DMTF Announces New PMCI Tools Task Force
DMTF has formed a new Tools Task Force within its Platform Management Components Intercommunication (PMCI) Working Group. The PMCI Working Group develops the Network Controller Sideband Interface (NC-SI), Management Component Transport Protocol (MCTP), Platform Level Data Model (PLDM), and Security Protocol and Data Model (SPDM) specifications that provide a comprehensive, common architecture for improved communication between management subsystem components.
As work in the new Task Force begins, the group will focus on developing a set of test tools to determine conformance of a vendor’s implementation of the management software stack that implements the “Upper (data model) Layer” protocols (DSP2015) such as NC-SI, PLDM, SPDM, as well as future protocols at this level. PLDM includes a set of specifications for a variety of management functions; these include Redfish Device Enablement (RDE), Firmware Update, Platform Monitoring and Control, SMBIOS Transfer, BIOS Control and Configuration, and FRU Data. By creating a standard test interface, DMTF can open up protocol validation tools to the Open Source community.
For more information about the PMCI Working Group and the platform management standards it defines, please visit https://www.dmtf.org/standards/pmci.