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Product Brief
Document Number: P3041PB
Rev. 0, 11/2011
P3041 QorIQ
Communications Processor
Product Brief
This product brief provides an overview of the P3041
QorIQ communications processor features as well as
application use cases.
The P3041 combines four Power Architecture®
processor cores with high-performance datapath
acceleration logic and network and peripheral bus
interfaces required for networking, telecom/datacom,
wireless infrastructure, and mil/aerospace applications.
The P3041 is a very flexible device that can be
configured to meet many system application needs. For
example, it can be used for combined control, datapath,
and application layer processing in routers, switches,
base station controllers, and general-purpose embedded
computing systems. Its high level of integration offers
significant performance benefits compared to multiple
discrete devices, while also greatly simplifying board
design.
© 2011 Freescale Semiconductor, Inc. All rights reserved.
Contents
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P3041 Application Use Cases. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
P3041 Multicore Processing Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
P3041 Features. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Developer Environment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
Document Revision History . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
P3041 Application Use Cases
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P3041 Application Use Cases
1.1
Integrated Access Router (IAD)
Dual SATA ports provide high-speed, low-cost storage options for statistics or large databases. Compared
to SGMII, 2.5-Gb/s Ethernet enables the next step in performance connectivity to switches.
GE
GE
Front panel access
Out-of-band control path
SATA
USB
Flash code upgrade
P3041
PCIe
PCIe peripherals
Front Panel
PCIe
2.5 Gb/s SGMII,
XAUI, PCIe
Backplane
PCIe
PCI Switch
24x GE
GE Switch
Data path
Figure 1. P3041 Integrated Access Router Interface
1.2
Base Station Network Interface Card (NIC)
Dual Serial RapidIO ports (up to 5 GHz) can be used for redundancy or multiple connections, both to the
backplane or to the DSP farm. With improved Type 11 messaging and new support for Type 9 data
streaming, the Serial RapidIO interconnect can now be used not only as a control plane interface, but can
also achieve its intended potential as a highly-efficient, data path.
DSP
DSP
P3041
GE
Maintenance
SRIO Switch
RF components to
cellular user equipment
DSP
(MSC8156)
SGMII,
2.5 Gb/s SGMII,
XAUI
Backhaul to access gateway
Figure 2. P3041 LTE Wireless Base Station Interface
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P3041 Multicore Processing Options
The four P3041 cores can run either on an OS or run OS-less using a simple scheduler.
2.1
Running on an OS
There are different multi-processing options with the P3041 cores running on an OS:
• Four-core, asymmetric
— Four copies of the same uni-processor operating system
or
— Up to four different uni-processor operating systems
• Four-core, symmetric
• Mixed symmetric and asymmetric For example, N cores running in SMP mode, while the
remainder of the cores operate asymmetrically with up to 4–N different OSes
2.2
Running OS-Less Using a Simple Scheduler
Running one or more cores OS-less using a simple scheduler is a likely use case when cores are performing
datapath operations with bounded real-time requirements. This use case is greatly enhanced by the
provisioning of a 128-Kbyte private back-side CoreNet platform cache (CPC) for each e500mc core.
These caches can operate as a traditional unified cache, or be set to operate as Instruction Only, Data Only,
or even locked and used as memory-mapped SRAM.
CPU cores operating asymmetrically can be run at asynchronous clock rates. Each processor can source
its input clock from one of the multiple PLLs inside the P3041. This allows each core to operate at the
minimum frequency required to perform its assigned function, saving power. The cores are also capable
of running at half and quarter ratios of their input PLL frequency, and can switch between PLLs and ratios
nearly instantaneously. This allows lightly utilized CPUs to be slowed (under software control) for power
savings, rather than performing more complex task migration operations.
2.3
DPAA Multicore Processing Use Cases
Figure 3 shows several multicore processing use cases and the potential interaction with the Data Path
Acceleration Architecture (DPAA).
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P3041 Multicore Processing Options
A
SMP
All CPUs are running a single operating system, with any specialization of CPU
function occurring through OS techniques such as Task Affinity. The I/Os and
acceleration hardware are under the control of the SMP OS. Typically all CPUs
operate at the same frequency.
DPAA
B
SMP
Some number of the cores are operated as an SMP cluster, most likely running
high complexity control plane operations. The control plane configures and
manages the remaining processors, which are running individual copies of an
RTOS or scheduler to perform dataplane operations. In this use case, the SMP
CPUs typically operate at the same frequency, the remaining CPUs can run at a
different frequency from the SMP CPUs, and even from each other.
