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PCI Express. System. Architecture. MINDSHARE, INC. Ravi Budruk. Don Anderson. Tom Shanley. Technical Edit by Joe Winkles. ADDISON-WESLEY. PCI Express System Architecture (PC System Architecture Series series) by Ravi Budruk. Read online, or download in secure PDF format. PCI Express System Architecture. Home · PCI Express System Architecture Introduction to PCI Express: A Hardware and Software Developer's Guide.
Switches support locked requests. One port of a switch pointing in the direction of the root complex is an upstream port. Finally the packet is converted to a serial bit stream on all Lanes and transmitted differentially across the Link to the neighbor completer device. Traffic Classes TCs and Virtual Channels VCs The Quality of Service feature of PCI Express refers to the capability of routing packets from different applications through the fabric with differentiated priorities and deterministic latencies and bandwidth. Quality Of Service.
Even if a PCI application does not require observation of these strict ordering rules. Doing so results in additional wait states during PCI bus master accesses of system memory. If the master tries too soon. The North bridge or MCH must assume all system memory address space is cachable even though this may not be the case.
Observing relaxed ordering rules allows bus cycles especially those that cross a bridge to complete with reduced latency. PCI does not require error recovery features. This is a severe response. Hub Link 2. This chipset has similarities to the 8XX chipset described earlier. PCI bus cycles provide no mechanism by which to indicate an access to non-cachable memory address space.
If the master waits too long to retry. These limitations above have been resolved in the next generation bus architectures. Ultimately the system shuts down when an error is detected. PCI interrupt handling architecture is inefficient especially because multiple devices share a PCI interrupt signal. Additional software latency is incurred while software discovers which device or devices that share an interrupt signal actually generated the interrupt.
PCI bus cycles do not provide a mechanism to allow relaxed ordering rule. A more appropriate response might be to detect the error and attempt error recovery.
PCI architecture observes strict ordering rules as defined by the specification. A registered signal requires smaller setup time to sample the signal as compared with a non-registered signal employed in PCI.
Most PCI-X bus cycles are burst cycles and data is generally transferred in blocks of no less than Bytes.
PCI-X signals are registered. Following the first data phase. The device drivers. Figure is an example of a PCI-X burst memory read transaction. The time gained from reduced setup time and clock-to-out time is used towards increased clock frequency capability and the ability to support more devices on the bus at a given frequency compared to PCI. This results in higher bus utilization.
This allows for more efficient device buffer management. This protocol is illustrated in Figure Exactly two bus transactions are needed to complete the entire data transfer. A requester initiates a read transaction. This prompts the requester to end the bus cycle.
The requester also receives the requested data in a very efficient manner. The completer that claims the bus cycles may be unable to return the requested data immediately.
Rather than signaling a retry as would be the case in PCI protocol. In between these two bus transactions the read request and the split completion transaction the bus is utilized for other transactions.
Once the completer has gathered the requested data. PCI Express architecture employs a similar transaction protocol. The PCI-X bus is now available for other transactions.
The requester claims the split completion bus cycle and accepts the data from the completer. These performance enhancement features described so far contribute towards an increased Page Suffice it to say that transactions with the RO bit set can complete on the bus in any order with respect to other transactions that are pending completion. Hypothetical PCI-X 2. This bus is described next. PCI-X 2. The PCI-X 2. A PCI-X 2. The result is improved performance during accesses to non-cachable memory.
There is no software overhead in determining which device generated the interrupt. We will not get into the details here. The data written is a unique interrupt vector associated with the device generating the interrupt. To generate an interrupt request. With this vector. This diagram is the author's best guess as to what a PCI-X 2. This allows auto-correction of single bit errors and detection and reporting of multi-bit errors.
With the aid of a strobe clock. This implies that a PCI-X 2. Some noteworthy points to remember are that with very fast signal timing. As indicated in Table on page A x32 Link consists of 32 Lanes or 32 signal pairs for each direction for a total of signals.
The differential driver is DC isolated from the differential receiver at the opposite end of the Link by placing a capacitor at the driver side of the Link. The Link supports a symmetric number of Lanes in each direction. Two devices at opposite ends of a Link may support different DC common mode voltages.
