PCI-SCI protocol translations: Applying microprogramming concepts to FPGAs

  • Georg Acher
  • Wolfgang Karl
  • Markus Leberecht
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Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 1482)

Abstract

The SMiLE project at LRR-TUM adopts and implements the Scalable Coherent Interface (SCI) interconnection technology to couple Pentium-II based PCs into a compute cluster with distributed shared memory. A custom PCI-SCI adapter has been developed for bridging the PC's PCI local bus with the SCI network. Such a PCI-SCI adapter intended for connecting PCI-based PCs via SCI involves complex protocol processing. In the paper we describe the rationale and implementation issues of our custom PCI-SCI adapter design. In particular, we demonstrate how traditional microprogramming techniques can be applied for a structured and simplified FPGA design.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Georg Acher
    • 1
  • Wolfgang Karl
    • 1
  • Markus Leberecht
    • 1
  1. 1.Lehr- und Forschungseinheit Informatik X Rechnertechnik und Rechnerorganisation/Parallelrechnerarchitektur (LRR-TUM)Institut für Informatik der Technischen UniversitÄt MünchenMünchenGermany

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