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1 Intel(R) Management Engine Interface (Intel(R) MEI) 2 =================================================== 3 4 Introduction 5 ============ 6 7 The Intel Management Engine (Intel ME) is an isolated and protected computing 8 resource (Co-processor) residing inside certain Intel chipsets. The Intel ME 9 provides support for computer/IT management features. The feature set 10 depends on the Intel chipset SKU. 11 12 The Intel Management Engine Interface (Intel MEI, previously known as HECI) 13 is the interface between the Host and Intel ME. This interface is exposed 14 to the host as a PCI device. The Intel MEI Driver is in charge of the 15 communication channel between a host application and the Intel ME feature. 16 17 Each Intel ME feature (Intel ME Client) is addressed by a GUID/UUID and 18 each client has its own protocol. The protocol is message-based with a 19 header and payload up to 512 bytes. 20 21 Prominent usage of the Intel ME Interface is to communicate with Intel(R) 22 Active Management Technology (Intel AMT) implemented in firmware running on 23 the Intel ME. 24 25 Intel AMT provides the ability to manage a host remotely out-of-band (OOB) 26 even when the operating system running on the host processor has crashed or 27 is in a sleep state. 28 29 Some examples of Intel AMT usage are: 30 - Monitoring hardware state and platform components 31 - Remote power off/on (useful for green computing or overnight IT 32 maintenance) 33 - OS updates 34 - Storage of useful platform information such as software assets 35 - Built-in hardware KVM 36 - Selective network isolation of Ethernet and IP protocol flows based 37 on policies set by a remote management console 38 - IDE device redirection from remote management console 39 40 Intel AMT (OOB) communication is based on SOAP (deprecated 41 starting with Release 6.0) over HTTP/S or WS-Management protocol over 42 HTTP/S that are received from a remote management console application. 43 44 For more information about Intel AMT: 45 http://software.intel.com/sites/manageability/AMT_Implementation_and_Reference_Guide 46 47 48 Intel MEI Driver 49 ================ 50 51 The driver exposes a misc device called /dev/mei. 52 53 An application maintains communication with an Intel ME feature while 54 /dev/mei is open. The binding to a specific feature is performed by calling 55 MEI_CONNECT_CLIENT_IOCTL, which passes the desired UUID. 56 The number of instances of an Intel ME feature that can be opened 57 at the same time depends on the Intel ME feature, but most of the 58 features allow only a single instance. 59 60 The Intel AMT Host Interface (Intel AMTHI) feature supports multiple 61 simultaneous user connected applications. The Intel MEI driver 62 handles this internally by maintaining request queues for the applications. 63 64 The driver is transparent to data that are passed between firmware feature 65 and host application. 66 67 Because some of the Intel ME features can change the system 68 configuration, the driver by default allows only a privileged 69 user to access it. 70 71 A code snippet for an application communicating with Intel AMTHI client: 72 73 struct mei_connect_client_data data; 74 fd = open(MEI_DEVICE); 75 76 data.d.in_client_uuid = AMTHI_UUID; 77 78 ioctl(fd, IOCTL_MEI_CONNECT_CLIENT, &data); 79 80 printf("Ver=%d, MaxLen=%ld\n", 81 data.d.in_client_uuid.protocol_version, 82 data.d.in_client_uuid.max_msg_length); 83 84 [...] 85 86 write(fd, amthi_req_data, amthi_req_data_len); 87 88 [...] 89 90 read(fd, &amthi_res_data, amthi_res_data_len); 91 92 [...] 93 close(fd); 94 95 96 IOCTL 97 ===== 98 99 The Intel MEI Driver supports the following IOCTL command: 100 IOCTL_MEI_CONNECT_CLIENT Connect to firmware Feature (client). 101 102 usage: 103 struct mei_connect_client_data clientData; 104 ioctl(fd, IOCTL_MEI_CONNECT_CLIENT, &clientData); 105 106 inputs: 107 mei_connect_client_data struct contain the following 108 input field: 109 110 in_client_uuid - UUID of the FW Feature that needs 111 to connect to. 112 outputs: 113 out_client_properties - Client Properties: MTU and Protocol Version. 114 115 error returns: 116 EINVAL Wrong IOCTL Number 117 ENODEV Device or Connection is not initialized or ready. 