DPAA
C
CTL
A single CPU is used as the control processor, configuring and managing the
other three processors, which are running individual copies of an RTOS or
scheduler, as in B. CPU operating frequencies are an independent parameter.
DPAA
D
All CPUs are used for datapath operations, here shown as two sets of pipelined
functions, each interacting independently with the I/Os and accelerators.
Operating frequencies for each CPU in the pipeline can be set independently, and
the provision of a 128-Kbyte back-side L2 provides significant flexibility in
partitioning and rebalancing the pipeline as processing requirements change.
DPAA
Figure 3. CPU Usage Use Cases
Figure 4 shows an additional use case, which involves the use of one of the CPUs as an I/O processor. The
DPAA can greatly simplify and accelerate processing for packets entering the system by means of the
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Ethernet interfaces. For systems requiring external ASICs or legacy network interface cards in the
high-performance datapath, system developers can allocate a CPU to help interwork between the native
data buffers used by PCI Express- or Serial RapidIO-based network interfaces and the data buffers used
by the datapath acceleration hardware.
E
CTL
PCIe/
sRIO
ASIC
or
NIC
DPAA
Figure 4. IO Processor Managing PCIe/Serial RapidIO-Based Network Interfaces
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P3041 Features
3.1
Block Diagram
Figure 5 shows the major functional units within the P3041.
Power Architecture®
P3041
e500mc Core
128-Kbyte
32-Kbyte
Backside
Cache 32-KbyteI-Cache
32-Kbyte
D-Cache I-Cache
1024-Kbyte
Frontside CoreNet
Platform Cache
64-bit DDR3/3L
Memory Controller
eOpenPIC
PreBoot
Loader
CoreNet™
Coherency Fabric
Security
Monitor
PAMU
PAMU
Peripheral
PAMU Access Mgmt Unit
PAMU
Internal
BootROM
Power Mgmt
2x DUART
2
4x I C
2x
USB 2.0 PHY
Test
Port/
SAP
SATA 2.0
eLBC
eSPI
Real Time Debug
Frame Manager
Security 4.2
eSDHC
Queue
Mgr
Pattern Match
Engine 2.1
RapidIO Msg
Mgr (RMan)
Parse, Classify,
Distribute
DMA
DMA
Watchpoint
Cross
Trigger
Buffer
Buffer
Mgr
Clocks/Reset
10GE 1GE 1GE
PCIe PCIe
PCIe
PCIe
1GE 1GE 1GE
sRIO
x2
Perf CoreNet
Monitor Trace
Aurora
GPIO
18-lane 5-GHz SerDes
CCSR
Figure 5. P3041 Preliminary Block Diagram
3.2
P3041 Features Summary
The P3041 SoC includes the following functions and features:
• Four e500mc cores built on Power Architecture technology, each with a private 128-Kbyte
backside cache
— Three levels of instructions:
– User
– Supervisor
– Hypervisor
— Independent boot and reset
— Secure boot capability
• 1-Mbyte shared CoreNet platform cache (CPC)
• Hierarchical interconnect fabric
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•
•
•
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3.3
— CoreNet fabric supporting coherent and non-coherent transactions with prioritization and
bandwidth allocation amongst CoreNet end-points
— Queue manager fabric supporting packet-level queue management and quality of service
scheduling
One 64-bit DDR3/3L SDRAM memory controller with ECC and chip-select interleaving support
Data Path Acceleration Architecture (DPAA) incorporating acceleration for the following
functions:
— Frame management for packet parsing, classification, and distribution
— Queue management for scheduling, packet sequencing, and congestion management
— Hardware buffer management for buffer allocation and de-allocation
— Encryption/decryption (SEC 4.2)
— RegEx pattern matching (PME 2.1)
— RapidIO™ messaging manager (RMan)
Ethernet interfaces
— One 10 Gbps Ethernet (XAUI) controller
— Five 1 Gbps or four 2.5 Gbps Ethernet controllers
High speed peripheral interfaces
— Four PCI Express 2.0 controllers/ports running at up to 5 GHz
— Two Serial RapidIO® controllers/ports (version 1.3 with features of 2.1) running at up to
5 GHz
– RapidIO message manager (RMan) with Type 5–6 and Type 8–11 support
— Dual SATA 2.0 interfaces
Additional peripheral interfaces
— Two USB 2.0 controllers with integrated PHY
— SD/MMC controller (eSDHC)
— Enhanced SPI controller
— Four I2C controllers
— Dual DUARTs
— Dual SATA supporting 1.5 and 3.0 Gb/s operation
18 SerDes lanes to 5 GHz
Enhanced local bus controller (eLBC)
Multicore programmable interrupt controller (MPIC)
Two 4-channel DMA engines
P3041 Benefits
The P3041’s e500mc cores can be combined as a fully-symmetric, multi-processing, system-on-a-chip, or
they can be operated with varying degrees of independence to perform asymmetric multi-processing. Full
processor independence, including the ability to independently boot and reset each e500mc core, is a
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defining characteristic of the P3041. The ability of the cores to run different operating systems, or run
OS-less, provides the user with significant flexibility in partitioning between control, datapath, and
applications processing. It also simplifies consolidation of functions previously spread across multiple
discrete processors onto a single device.
