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GSP command

Mridul Dutta

GSP command

HI Friends

Can any one tell me what is the difference between vfp (GSP) command in Superdome and normal rp5405 server?

Robert-Jan Goossens
Honored Contributor

Re: GSP command

Hi Mrihul,

VFP: Virtual Front Panel display

VFP will display the state of the system(RP5405) and in case of a SUPERDOME this could be multiple partitions.

Hope this helps,
Bill Hassell
Honored Contributor

Re: GSP command

For cell-based platforms like the Superdome or the rp8400 series, there is an additional layer beyond the GSP to access multiple cells which can be partitioned into separate computer systems. That's why you see references to MP rather than GSP for these machines. The MP can look at each cell separately and the VFP acts as an interface to see what that cell is doing. The VFP is usually invoked during a reboot to watch the selftests in that cell. Because each partition is a separate system, a new interface is needed to talk to each system at the hardware level.

Bill Hassell, sysadmin
Jason Ray
Frequent Advisor

Re: GSP command

The differences I have noticed is that in non-cell based systems, like the rp5405, the vfp shows information about the LEDs and what they are currently displaying.

For cell based systems, you can get a high level vfp view of all of the partitions, or you can get the vfp of a specific partition, which will also show more state information about the particular cells of that partition.