ASRock Rack PAUL

Project status: in progress

The ASRock Rack PAUL is a PCI-express add-in card for servers and workstations containing an Aspeed AST2500 BMC chip. A Baseboard Management Controller (BMC) is a small computer that allows for out-of-band management. It allows for remote power control, KVM (remote keyboard, video and mouse) control, virtual media insertion and much more.

ProcessorARM1176JZS (ARMv6) @ 800MHzAST2500 SoC
Storage3x 32MB SPI flashMX25L25645G

These parts make for quite a powerful system, unfortunately the operating system shipped by ASRock Rack is proprietary and dos not allow for easy modification. To allow for a more secure, transparent and customizable experience we are working on adding support for this mainboard to the mainline Linux kernel and the OpenBMC Linux distribution for BMCs.

Official documentation is provided in ASRock Racks manual.