3.4
Data Path Acceleration Architecture (DPAA) Benefits
While the four Power Architecture cores offer a major leap in available processor performance in many
throughput-intensive, packet-processing networking applications, raw processing power is not enough to
achieve multi-Gbps data rates. To address this, the P3041 uses Freescale’s Data Path Acceleration
Architecture (DPAA) (see Section 3.11, “Data Path Acceleration Architecture (DPAA)”), which
significantly reduces data plane instructions per packet, enabling more CPU cycles to work on value-added
services rather than repetitive low-level tasks. Combined with specialized accelerators for cryptography
and pattern matching, the P3041 allows the user’s software to perform complex packet processing at high
data rates.
3.5
P3041 Critical Performance Parameters
Table 1 lists key performance indicators that define a set of values used to measure P3041 operation.
Table 1. P3041 Critical Performance Parameters
Indicator
Values(s)
Top speed bin e500mc 1.5 GHz
core frequency
Maximum memory data 1.3 GHz (DDR3/3L)1
rates
• 1.5-V for DDR3
• 1.35-V for DDR3L
Local bus
Operating junction
temperature range
Package
• 3.3 V
• 2.5 V
• 1.8 V
0–105 C with the option for –40 to 105 C
• 1295-pin FC-PBGA (flip-chip plastic ball grid array)
• Pin-compatible with P4040, P4080, P5010, and P5020
Notes:
1 Conforms to JEDEC standard
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3.6
e500mc Core and Cache Memory Complex
The P3041 offers four high-performance, 32-bite500mc cores based on the Power Architecture® from
Power ISA 2.06. Like previous e500 cores, each e500mc is a superscalar dual issue processor, supporting
out-of-order execution and in-order completion.
3.6.1
e500mc Features Summary
Key features of the e500mc include the following:
• Up to 1.5 GHz core clock speed
• 36 bit physical addressing
• 64 TLB SuperPages
• 512-entry, 4-Kbyte pages front-end
• 128-Kbyte backside L2 cache supporting ECC single-bit error correction
• 3 Integer units
— Two simple
— One complex (integer multiply and divide)
• 64-byte cache line
• L1 caches, running at same frequency as CPU
— 32-Kbyte Instruction, 8 way
— 32-Kbyte Data, 8 way
— Both with data and tag parity protection
• Supports Data Path Acceleration Architecture (DPAA) data and context “stashing” into frontside
cache
• User, Supervisor, and Hypervisor instruction level privileges
• New processor facilities
— Hardware support for efficient partitioning and virtualization
— Double-precision floating-point unit
– Complies with IEEE Std. 754™
– Binary-compatible with e300 and e600
– Supports 32 64-bit floating point registers for scalar single- and double-precision
floating-point arithmetic. Decorated storage facility to provide additional atomic operations
of up to two 64-bit quantities by a single access including a “fire and forget” APU for
improved statistics support
— Expanded interrupt model
– Improved programmable interrupt controller (PIC) automatically ACKs interrupts
– Implements message send and receive functions for interprocessor communication,
including receive filtering
— External PID load and store facility
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– Provides system software with an efficient means to move data and perform cache
operations between two disjoint address spaces
– Eliminates the need to copy data from a source context into a kernel context, change to
destination address space, then copy the data to the destination address space or alternatively
to map the user space into the kernel address space
3.6.2
e500mc 128-Kbyte Private Backside Cache
Each e500mc core features a 128-Kbyte private backside cache running at the same frequency of the CPU,
which supports the following:
• Write-back, pseudo LRU replacement algorithm
• Tag parity and ECC data protection
• 8-way, with arbitrary partitioning between instruction and data. For example, 3-ways instruction,
5-ways data, and so on
• Supports direct stashing of Data Path Acceleration Architecture (DPAA) data into cache
3.6.3
CoreNet Platform Cache (CPC)
The P3041 contains 1-Mbyte of shared CoreNet platform cache (CPC). The key features of the CPC
include the following:
• Configurable as write-back or write-through
•
•
•
•
•
3.7
Pseudo LRU replacement algorithm
ECC protection
64-byte coherency granule
1 cache line read 64 bytes per cycle at 750 MHz, 0.4 terabits/sec read bandwidth
32-way cache array configurable to any of several modes on a per-way basis.
