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+==================================================================================
+APEX on AARCH64
+==================================================================================
+
+This document describes the changes needed to deploy OPNFV-APEX on aarch64
+ * General considerations
+ * Creating undercloud and overcloud images using DIB
+ * Creating Kolla containers
+
+General considerations
+--------------------------
+
+OPNFV - APEX relies on artifacts created by the OOO project.
+
+Those artifacts are:
+
+1. Openstack packages, found in delorean_.
+
+ .. _delorean: http://www.python.org/
+
+2. UC and OC images created by RDO and found in images_.
+
+ .. _images: https://images.rdoproject.org/master/rdo_trunk/current-tripleo-rdo-internal/
+
+3. The containerized version of the openstack services found in docker.io_.
+
+ .. _docker.io: https://hub.docker.com/r/tripleomaster/
+
+All the above artifacts are x86_64 only and as a result cannot be used by APEX on aarch64
+As a result the user needs to create the Images locally before attempting to deploy.
+The only supported scenario is 'os-nosdn-rocky-ha'.
+
+Other than the aarch64 disk images and containers, there is no other special configuration
+required for aarch64. The only requirement is for the nodes to be identified as aarch64 nodes
+in the inventory files.
+
+For example :
+
+.. code-block:: yaml
+
+ node1:
+ mac_address: "68:05:CA:68:08:CA"
+ ipmi_ip: 10.10.10.10
+ ipmi_user: user
+ ipmi_pass: pass
+ pm_type: "pxe_ipmitool"
+ cpus: 1
+ memory: 128000
+ disk: 480
+ disk_device: sda
+ arch: "aarch64"
+ capabilities: "profile:control"
+
+
+Creating undercloud and overcloud images using DIB
+--------------------------------------------------
+In order to create that image DIB_ must be used. DIB can either be built from source or use yum to be installed.
+
+.. _DIB: https://github.com/openstack/diskimage-builder
+
+It is important to use a fairly late version of DIB to support UEFI systems. The version currently on epel does NOT have support for UEFI. The version on delorean (15.01) works just fine. DIB uses a YAML file from the user which describes how the
+image should look like. The original yaml from RDO is here_:
+
+
+.. _here: https://github.com/openstack/tripleo-common/blob/master/image-yaml/overcloud-images.yaml
+
+The equivelant yaml files for aarch64 are included in the apex repo in the "apex/contrib/aarch64" folder.
+The UC and OC images are very similar in terms of packages. The major difference is the partition table in EFI so for the undercloud, that has to provided as an environmental variable.
+
+.. code-block:: python
+
+ export DIB_BLOCK_DEVICE_CONFIG="
+
+ - local_loop:
+ name: image0
+
+ - partitioning:
+ base: image0
+ label: gpt
+ partitions:
+ - name: ESP
+ type: 'EF00'
+ size: 64MiB
+ mkfs:
+ type: vfat
+ mount:
+ mount_point: /boot/efi
+ fstab:
+ options: "defaults"
+ fsck-passno: 1
+ - name: root
+ type: '8300'
+ size: 50GiB
+ mkfs:
+ type: ext4
+ mount:
+ mount_point: /
+ fstab:
+ options: "defaults"
+ fsck-passno: 1
+ "
+
+ export DIB_YUM_REPO_CONF+="/etc/yum.repos.d/delorean-deps-rocky.repo /etc/yum.repos.d/delorean-rocky.repo /etc/yum.repos.d
+ /epel.repo "
+ openstack --debug overcloud image build --config-file undercloud_full.yaml --output-directory ./
+
+
+The overcloud is built in a similar way.
+
+.. code-block:: python
+
+ export DIB_YUM_REPO_CONF+="/etc/yum.repos.d/delorean-deps-rocky.repo /etc/yum.repos.d/delorean-rocky.repo /etc/yum.repos.d
+ /epel.repo "
+ openstack --debug overcloud image build --config-file overcloud_full_rootfs.yaml --output-directory ./
+
+
+
+Apex container deployment
+-------------------------
+Similarly the containers provided by OOO are for x86 only. Containers for apex on aarch64 for the Rocky release can
+be found in armbandapex_.
+
+.. _armbandapex: https://registry.hub.docker.com/v2/repositories/armbandapex/
+
+A user who wishes to rebuild the containers can easily do so by sing Kolla. An example kolla.conf and the command to build the containers is given bellow.
+
+
+.. code-block:: python
+
+ [DEFAULT]
+
+ base=centos
+ type=binary
+ namespace="private docker.io repository"
+ tag=current-tripleo-rdo
+ rpm_setup_config=ceph.repo,epel.repo,delorean-deps.repo,delorean.repo
+ push=True
+
+
+
+.. code-block:: python
+
+ openstack overcloud container image build --config-file /usr/share/tripleo-common/container-images/overcloud_containers.yaml
+ --kolla-config-file /etc/kolla/kolla-build.conf
+
+