HTX & eCMD System Development Tools


Abstract to be presented at Summit 2016

Hardware Test eXecutive (HTX) and the eCMD API are two key pieces of IBM’s system development stack. Our presentation will provide attendees an overview of how these two tools enable bring-up, characterization and validation of POWER systems.

HTX is IBM’s premier system test tool. HTX includes programs to validate POWER processor, memory and IO subsystems. It provides a flexible framework allowing for many exercisers to be run in parallel. eCMD is IBM’s common hardware access API, providing users a robust environment to work with their hardware. Built upon its core C/C++ progamming API, eCMD also provides a unix command line, Python API and Perl API.

Attendees will gain insight on how to best leverage HTX and eCMD for system development and learn about IBM’s future direction for these tools.


Speaker Bios

Jason Albert has worked at IBM almost 15 years in system development.  He is currently an OpenPOWER tools architect focused on providing lab tools for OpenPOWER system development.

Mehulkumar J. Patel is an architect of POWER server hardware validation test tool, Hardware Test Executive (HTX). Mehul has 16+ years of industry experience out of which 13+ years at IBM. In his IBM tenure, Mehul has been working in the area of developing tools for hardware validation for POWER servers. Mehul has a degree in electronics engineering from National Institute of Technology, Surat, India and a post graduate degree from Birla Institute Of Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani, India.