— Unified cache, I-only, D-only
— I/O stash (configurable portion of each packet copied to CPC on write to main memory)
– stashing of all transactions and sizes supported
– explicit (CoreNet signalled) and implicit (address range based) stash allocation
— Addressable SRAM (32-Kbyte granularity)
CoreNet Fabric and Address Map
The CoreNet fabric is Freescale’s next generation Front-side Interconnect Standard for multicore products,
and provides the following:
• A highly concurrent, fully cache coherent, multi-ported fabric
• Point-to-point connectivity with flexible protocol architecture allows for pipelined interconnection
between CPUs, platform caches, memory controllers, and I/O and accelerators at up to 750 MHz
• The CoreNet fabric has been designed to overcome bottlenecks associated with shared bus
architectures, particularly address issue and data bandwidth limitations. The P3041’s multiple,
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parallel address paths allow for high address bandwidth, which is a key performance indicator for
large coherent multicore processors
Eliminates address retries, triggered by CPUs being unable to snoop within the narrow snooping
window of a shared bus. This results in the P3041 having lower average memory latency
The flexible P3041’s 36-bit, physical address map consists of local space and external address space. For
the local address map, 32 local access windows (LAWs) define mapping within the local 36-bit (64-Gbyte)
address space. Inbound and outbound translation windows can map the P3041 into a larger system address
space such as the RapidIO or PCIe 64-bit address environment. This functionality is included in the
address translation and mapping units (ATMUs).
3.8
Memory Complex
The P3041 memory complex consists of one DDR controller for main memory, and the memory
controllers associated with the Enhanced Local Bus Controller (eLBC).
3.8.1
DDR Memory Controller
The P3041 DDR memory controllers have the following functionalities:
• Supports DDR3/3L SDRAM. The P3041 also supports chip-select interleaving within a controller.
• The P3041 can be configured to retain the currently active SDRAM page for pipelined burst
accesses. Page mode support of up to 32 simultaneously open pages can dramatically reduce access
latencies for page hits. Depending on the memory system design and timing parameters, page mode
can save up to 10 memory clock cycles for subsequent burst accesses that hit in an active page.
• Using ECC, the P3041 detects and corrects all single-bit errors and detects all double-bit errors and
all errors within a nibble.
• Upon detection of a loss of power signal from external logic, the DDR controllers can put
compliant DDR SDRAM DIMMs into self-refresh mode, allowing systems to implement
battery-backed main memory protection.
• Supports initialization bypass feature for use by system designers to prevent re-initialization of
main memory during system power-on after an abnormal shutdown
• Supports active zeroization of system memory upon detection of a user-defined security violation
3.8.2
PreBoot Loader (PBL) and Nonvolatile Memory Interfaces
The PreBoot Loader (PBL) is a new logic module that operates similarly to an I2C boot sequencer but on
behalf of a larger number of interfaces.
The PBL’s functions include the following:
• Simplifies boot operations, replacing pin strapping resistors with configuration data loaded from
nonvolatile memory
• Uses the configuration data to initialize other system logic and to copy data from low speed
memory interfaces (I2C, eLBC, SPI, and SD/MMC) into fully initialized DDR or the 1-Mbyte
front-side cache.
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Releases CPU 0 from reset, allowing the boot processes to begin from fast system memory.
The nonvolatile memory interfaces accessible by the PBL are as follows:
• The eLBC may be accessed by software running on the CPUs following boot; it is not dedicated to
the PBL. It also can be used for both volatile (SRAM) and nonvolatile memory as well as a control
and low-performance data port for external memory-mapped devices. See Section 3.8.2.1,
“Enhanced Local Bus Controllers (eLBC).”
• The serial memory controllers may be accessed by software running on the CPUs following boot;
they are not dedicated to the PBL. See Section 3.8.2.2, “Serial Memory Controllers.”
3.8.2.1
Enhanced Local Bus Controllers (eLBC)
The enhanced local bus controller (eLBC) port connects to a variety of external memories, DSPs, and
ASICs.
Key features of the eLBC include the following:
• Multiplexed 32-bit address and 32-bit data bus operating at up to 93 MHz
• Eight chip selects for eight external slaves
• Up to eight-beat burst transfers
• 8-, 16-, or 32-bit port sizes controlled by an internal memory controller
• Three protocol engines on a per-chip-select basis
• Parity support
• Default boot ROM chip select with configurable bus width (8-, 16-, or 32-bit)
• Support for parallel NAND and NOR flash
Three separate state machines share the same external pins and can be programmed separately to access
different types of devices. Some examples are as follows:
• The general-purpose chip-select machine (GPCM) controls accesses to asynchronous devices
using a simple handshake protocol.