The differential impedance at the receiver is matched with the board impedance to prevent reflections from occurring. The Link. No OS or firmware is involved during Link level initialization. A Lane consists of signal pairs in each direction. During hardware initialization. Data is transmitted from a device on one set of signals. The common mode voltage can be any voltage between 0 V and 3. A x1 Link consists of 1 Lane or 1 differential signal pair in each direction for a total of 4 signals.
Figure shows the electrical characteristics of a PCI Express signal. A switch may be incorporated into a Root Complex device Host bridge or North bridge equivalent. Switches can range from a 2-port device to an n-port device.
Figure on page 52 and Figure on page 54 are examples of PCI Express systems showing multi-ported devices such as the root complex or switches. The specification does not indicate a maximum number of ports a switch can implement.
No clock signal exists on the Link. The completer returns a completion packet with the read data to the requester. PCI Express encodes transactions using a packet based protocol. PCI Express supports a new transaction type called Message transactions. The transmitter of the packet is notified of the error by the receiver. All symbols are guaranteed to have one-zero transitions. The transmitter automatically retries sending the packet with no software involvement.
Each byte is encoded into a bit symbol. The receiver uses a PLL to recover a clock from the 0-to-1 and 1-to-0 transitions of the incoming bit stream. Non-posted transactions. Packets transmitted over the Link in error are recognized with a CRC error at the receiver. The packets are used to support the split transaction protocol for non-posted transactions. Other messages are vendor defined messages. IO read and write requests. Each packet to be transmitted over the Link consists of bytes of information.
The more Lanes implemented on a Link the faster a packet is transmitted and the greater the bandwidth of the Link. Posted transactions. These include memory read and memory write. New OS. Packets are transmitted and received serially and byte striped across the available Lanes of the Link.
Various types of packets such as memory read and write requests. Some messages are PCI Express standard messages used for error reporting. These transactions are encoded using the packet-based PCI Express protocol described later. The PCI Express 1.
Those transactions that are non-posted and those that are posted. Bandwidth and Clocking As is apparent from Table on page The protocol by which the transmitter ensures that the receiving buffer has sufficient space available is referred to as flow control.
This arbitration is referred to as VC arbitration. Traffic Classes TCs and Virtual Channels VCs The Quality of Service feature of PCI Express refers to the capability of routing packets from different applications through the fabric with differentiated priorities and deterministic latencies and bandwidth.
The receiver periodically updates the transmitter with information regarding the amount of buffer space it has available. Packets with different TCs can move through the fabric with different priority. The TC in each packet is used by the transmitting and receiving ports to determine which VC buffer to drop the packet into.
These packets are routed through the fabric by utilizing virtual channel VC buffers implemented in switches. Error handling on PCI Express can be as rudimentary as PCI level error handling described earlier or can be robust enough for server-level requirements.
Serviceable applications. These transactions are prioritized based on the ingress port number when being merged into a common VC output buffer for delivery across the egress link. The result is that packets with different TC numbers could observe different performance when routed through the PCI Express fabric. Switches and devices are configured to arbitrate and prioritize between packets from different VCs before forwarding.
PCI Express device use a memory write packet to transmit an interrupt vector to the root complex host bridge device. This arbitration is referred to as Port arbitration. A rich set of error logging registers and error reporting mechanisms provide for improved fault isolation and recovery solutions required by RAS Reliable. Quality of Service QoS.
Only endpoint devices that must support legacy functions and PCI Express-to-PCI bridges are allowed to support legacy interrupt generation. As such. The transmitter device will only transmit a packet to the receiver if it knows that the receiving device has sufficient buffer space to hold the next transaction.
The flow control mechanism guarantees that a transmitted packet will be accepted by the receiver. Flow Control A packet transmitted by a device is received into a VC buffer in the receiver at the opposite end of the Link. Devices can also signal a wake-up event using an in-band mechanism or a side-band signal.
Hot plug interrupt messages. PCI Express also supports the following Link power states: PCI Express Page Devices can notify software of their current power state. Updated OSs and device drivers are required to take advantage and access this additional configuration address space. L2 and L3. PCI Express configuration model supports two mechanisms: Desktop computers implementing PCI Express can have the same look and feel as current computers with no changes required to existing system form factors.