118 (e.g. Wrong UUID) 119 ENOMEM Unable to allocate memory to client internal data. 120 EFAULT Fatal Error (e.g. Unable to access user input data) 121 EBUSY Connection Already Open 122 123 Notes: 124 max_msg_length (MTU) in client properties describes the maximum 125 data that can be sent or received. (e.g. if MTU=2K, can send 126 requests up to bytes 2k and received responses up to 2k bytes). 127 128 129 Intel ME Applications 130 ===================== 131 132 1) Intel Local Management Service (Intel LMS) 133 134 Applications running locally on the platform communicate with Intel AMT Release 135 2.0 and later releases in the same way that network applications do via SOAP 136 over HTTP (deprecated starting with Release 6.0) or with WS-Management over 137 SOAP over HTTP. This means that some Intel AMT features can be accessed from a 138 local application using the same network interface as a remote application 139 communicating with Intel AMT over the network. 140 141 When a local application sends a message addressed to the local Intel AMT host 142 name, the Intel LMS, which listens for traffic directed to the host name, 143 intercepts the message and routes it to the Intel MEI. 144 For more information: 145 http://software.intel.com/sites/manageability/AMT_Implementation_and_Reference_Guide 146 Under "About Intel AMT" => "Local Access" 147 148 For downloading Intel LMS: 149 http://software.intel.com/en-us/articles/download-the-latest-intel-amt-open-source-drivers/ 150 151 The Intel LMS opens a connection using the Intel MEI driver to the Intel LMS 152 firmware feature using a defined UUID and then communicates with the feature 153 using a protocol called Intel AMT Port Forwarding Protocol (Intel APF protocol). 154 The protocol is used to maintain multiple sessions with Intel AMT from a 155 single application. 156 157 See the protocol specification in the Intel AMT Software Development Kit (SDK) 158 http://software.intel.com/sites/manageability/AMT_Implementation_and_Reference_Guide 159 Under "SDK Resources" => "Intel(R) vPro(TM) Gateway (MPS)" 160 => "Information for Intel(R) vPro(TM) Gateway Developers" 161 => "Description of the Intel AMT Port Forwarding (APF) Protocol" 162 163 2) Intel AMT Remote configuration using a Local Agent 164 165 A Local Agent enables IT personnel to configure Intel AMT out-of-the-box 166 without requiring installing additional data to enable setup. The remote 167 configuration process may involve an ISV-developed remote configuration 168 agent that runs on the host. 169 For more information: 170 http://software.intel.com/sites/manageability/AMT_Implementation_and_Reference_Guide 171 Under "Setup and Configuration of Intel AMT" => 172 "SDK Tools Supporting Setup and Configuration" => 173 "Using the Local Agent Sample" 174 175 An open source Intel AMT configuration utility, implementing a local agent 176 that accesses the Intel MEI driver, can be found here: 177 http://software.intel.com/en-us/articles/download-the-latest-intel-amt-open-source-drivers/ 178 179 180 Intel AMT OS Health Watchdog 181 ============================ 182 183 The Intel AMT Watchdog is an OS Health (Hang/Crash) watchdog. 184 Whenever the OS hangs or crashes, Intel AMT will send an event 185 to any subscriber to this event. This mechanism means that 186 IT knows when a platform crashes even when there is a hard failure on the host. 187 188 The Intel AMT Watchdog is composed of two parts: 189 1) Firmware feature - receives the heartbeats 190 and sends an event when the heartbeats stop. 191 2) Intel MEI driver - connects to the watchdog feature, configures the 192 watchdog and sends the heartbeats. 193 194 The Intel MEI driver uses the kernel watchdog API to configure the Intel AMT 195 Watchdog and to send heartbeats to it. The default timeout of the 196 watchdog is 120 seconds. 197 198 If the Intel AMT Watchdog feature does not exist (i.e. the connection failed), 199 the Intel MEI driver will disable the sending of heartbeats. 200 201 202 Supported Chipsets 203 ================== 204 205 7 Series Chipset Family 206 6 Series Chipset Family 207 5 Series Chipset Family 208 4 Series Chipset Family 209 Mobile 4 Series Chipset Family 210 ICH9 211 82946GZ/GL 212 82G35 Express 213 82Q963/Q965 214 82P965/G965 215 Mobile PM965/GM965 216 Mobile GME965/GLE960 217 82Q35 Express 218 82G33/G31/P35/P31 Express 219 82Q33 Express 220 82X38/X48 Express 221 222 --- 223 firstname.lastname@example.org