Verified Commercial Hardware

Verified and approved hardware components for use with StarlingX are listed here.

Table 1. Verified Components


Approved Hardware

Hardware Platforms

  • Hewlett Packard Enterprise

    • HPE ProLiant DL360p Gen8 Server

    • HPE ProLiant DL360p Gen9 Server

    • HPE ProLiant DL360 Gen10 Server

    • HPE ProLiant DL380p Gen8 Server

    • HPE ProLiant DL380p Gen9 Server

    • HPE ProLiant ML350 Gen10 Server

    • c7000 Enclosure with HPE ProLiant BL460 Gen9 Server


      LAG support is dependent on the switch cards deployed with the c7000 enclosure. To determine whether LAG can be configured, consult the switch card documentation.

  • Dell

    • Dell PowerEdge R430

    • Dell PowerEdge R630

    • Dell PowerEdge R640

    • Dell PowerEdge R720

    • Dell PowerEdge R730

    • Dell PowerEdge R740

  • Kontron Symkloud MS2920


    The Kontron platform does not support power ON/OFF or reset through the BMC interface on StarlingX. As a result, it is not possible for the system to properly fence a node in the event of a management network isolation event. In order to mitigate this, hosted application auto recovery needs to be disabled.

Supported Reference Platforms

  • Intel Iron Pass

  • Intel Canoe Pass

  • Intel Grizzly Pass

  • Intel Wildcat Pass

  • Intel Wolf Pass

Disk Controllers

  • Dell

    • PERC H310 Mini

    • PERC H730 Mini

    • PERC H740P

    • PERC H330

    • PERC HBA330

  • HPE Smart Array

    • P440ar

    • P420i

    • P408i-a

    • P816i-a

  • LSI 2308

  • LSI 3008

NICs Verified for PXE Boot, Management, and OAM Networks

  • Intel I210 (Springville) 1G

  • Intel I350 (Powerville) 1G

  • Intel 82599 (Niantic) 10G

  • Intel X540 10G

  • Intel X710/XL710 (Fortville) 10G

  • Intel X722 (Fortville) 10G

  • Emulex XE102 10G

  • Broadcom BCM5719 1G

  • Broadcom BCM57810 10G

  • Mellanox MT27710 Family (ConnectX-4 Lx) 10G/25G

  • Mellanox MT27700 Family (ConnectX-4) 40G

NICs Verified for Data Interfaces 1

The following NICs are supported:

  • Intel I350 (Powerville) 1G

  • Intel 82599 (Niantic) 10G

  • Intel X710/XL710 (Fortville) 10 G

  • Intel X552 (Xeon-D) 10G

  • Mellanox Technologies

    • MT27710 Family (ConnectX-4) 10G/25G

    • MT27700 Family (ConnectX-4) 40G

PCI passthrough or PCI SR-IOV NICs

  • Intel 82599 (Niantic) 10 G

  • Intel X710/XL710 (Fortville) 10G

  • Mellanox Technologies

    • MT27500 Family (ConnectX-3) 10G (support for PCI passthrough only) 2

    • MT27710 Family (ConnectX-4) 10G/25G

    • MT27700 Family (ConnectX-4) 40G


    For a Mellanox CX3 using PCI passthrough or a CX4 using PCI passthrough or SR-IOV, SR-IOV must be enabled in the CX3/CX4 firmware. For more information, see How To Configure SR-IOV for ConnectX-3 with KVM (Ethernet): Enable SR-IOV on the Firmware.


The maximum number of VFs per hosted application instance, across all PCI devices, is 32.

For example, a hardware encryption hosted application can be launched with virtio interfaces and 32 QAT VFs. However, a hardware encryption hosted application with an SR-IOV network interface (with 1 VF) can only be launched with 31 VFs.


Dual-use configuration (PCI passthrough or PCI SR-IOV on the same interface) is supported for Fortville NICs only.

PCI SR-IOV Hardware Accelerators

  • Intel AV-ICE02 VPN Acceleration Card, based on the Intel Coleto Creek 8925/8950, and C62x device with QuickAssist ®.

GPUs Verified for PCI Passthrough

  • NVIDIA Corporation: VGA compatible controller - GM204GL (Tesla M60 rev a1)

Board Management Controllers

  • HPE iLO3

  • HPE iLO4

  • Quanta


See StarlingX Data Networks for addtional information.


PCI passthrough support for Mellanox CX3 is deprecated.