PCI Express supports device power states: D3-Hot and D3-Cold. PCI Express enhanced configuration mechanism which provides access to additional configuration space beyond the first Bytes and up to 4 KBytes per function. Specifications for these are fully defined. With no software involvement. This capability is referred to as Active State power management. Rather than implementing a centralized hot plug controller as exists in PCI platforms.
Each device's power state is individually managed. MRL sensor. There are two size form factors defined. The base module with single. This form factor targets the mobile computing market. They are designed with future support of larger PCI Express Lane widths and higher frequency bit rates beyond 2.
The form factor. Four form factors are under consideration. Below is a summary of publicly available information about these form factors. A Hierarchy is a fabric of all the devices and Links associated with a root complex that are either directly connected to the root complex via its port s or indirectly connected via switches and bridges. Endpoints initiate transactions as a requester or respond to transactions as a completer.
Each port is connected to an endpoint device or a switch which forms a sub-hierarchy. A Hierarchy Domain is a fabric of devices and Links that are associated with one port of the root complex. Two types of endpoints exist. USB or graphics devices. The root complex bus.
The root complex generates transaction requests on the behalf of the CPU. Both types of endpoints implement Type 0 PCI configuration headers and respond to configuration transactions as completers. In Figure on page It generates both memory and IO requests as well as generates locked transaction requests on the behalf of the CPU. Each endpoint is initialized with a device ID Page A multi-port root complex may also route packets from one port to another port but is NOT required by the specification to do so.
It may support one or more PCI Express ports. The root complex as a completer does not respond to locked requests. It is capable of initiating configuration transaction requests on the behalf of the CPU. PCI Express endpoints and legacy endpoints. Interrupt capable legacy devices may support legacy style interrupt generation using message requests but must in addition support MSI generation using memory write transactions.
The root complex in this example supports 3 ports. Legacy devices are not required to support bit memory addressing capability.
For example in Figure on page They are peripheral devices such as Ethernet. Legacy Endpoints may support IO transactions. Root complex transmits packets out of its ports and receives packets on its ports which it forwards to memory. They may support locked transaction semantics as a completer but not as a requester. The root complex initializes with a bus number. PCI Express endpoints must support bit memory addressing capability in prefetchable memory address space.
Endpoints are devices other than root complex and switches that are requesters or completers of PCI Express transactions.
Root complex implements central resources such as: One port of a switch pointing in the direction of the root complex is an upstream port. A requester reads data from a completer or writes data to a completer. The Links are numbered in a manner similar to the PCI depth first search enumeration algorithm.
An endpoint port is an upstream port. Endpoints are always device 0 on a bus. A 4 port switch shown in Figure on page 48 consists of 4 virtual bridges. A Completer is a device addressed or targeted by a requester.
A Downstream Port is a port that points away from the root complex. ID routing. Configuration and enumeration software will detect and initialize each of the header 1 registers at boot time. Switches implement two arbitration mechanisms.
Switches support locked requests. The logical bridges within the switch implement PCI configuration header 1. Endpoints and PCI -X devices may implement up to 8 functions per device. IO or configuration address based routing.
An Egress Port is a port that transmits a packet. Switches forward these packets based on one of three routing mechanisms: Root complex and endpoints are requester type devices. An Upstream Port is a port that points in the direction of the root complex. Root complex and endpoints are completer type devices.
Bus 0 is an internal virtual bus within the root complex. A switch forwards packets in a manner similar to PCI bridges using memory. Each bridge implements configuration header 1 registers. An example of the bus numbering is shown in Figure on page These registers are used by the switch to aid in packet routing and forwarding. It consists of differential transmitters and receivers. An Ingress Port is a port that receives a packet. These bridges are internally connected via a non-defined bus.
A root complex port s is a downstream port. All other ports pointing away from the root complex are downstream ports. The configuration header contains memory and IO base and limit address registers as well as primary bus number. Switches must forward all types of transactions from any ingress port to any egress port. The internal bus within a switch that connects all the virtual bridges together is also numbered. Multi-Function Endpoints. Like PCI devices. The first Link associated with the root complex is number bus 1.
PCI Express devices may support up to 8 functions per endpoint with at least one function number 0. In this solution. One of these Links connects to a graphics controller. Remember that the specification does not require the root complex to support peer-to-peer packet routing between the multiple Links associated with the root complex.
