IBM Blade Bay Data

The IBM BladeCenter chassis contains a feature known as "Blade Bay Data".

 

This feature allows the systems administrator to set an arbitrary text string for a particular slot in a chassis which can then be read and used by the operating system on the blade in any manner which it sees fit. Note that the information is tied to the slot itself, not the blade inserted into the slot.

 

Possible applications include:

  • Grid Job Processing - ability for blades to set their job function and processing type at runtime
  • Networking - ability for blades to set their networking parameters at runtime