• The user-programmable machine (UPM) can be programmed to interface to synchronous devices
or custom ASIC interfaces.
• The NAND flash control machine (FCM) further extends interface options.
• Each chip select can be configured so that the associated chip interface is controlled by the GPCM,
UPM, or FCM controller.
All controllers can be enabled simultaneously. The eLBC internally arbitrates among the controllers,
allowing each to read or write a limited amount of data before allowing another controller to use the bus.
3.8.2.2
Serial Memory Controllers
In addition to the parallel NAND and NOR flash supported by means of the eLBC, the P3041 supports
serial flash using SPI and SD/MMC card interfaces. The SD/MMC controller includes a DMA engine,
allowing it to move data from serial flash to external or internal memory following straightforward
initiation by software.
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3.9
Universal Serial Bus (USB) 2.0
The two USB 2.0 controllers with integrated PHY provide point-to-point connectivity complying with the
USB specification, Rev. 2.0. Each USB controller can be configured to operate as a stand-alone host, and
USB #2 can be configured as a stand-alone device, or with both host and device functions operating
simultaneously.
Key features of the USB 2.0 controller include the following:
• Complies with USB specification, Rev. 2.0
• Supports high-speed (480 Mbps), full-speed (12 Mbps), and low-speed (1.5 Mbps) operations
• Supports the required signaling for the USB transceiver macrocell interface (UTMI).The PHY
interfacing to the UTMI is an internal PHY.
• Both controllers support operation as a stand-alone USB host controller
— Support USB root hub with one downstream-facing port
— Enhanced host controller interface (EHCI)-compatible
• One controller supports operation as a stand-alone USB device
— Supports one upstream-facing port
— Supports six programmable USB endpoints
The host and device functions are both configured to support all four USB transfer types:
• Bulk
• Control
• Interrupt
• Isochronous
3.10
High-Speed Peripheral Interface Complex
All high-speed peripheral interfaces connect via 18 lanes of 5-GHz SerDes to a common crossbar switch
referred to as OCeaN. Two high-speed I/O interface standards are supported: PCI Express (PCIe), and
Serial RapidIO (sRIO). The P3041 integrates the following:
• Four PCIe controllers
• Two Serial RapidIO controllers
• RapidIO message manager (RMan).
3.10.1
PCI Express Controllers
Each of the four PCIe interfaces is compliant with the PCI Express Base Specification Revision 2.0. Key
features of the PCIe interface include the following:
• Power-on reset configuration options allow root complex or endpoint functionality.
• The physical layer operates at 2.5 or 5 Gbaud data rate per lane.
• Receive and transmit ports operate independently, with an aggregate theoretical bandwidth of 32
Gbps.
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x8, x4, x2, and x1 link widths supported
Both 32- and 64-bit addressing and 256-byte maximum payload size
Full 64-bit decode with 36-bit wide windows
Inbound INTx transactions
Message Signaled Interrupt (MSI) transactions
3.10.2
3.10.2.1
Serial RapidIO Interfaces
Serial RapidIO Interface
The Serial RapidIO interface is based on the RapidIO Interconnect Specification, Revision 1.3 with
features from 2.1. RapidIO is a high-performance, point-to-point, low-pin-count, packet-switched
system-level interconnect that can be used in a variety of applications as an open standard. The rich feature
set includes high data bandwidth, low-latency capability, and support for high-performance I/O devices as
well as message-passing and software-managed programming models. Receive and transmit ports operate
independently, and with 2 x 4 Serial RapidIO controllers, the aggregate theoretical bandwidth is 32 Gbps.
Key features of the Serial RapidIO interface unit include the following:
• Support for RapidIO Interconnect Specification, Revision 1.3 (all transaction flows and priorities)
• 1x, 2x, and 4x LP-serial link interfaces, with transmission rates of 2.5, 3.125, or 5.0 Gbaud (data
rates of 2.0, 2.5, or 4.0 Gbps) per lane.