As of the writing of this book April no real life PCI Express chipset architecture designs were publicly disclosed. Some of these Links can connect directly to devices on the motherboard and some can be routed to connectors where peripheral cards are installed. This design does not require the use of switches if the number of PCI Express devices to be connected does not exceed the number of Links available in this design.
In this design. It is yet to be determined if the first generation PCI Express chipsets. PCI Express packets can be routed from any device to any other device because switch support peer-to-peer packet routing Only multi-port root complex devices are not required to support peer-to-peer functionality.
Multi-port switches are a necessary design feature to accomplish this. Cable specification. Backplane specification. Server IO Module specification.
The key features of a PCI Express system were described. It compared and contrasted features and performance points of PCI. The chapter in addition described some examples of PCI Express system topologies.
Packet types employed in accomplishing data transfers are described without getting into packet content details. It describes the layered approach to PCI Express device design while describing the function of each device layer. IO address. Packets are routed based on a memory address. Non-Posted write transactions contain data in the write request TLP.
Posted transactions are optimized for best performance in completing the transaction at the expense of the requester not having knowledge of successful reception of the request by the completer. At a later time. Communication involves the transmission and reception of packets called Transaction Layer packets TLPs. Non-posted transactions are handled as split transactions similar to the PCI-X split transaction model described on page 37 in Chapter 1.
PCI Express transactions can be grouped into four categories: An endpoint can communicate with another endpoint. Transactions are defined as a series of one or more packet transmissions required to complete an information transfer between a requester and a completer. Posted transactions may or may not contain data in the request TLP. An endpoint can communicate with a root complex.
Table is a more detailed list of transactions. For Posted transactions. A root complex can communicate with an endpoint. These transactions can be categorized into non-posted transactions and posted transactions. These packets are used in the transactions referenced in Table To complete this transfer.
Our goal in this section is to describe how these packets are used to complete transactions at a system level and not to describe the packet routing through the PCI Express fabric nor to describe packet contents in any detail.
CfgRd1 TLPs. IO read request IORd. The completion packet contains routing information necessary to route the packet back to the requester. Requesters uses a tag field in the completion to associate it with a request TLP of the same tag value it transmitted earlier. When the completer receives the packet and decodes its contents. The packet makes its way to a targeted completer.
Non-Posted Read Transaction for Locked Requests Figure on page 60 shows packets transmitted by a requester and completer to complete a non-posted locked read transaction. Endpoints are not allowed to initiate locked requests.
If a completer is unable to obtain requested data as a result of an error. The requester determines how to handle the error at the software layer. The requester can only be a root complex which initiates a locked request on the behalf of the CPU. Use of a tag in the request and completion TLPs allows a requester to manage multiple outstanding transactions. The completer can be a root complex. This completion packet travels through the same path and hierarchy of switches as the request packet.
The completer can return up to 4 KBytes of data per CplD packet. If the completer is unable to obtain the requested data as a result of an error. Memory write request and message requests are posted requests. Non-Posted Write Transactions Figure on page 61 shows the packets transmitted by a requester and completer to complete a non-posted write transaction. The requester who receives the error notification via the CplLk TLP must assume that atomicity of the lock is no longer guaranteed and thus determine how to handle the error at the software layer.
The completion is sent back to the root complex requester via the path and hierarchy of switches as the original request. The entire path from root complex to the endpoint for TCs that map to VC0 is locked including the ingress and egress port of switches in the pathway.
The path from requester to completer remains locked until the requester at a later time transmits an unlock message to the completer. The CplDLk packet contains routing information necessary to route the packet back to the requester.
Requesters may be a root complex or endpoint device though not for configuration write requests. CfgWr1 TLPs. The completer can only be a legacy endpoint. The completer creates a single completion packet without data Cpl to confirm reception of the write request. This completion packet will propagate through the same hierarchy of switches that the request packet went through before making its way back to the requester.
If the completer is unable to successfully write the data in the request to the final destination or if the write request packet reaches the completer in error. This implies that the completer returns no completion notification to inform the requester that the memory write request packet has reached its destination successfully.
