microcontroller FW version unavailable
Last Power Down Cause: unavailable
Last Reset Cause: unavailable (can't open)
//****** FME ******//
Object Id : 0xF100000
PCIe s:b:d:f : 0000:A2:00:0
Device Id : 0x09C4
Socket Id : 0x01
Ports Num : 07
Bitstream Id : 0xFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF
Bitstream Version : 15.15.15
Pr Interface Id : ffffffff-ffff-ffff-ffff-ffffffffffff
Boot Page : factory
[pan@gwf8 a10_gx_pac_ias_1_2_1_pv]$"

 

seems I got empty card (new card). I did connect the usb blaster cable , how I flash it with latest firmware/updates ?

 

my pc setup : RHEL 7.9 on dell precision t7910 with dual xeon CPU and 256G ECC RAM.

 

Thanks !   -Penghui

 

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AnilErinch_A_Intel
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Hi Penghui,


Thanks for contacting Intel support.

Please go through the thermal guidelines which would help you to get more clarity on thermal usage of the PAC.

https://www.intel.com/content/dam/www/programmable/us/en/pdfs/literature/an/an-tpg-pac-a10.pdf

Regarding reducing the noise and about adding extra fan , I think a detailed analysis might be required.


Thanks and Regards

Anil


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apenguin
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It took me  a week to track down the issue: the motherboard's pcie3 x 16 slots on the second cpu does not  work with pac, had to move to 2nd video card slot on first cpu to make it work: ( it is previous version of firmware 1.1

 

[pan@gwf8 pkg]$ sudo fpgainfo fme
//****** FME ******//
Class Path : /sys/class/fpga/intel-fpga-dev.0/intel-fpga-fme.0
Device Path : /sys/devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:03.0/0000:04:00.0/fpga/intel-fpga-dev.0/intel-fpga-fme.0
Bus : 0x04
Device : 0x00
Function : 0x00
Device Id : 0x09C4
Fim Version : 1.1.3
Ports Num : 1
Socket Id : 0
Bitstream Id : 0x113000200000177
Bitstream Metadata : 0x1805304
Pr Interface Id : 9926ab6d-6c92-5a68-aabc-a7d84c545738
Object Id : 254803968

now, I just have to solve the temperature issue, had to turn on high speed fan ( 40% ), it is quiet noisy, temperature still on the high end ( start with 53C and level off on 58C ). Hopefully add extra fan would help out and I don't have to go the water cool solution.

[pan@gwf8 ~]$ sudo fpgainfo temp
//****** THERMAL ******//
Class Path : /sys/class/fpga/intel-fpga-dev.0/intel-fpga-fme.0/thermal_mgmt
Device Path : /sys/devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:03.0/0000:04:00.0/fpga/intel-fpga-dev.0/intel-fpga-fme.0/thermal_mgmt
Bus : 0x04
Device : 0x00
Function : 0x00
Device Id : 0x09C4
Temperature : 58° C


[pan@gwf8 ~]$

 

Any suggestion are welcome. Many thanks !

AnilErinch_A_Intel
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Hi Penghui,


Thanks for contacting Intel support.

Please go through the thermal guidelines which would help you to get more clarity on thermal usage of the PAC.

https://www.intel.com/content/dam/www/programmable/us/en/pdfs/literature/an/an-tpg-pac-a10.pdf

Regarding reducing the noise and about adding extra fan , I think a detailed analysis might be required.


Thanks and Regards

Anil


apenguin
Beginner
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Thanks Anil !

 

Will give that a try , might take a few iterations. That's very helpful !

 

Thanks !             -Penghui

 

apenguin
Beginner
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Thanks Anil !

 

Going over the manual leads to solution of adding 3 USB fan to back of my workstation, it reduced the 3 intake fan speed to 20% which quiet it down to acceptable level ( I am deaf on one side so very sensitive to noise). FPGA core temperature level off at 55 c. Not perfect, good enough for now.

 

Thanks !       -Penghui

 

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