Intel RSD

Intel Rack Scale Design (RSD) is a hardware architecture that allows for the dynamic composition of physical systems from a pool of available hardware resources (e.g. disk space, memory, cores). It is an example of composable hardware.

This means a machine request can be made without having to make machines available beforehand. Modelling tools, such as Juju, can leverage this functionality when requesting a machine from MAAS, which will dynamically create and Deploy one. Machines can also be requested directly from within MAAS.

See MAAS CLI - Composable hardware for how to manage Intel RSD with the CLI.

Note: MAAS has only been validated to work with Intel RSD reference software release v.1.2.5, based on Redfish API v.1.0 and RSD PODM API v.1.0.


  • Intel Rack Scale Design
    Intel® Rack Scale Design (RSD) is a logical architecture that disaggregates compute, storage, and network resources, and introduces the ability to more efficiently pool and utilize these resources.

  • Composed System
    An Intel RSD term. Used to represent a system that has been created for usage as an actual machine in MAAS.

  • Uncomposed System
    An Intel RSD term. Used to represent a system that has not been created for usage as an actual usable system.

  • Pod
    A MAAS term. Use to represent a set of machines or a pool of hardware available for MAAS’s control through a single endpoint.

Web UI

See Web UI for how to get started with the web UI.

Composable hardware systems are managed on the 'Pods' page, which is initially empty:

initial pods page

Add a Pod

Add a Pod by using the 'Add pod' button. After choosing 'Rack Scale Design' for 'Pod type' the below form will appear:

add pod

Fill in the fields (you will need to get values for 'Pod address', 'Pod user', and 'Pod password' from the Intel RSD administrator) and click 'Save pod'.

List Pods

The new Pod, including a summary of contained resources, will be listed on the 'Pods' page:

save pod

View Pod details

Clicking a Pod's name on the 'Pods' page will reveal the resources contained within it:

pod details

Compose Pod machine

While on a Pod's details view, begin the machine composition process by pressing the 'Compose machine' button:

pod compose machine

Fill in the fields (many are optional) and hit 'Compose machine' to finish. You will be brought back to the Pod's details view. In a few moments the new machine will be auto-commissioned:

pod compose machine commissioning

The main 'Nodes' page should reflect this as well.

As expected, the new machine's resources will be deducted from the Pod's resources:

pod machine resources deducted

Decompose a Pod machine

Decomposing a Pod machine means to send the machine's resources back to the Pod for reuse. Doing so within MAAS will also cause the corresponding MAAS node to be Deleted.

While on a Pod's details view, select the machine to decompose and choose the 'Delete' button from the dropdown menu:

pod decompose machine

Confirm by hitting the 'Delete machine' button.

Note: This operation can also be achieved by simply deleting the corresponding MAAS node in the regular way.

Once done, you will be transported back to the main 'Nodes' page.

Delete a Pod

While on the main Pods page, select a Pod and choose the 'Delete' action from the dropdown menu. Hit 'Delete 1 pod' to confirm the action:

pod delete

Deleting a Pod will also decompose all its machines, thereby also removing all corresponding nodes from MAAS.