The requester gets confirmation notification that the write request did make its way successfully to the completer. This is the purpose of the completion. The packet makes its way to a completer. No time is wasted in returning a completion. The requester who receives the error notification via the Cpl TLP determines how to handle the error at the software layer.
Some message requests propagate from requester to completer. There are two categories of message request TLPs. Error handling software manages the error. Posted Message Transactions Message requests are also posted transactions as pictured in Figure on page If the write request is received by the completer in error. The completer could log an error and generate an error message notification to the root complex.
Posted Message Transaction Protocol Page Transaction over. Message request routing is covered in Chapter 3. Msg and MsgD. The completer accepts the specified amount of data within the packet. Message packets may be routed to completer s based on the message's address. The root complex transmits an MRd packet which contains amongst other fields. The switch internally forwards the MRd packet from the upstream ingress port to the correct downstream port the left port in this example.
TLP type. Assume the MRd packets is forwarded to the right-hand port so that the completer endpoint receives the MRd packet. Targeting an Endpoint Figure shows an example of packet routing associated with completing a memory read transaction. The examples consist of a memory read. Some Examples of Transactions This section describes a few transaction examples showing packets transmitted between requester and completer to accomplish a transaction. The switch logically appears like a 3 virtual bridge device connected by an internal bus.
Switch B decodes the address in a similar manner. Switch A which is a 3 port switch receives the packet on its upstream port. IO write. Message request support eliminates the need for side-band signals in a PCI Express system. They are used for PCI style legacy interrupt signaling. The root complex on the behalf of the CPU initiates a non-posted memory read from the completer endpoint shown.
The logical bridges within the switch contain memory and IO base and limit address registers within their configuration space similar to PCI bridges. The MRd packet is forwarded to switch B. The packet is forwarded to Switch A which decodes the address in the packet and forwards the packet to the root complex completer.
The CplD packet moves to Switch A which forwards the packet to the root complex. The logical bridges within Switch B compares the bus number field of the requester ID in the CplD packet with the secondary and subordinate bus number configuration registers.
The CplD packet is forwarded to the appropriate port in this case the upstream port. Targeting System Memory In a similar manner. Memory Read Originated by Endpoint. The root complex checks the completion status hopefully "successful completion" and accepts the data. The requester ID is used to route the completion packet back to the root complex.
This packet contains amongst other fields in the header. This data is returned to the CPU in response to its pending memory read transaction. Targeting Legacy Endpoint Page The completion is routed using bus number. IO requests are routed by switches in a similar manner to memory requests. It uses its own requester ID in the packet header. The write contains a target IO address and up to 4 Bytes of data. The request TLP is routed using an address.
The completer endpoint returns a completion without data Cpl and completion status of 'successful completion' to confirm the reception of good data from the requester. Multi-port root complex devices are not required to support port-to-port packet routing. This packet is routed through switch A and B. A requester endpoint can also communicate with another peer completer endpoint.
The bus number portion of the requester ID in the completion TLP is used to route the packet through the switches to the endpoint. For example an endpoint attached to switch B can talk to an endpoint connected to switch C.
Targeting an Endpoint IO requests can only be initiated by a root complex or a legacy endpoint. In which case. IO transactions are intended for legacy support. Switches route IO request packets by comparing the IO address in the packet with the IO base and limit address range registers in the virtual bridge configuration space associated with a switch Figure on page 68 shows routing of packets associated with an IO write transaction.
The requester root complex can write up to 4 KBytes of data with one MWr packet. The MWr packet is routed through the PCI Express fabric of switches in the same manner as described for memory read requests. This implies that the completer does not return a completion. Figure on page 69 shows a memory write transaction originated by the CPU. Targeting Endpoint Page The packet reaches the endpoint and the transaction is complete. PCI Express Device Layers The goal of this section is to describe the function of each layer and to describe the flow of events to accomplish a data transfer.
Transmit Portion of Device Layers Consider the transmit portion of a device. The layers consist of a Transaction Layer. The Data Link Layer concatenates to the packet additional information required for error checking at a receiver device. The packet is transmitted using the available Lanes of Page The packet is stored in buffers ready for transmission to the lower layers.
The layers can be further divided vertically into two. Packet contents are formed in the Transaction Layer with information obtained from the device core and application. Packet creation at a transmitting device and packet reception and decoding at a receiving device are also explained. The packet is then encoded in the Physical layer and transmitted differentially on the Link by the analog portion of this Layer.