• Auto-detection of 1x, 2x, or 4x mode operation during port initialization
• 34-bit addressing and up to 256-byte data payload
• Receiver-controlled flow control
• RapidIO error injection
• Internal LP-serial and application interface-level loopback modes
3.10.2.2
RapidIO Message Manager (RMan)
The key features of the RapidIO message manager (RMan) include the following:
• Manages two inbox/outbox mailboxes (queues) for data and one doorbell message structure
• Can multi-cast a single-segment 256-byte message to up to 32 different destination DevIDs
• Has four outbound segmentation units supporting RapidIO Type 5–6 and Type 8–11
3.10.3
Serial ATA (SATA) 2.0 Controllers
The key features of each of the two SATA include the following:
• Designed to comply with Serial ATA 2.6 Specification
• Supports host SATA I per spec Rev 1.0a
— OOB
— Port multipliers
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3.11
— ATAPI 6+
— Spread spectrum clocking on receive
Support for SATA II extensions
— Asynchronous notification
— Hot plug including asynchronous signal recovery
— Link power management
— Native command queuing
— Staggered spin-up and port multiplier support
Support for SATA I and II data rates (1.5 and 3.0 Gbaud)
Standard ATA master-only emulation
Includes ATA shadow registers
Implements SATA superset registers (SError, SControl, SStatus)
Interrupt driven
Power management support
Error handling and diagnostic features
— Far end/near end loopback
— Failed CRC error reporting
— Increased ALIGN insertion rates
— Scrambling and CONT override
Data Path Acceleration Architecture (DPAA)
The DPAA provides the infrastructure to support simplified sharing of networking interfaces and
accelerators by multiple CPU cores. These resources are abstracted into enqueue/dequeue operations by
means of a common DPAA Queue Manager (QMan) driver. Beyond enabling multicore resource sharing,
the DPAA significantly reduces software overheads associated with high-touch packet-forwarding
operations. Examples of the types of packet-processing services this architecture is optimized to support
are as follows:
• Traditional routing and bridging
• Firewall
• VPN termination for both IPsec and SSL VPNs
• Intrusion detection/prevention (IDS/IPS)
• Network anti-virus (AV)
The DPAA generally leaves software in control of protocol processing, while reducing CPU overheads
through off-load functions, which fall into two, broad categories:
• Section 3.11.1, “Packet Distribution and Queue/Congestion Management”
• Section 3.11.2, “Accelerating Content Processing”
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3.11.1
Packet Distribution and Queue/Congestion Management
Table 2 lists some packet distribution and queue/congestion management offload functions.
Table 2. P3041 Offload Functions
Function Type
Definition
Data buffer
management
Supports allocation and deallocation of buffers belonging to pools originally created by software with
configurable depletion thresholds. Implemented in a module called the Buffer Manager (BMan).
Queue
management
Supports queuing and quality-of-service scheduling of frames to CPUs, network interfaces and DPAA logic
blocks, maintains packet ordering within flows. Implemented in a module called the Queue Manager
(QMan). The QMan, besides providing flow-level queuing, is also responsible for congestion management
functions such as RED/WRED, congestion notifications and tail discards.
Packet distribution Supports in-line packet parsing and general classification to enable policing and QoS-based packet
distribution to the CPUs for further processing of the packets. This function is implemented in the block
called the Frame Manager (FMan).
Policing
3.11.2
Supports in-line rate-limiting by means of two-rate, three-color marking (RFC 2698). Up to 256 policing
profiles are supported. This function is also implemented in the FMan.
Accelerating Content Processing
Properly implemented acceleration logic can provide significant performance advantages over most
optimized software with acceleration factors on the order of 10–100x. Accelerators in this category
typically touch most of the bytes of a packet (not just headers). To avoid consuming CPU cycles in order
to move data to the accelerators, these engines include well-pipelined DMAs. Table 3 lists some specific
content-processing accelerators on the P3041.
Table 3. P3041 Content-Processing Accelerators
Interface
Definition
SEC 4.2
Crypto-acceleration for protocols such as IPsec, SSL, and 802.16
PME 2.1
Regex style pattern matching for unanchored searches, including cross-packet stateful patterns
Note: Prior versions of the SEC and PME are integrated into multiple members of the PowerQUICC and QorIQ family. Both of
these engines have been enhanced to work within the DPAA, and also upgraded in both features and performance.
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DPAA Terms and Definitions
Table 4. DPAA Terms and Definitions
Term
Definition
Buffer
Region of contiguous memory, allocated by software, managed by
the DPAA BMan
Frame
B
Set of buffers with common characteristics (mainly size, alignment,
access control)
B
Frame queue FIFO of frames
(FQ)
Work queue FIFO of FQs
(WQ)
FQ
=
F
F
WQ
=
FQ
FQ
FQ
FQ
•
•
•
=
7
3.11.4
B
Set of eight WQs with hardware provided prioritized access
Chan
Pool
channel
B
= ••
•
0
Dedicated
channel
B
Single buffer or list of buffers that hold data, for example, packet
payload, header, and other control information
F
Channel
B
...