The Data Link Layer checks for errors in the incoming packet and if there are no errors forwards the packet up to the Transaction Layer.
These packets are introduced next. The Transaction Layer buffers the incoming TLPs and converts the information in the packet to a representation that can be processed by the device core and application. Device Layers and their Associated Packets Three categories of packets are defined. This process is represented in Figure on page TLP Assembly Page Receive Portion of Device Layers The receiver device decodes the incoming packet contents in the Physical Layer and forwards the resulting contents to the upper layers.
At the other end of the Link where a neighbor receives the TLP. Some TLPs do not contain a data section. TLP Disassembly Page Switches are allowed to check for ECRC errors and even report the errors it finds and error. Assume there are no LCRC errors. If the receiving device is a switch. The packet is encoded and differentially transmitted on the Link using the available number of Lanes. The resultant TLP is forwarded to the Physical Layer which concatenates a Start and End framing character of 1 byte each to the packet.
The ECRC field is stripped. These packets are smaller in size compared to TLPs. The resultant packet is sent to the Data Link Layer. DLLPs do not contain routing information. The received bit stream is decoded and the Start and End frame fields are stripped as depicted in Figure They are not routed through the fabric and do not propagate through a switch. The specification refers to this packet as the Ordered-Set.
The PLP is a very simple packet that starts with a 1 byte COM character followed by 3 or more other characters that define the PLP type as well as contain other information. PLPs do not contain any routing information. The PLP is a multiple of 4 bytes in size. To design a PCI Express endpoint.
USB controller. PLPs are used to place a Link into the electrical idle low power state or to wake up a link from this low power state. Transaction Layer. Another PLP is used for clock tolerance compensation. SCSI controller. Data Link Layer and Physical Layer. This block diagram is used to explain key functions of each layer and explain the function of each layer as it relates to generation of outbound traffic and response to inbound traffic.
The flow control protocol associated with these virtual channel buffers ensures that a remote transmitter does not transmit too many TLPs and cause the receiver virtual channel buffers to overflow.
This information includes: Message packets contain a message. For message transactions the address used for routing is the destination device's ID consisting of Bus Number. Device Number and Function Page This information is sent via the Transmit interface to the Transaction Layer of the device. It is a bit address for IO requests.
For configuration transactions the address is an ID consisting of Bus Number. It is this layer that supports the Quality of Service QoS protocol.
The Transaction Layer supports the split transaction protocol for non-posted transactions. The address is a bit memory address or an extended bit address for memory requests. For completion TLPs. The TLP types are defined in Table on page The Transaction Layer supports 4 address spaces: Transmit Side The Transaction Layer receives information from the Device Core and generates outbound request and completion TLPs which it stores in virtual channel buffers.
Example of information transmitted to the Transaction Layer includes: The major components of a TLP are: Device Number and Function Number plus a configuration register address of the targeted register. Link training process is described in Chapter Refer to Figure on page 82 for an overview of the flow control process.
The tag field in the request is memorized by the completer and the same tag is used in the completion. Request packets contain a requester ID bus.
The transfer size or length field indicates the amount of data to transfer calculated in doublewords DWs. It is generated based on the entire TLP from first byte of header to last byte of data payload with the exception of the EP bit. If the transmitter device does not observe this protocol. Read request TLPs do not include a data payload field. The default buffers are enabled automatically after Link training. For a read request TLP. Flow Control The Transaction Layer ensures that it does not transmit a TLP over the Link to a remote receiver device unless the receiver device has virtual channel buffer space to accept TLPs of a given traffic class.
Configuration transactions use the default virtual channel buffers and can begin immediately after the Link training process. The transmitter keeps track of this information and will only transmit TLPs out of its Transaction Layer if it knows that the remote receiver has buffer space to accept the transmitted TLP. Byte enables specify byte level address resolution. The protocol for guaranteeing this mechanism is referred to as the "flow control" protocol.
If there are no errors. The data transfer length can be between 1 to DWs. Software is only involved to enable additional buffers beyond the default set of virtual channel buffers referred to as VC 0 buffers.
Flow Control Process Page The TLP never changes as it traverses the fabric with the exception of perhaps the two bits mentioned in the earlier sentence. The receiver device checks for an ECRC error that may occur as the packet moves through the fabric.
Write request TLPs include data payload in the amount indicated by the length field of the header. This data is returned in one or more completion packets. Message requests could also be broadcast or routed implicitly by targeting the root complex or an upstream port. The FCx DLLPs contain flow control credit information that updates the transmitter regarding how much buffer space is available in the receiver virtual channel buffer. These two bits are always considered to be a 1 for the ECRC calculation.
Flow control is automatically managed at the hardware level and is transparent to software. The camera data is time critical isochronous data which must reach memory with guaranteed bandwidth otherwise the displayed image will appear choppy or unclear. The SCSI data is not as time sensitive and only needs to get to system memory correctly without errors. It is clear that the video data packet should have higher priority when routed through the PCI Express fabric.
QoS refers to the capability of routing packets from different applications through the fabric with differentiated priorities and deterministic latencies and bandwidth.
Assume VC7 buffer contents are configured with higher priority than VC0. Associated with each implemented VC ID. Consider the example illustrated in Figure on page Local application software and system software based on performance requirements decides what TC label a TLP uses.
VCs are physical buffers that provide a means to support multiple independent logical data flows over the physical Link via the use of transmit and receiver virtual channel buffers. The other optional TCs may be used to provide differentiated service through the fabric.
The switch uses a priority based arbitration mechanism to determine which of the two incoming packets to forward with greater priority to a common egress port.
Devices must implement VC0. This configurable arbitration mechanism between ports supported by switches is referred to as Port arbitration. VC buffers have configurable priorities. TLPs with TC[2: Whenever two incoming packets are to be forwarded to one upstream port. Thus traffic flowing through the system in different VC buffers will observe differentiated performances. This guarantees greater bandwidth and reduced latency for video data compared to SCSI data. TLP traffic with TC[7: The arbitration logic arbitrates between the two VC buffers.
Switches implement two types of arbitration for each egress port: Port Arbitration and VC Arbitration. Packets of different TCs are routed through the fabric of switches with different priority based on arbitration policy implemented in switches. TLPs will flow with equal priority. Assume VC1 buffer is configured with higher priority than VC0 buffer. Within each TC group however. In this example. Packets coming in from ingress ports heading towards a particular egress port compete for use of that egress port.
Consider Figure on page VC arbitration takes place after port arbitration. For a given egress port. The port arbiter implements round-robin. Power management software associated with the OS power manages a device's power states though power management configuration registers.
The registers are configured during initialization and bus enumeration. Hardware within the Transaction Layer autonomously power manages a device to minimize power during full-on power states. Power management is described in Chapter Chapter 8. This automatic power management is referred to as Active State Power Management and does not involve software. VC arbitration policies supported include. They only support VC arbitration in the Transaction Layer. Traffic associated with different TC labels have no ordering relationship.
Configuration Registers A device's configuration registers are associated with the Transaction Layer. Transaction ordering rules guarantee that TLP traffic associated with a given traffic class is routed through the fabric in the correct order to prevent potential deadlock or live-lock conditions from occurring. Independent of arbitration. Endpoint devices and a root complex with only one port do not support port arbitration.
Configuration registers are described in Part 6 of the book. With error checking and automatic replay of packets received in error. The transmitter device automatically replays the TLP. The primary function of the Data Link Layer is to ensure data integrity during packet transmission and reception on each Link. This makes PCI Express ideal for low error rate.
PCI Express ensures very high probability that a TLP transmitted by one device will make its way to the final destination with no errors. This time hopefully no error occurs. If sufficient credits exist. If a CRC error is detected.
An error has occurred during TLP transmission. For a given TLP in the replay buffer. These include: If a NAK is received. If no error is detected. The Data Link Layer generates error indications for error reporting and logging mechanisms. The TLP is eliminated. The resultant TLP is shown in Figure on page Assume no End-to-End error.
Figure on page 91 shows the activity on the Link to complete this transaction: Step 1a. Step 3b. Requester accepts data. Microcontroller based applied digital control I was thinking about adding a second GPU; the two lane PCIe slots on my motherboard are next to each other and I would really like to space the GPUs further apart for better heat dissipation.
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