Buffer pool
Graphic Representation
Channel statically assigned to a particular end point, from which
that end point can dequeue frames. End point may be a CPU,
FMan, PME, or SEC.
FQ
Priority
FQ
—
A channel statically assigned to a group of end points, from which
any of the end points may dequeue frames.
Major DPAA Components
The Data Path Acceleration Architecture (DPAA) includes the following major components:
• Section 3.11.4.1, “Frame Manager (FMan)
• Section 3.11.4.2, “Queue Manager (QMan)
• Section 3.11.4.3, “Buffer Manager (BMan)
• Section 3.10.2.2, “RapidIO Message Manager (RMan)
• Section 3.11.4.4, “Security Engine (SEC 4.2)
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Section 3.11.4.5, “Pattern Matching Engine (PME 2.1)
Frame Manager
QMan
Parse
and
Classify
DMA
BMan
BMan
Buffer
Buffer
SEC 4.2
PME 2.1
RMan
10GE
1GE
1GE
1GE
1GE
1GE
Figure 6. QorIQ Data Path Acceleration Architecture (DPAA)
3.11.4.1
Frame Manager (FMan)
The Frame Manager (FMan) combines the Ethernet network interfaces with packet distribution logic to
provide intelligent distribution and queuing decisions for incoming traffic at line rate (7.5 Mpps). This
integration allows the FMan to perform configurable parsing and classification of the incoming frame with
the purpose of selecting the appropriate input frame queue for expedited processing by a CPU or pool of
CPUs.
3.11.4.1.1
FMan Network Interfaces
The P3041 FMan integrates five datapath, tri-speed Ethernet controllers (dTSECs) and one 10-Gbit
Ethernet controller.
Note that the more basic parsing and filing capability found in prior PowerQUICC eTSECs is removed
from the MACs themselves, and aggregated in the more flexible and robust parsing and classification logic
described in Section 3.11.4.1.2, “FMan Parse Function.”
The Ethernet controllers support the following:
• Programmable CRC generation and checking
• RMON statistics
• Jumbo frames of up to 9.6 Kbytes
They are designed to comply with IEEE Std 802.3®, IEEE 802.3u, IEEE 802.3x, IEEE 802.3z,
IEEE 802.3ac, IEEE 802.3ab, and additionally the 1Gbps MACs support IEEE-1588 v2 (clock
synchronization over Ethernet).
The dTSECS are capable of full- and half-duplex Ethernet support (1000 Mbps supports only full duplex);
the 10-Gbit MAC is a single-speed full duplex. It supports IEEE 802.3 full-duplex flow control (automatic
PAUSE frame generation or software-programmed PAUSE frame generation and recognition).
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SerDes flexibility makes it possible to enable up to 14 Gbps full duplex of Ethernet traffic on the FMan,
however, the FMan can support line rate parsing and classification on an aggregate of 12 Gbps.
3.11.4.1.2
FMan Parse Function
The primary function of the packet parse logic is to identify the incoming frame for the purpose of
determining the desired treatment to apply. This parse function can parse many standard protocols,
including options and tunnels, and supports a generic configurable capability to allow proprietary or future
protocols to be parsed.
There are several types of parser headers, shown in Table 5.
Table 5. Parser Header Types
Header Type
Self-describing
Definition
Announced by proprietary values of Ethertype, protocol identifier, next header, and other standard fields.
They are self-describing in that the frame contains information that describes the presence of the
proprietary header.
Non-self-describing Does not contain any information that indicates the presence of the header.
For example, a frame that always contains a proprietary header before the Ethernet header would be
non-self-describing. Both self-describing and non-self-describing headers are supported by means of
parsing rules in the FMan.
Proprietary
Can be defined as being self-describing or non-self-describing
The underlying notion is that different frames may require different treatment, and only through detailed
parsing of the frame can proper treatment be determined.
Parse results can (optionally) be passed to software.
3.11.4.1.3
FMan Distribution and Policing
After parsing is complete, there are two options for treatment (see Table 6).
Table 6. Post-Parsing Treatment Options
Treatment
Hash
Function
Benefits
• Hashes selected fields in the frame as part of a spreading mechanism
Useful when spreading
• The result is a specific frame queue identifier.
traffic while obeying QoS
• To support added control, this FQID can be indexed by values found in the frame, constraints is required
such as TOS or p-bits, or any other desired field(s).
Classification • Looks up certain fields in the frame to determine subsequent action to take,
• Useful when hash
look-up
including policing
distribution is insufficient
• The FMan contains internal memory that holds small tables for this purpose.
and a more detailed
• The user configures the sets of lookups to perform, and the parse results dictate
examination of the frame
which one of those sets to use.
is required
• Lookups can be chained together such that a successful look-up can provide key • Can determine whether
information for a subsequent look-up. After all the look-ups are complete, the final
policing is required and
classification result provides either a hash key to use for spreading, or a FQ ID
the policing context to use
directly.
Key benefits of the FMan policing function are as follows:
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•
•
Because the FMan has up to 256 policing profiles, any frame queue or group of frame queues can
be policed to either drop or mark packets if the flow exceeds a preconfigured rate.
Policing and classification can be used in conjunction for mitigating Distributed Denial of Service
Attack (DDOS).
The policing is based on two-rate-three-color marking algorithm (RFC2698). The sustained and
peak rates as well as the burst sizes are user-configurable. Hence, the policing function can
rate-limit traffic to conform to the rate the flow is mapped to at flow set-up time. By prioritizing
and policing traffic prior to software processing, CPU cycles can be focused on the important and
urgent traffic ahead of other traffic.
3.11.4.2
Queue Manager (QMan)
The Queue Manager (QMan) is the main component in the DPAA that allows for simplified sharing of
network interfaces and hardware accelerators by multiple CPU cores. It also provides a simple and
consistent message and data passing mechanism for dividing processing tasks amongst multiple CPU
cores. The QMan features are as follows:
• Common interface between software and all hardware
— Controls the prioritized queuing of data between multiple processor cores, network interfaces,
and hardware accelerators
— Supports both dedicated and pool channels, allowing both push and pull models of multicore
load spreading
• Atomic access to common queues without software locking overhead
• Mechanisms to guarantee order preservation with atomicity and order restoration following
parallel processing on multiple CPUs
• Two-level queuing hierarchy with one or more Channels per Endpoint, eight work queues per
Channel, and numerous frame queues per work queue
• Priority and work conserving fair scheduling between the work queues and the frame queues
• Loss-less flow control for ingress network interfaces
• Congestion avoidance (RED/WRED) and congestion management with tail discard and up to 256
congestion groups with each group composed of a user-configured number of frame queues.
3.11.4.3
Buffer Manager (BMan)
The buffer manager (BMan) manages pools of buffers on behalf of software for both hardware
(accelerators and network interfaces) and software use. The BMan features are as follows:
• Common interface for software and hardware
• Guarantees atomic access to shared buffer pools
• Supports 32 buffer pools. Software and hardware buffer consumers can request both different size
buffers and buffers in different memory partitions.
• Supports depletion thresholds with congestion notifications
• On-chip per pool buffer stockpile to minimize access to memory for buffer pool management
• LIFO (last in first out) buffer allocation policy that optimizes cache usage and allocation
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3.11.4.4
Security Engine (SEC 4.2)
The SEC 4.2 is QorIQ’s fourth generation crypto-acceleration engine. In addition to off-loading
cryptographic algorithms, the SEC 4.2 offers header and trailer processing for several established security
protocols. The SEC 4.2 includes several Descriptor Controllers (DECOs), which are updated versions of
the previous SEC crypto-channels. DECOs are responsible for header and trailer processing, and
managing context and data flow into the CHAs assigned to it for the length of an operation.
The DECOs can perform header and trailer processing, as well as single pass encryption/integrity checking
for the following security protocols:
• IPsec
• SSL/TLS
• SRTP
• IEEE Std 802.1AE™ MACSec
• IEEE 802.16e WiMax MAC layer
• 3GPP RLC encryption/decryption
In prior versions of the SEC, the individual algorithm accelerators were referred to as Execution Units
(EUs). In the SEC 4.2, these are referred to as Crypto Hardware Accelerators (CHAs) to distinguish them
from prior implementations. Specific CHAs available to the DECOs are listed below.
• Advanced encryption standard unit (AESA)
• ARC four execution unit (AFHA)
• Cyclic redundancy check accelerator (CRCA)
• Data encryption standard execution unit (DESA)
• Kasumi execution unit (KFHA)
• SNOW 3 G hardware accelerator (STHA)
• Message digest execution unit (MDHA)
• Public key execution unit (PKHA)
• Random number generator (RNGB)
Depending on the security protocol and specific algorithms, the SEC 4.2’s aggregate symmetric
encryption/integrity performance is 5 Gbps, while asymmetric encryption (RSA public key) performance
is ~5,000 1024b RSA operations per second.
The SEC 4.2 is also part of the QorIQ Trust Architecture, which gives the P3041 the ability to perform
secure boot, runtime code integrity protection, and session key protection. The Trust Architecture is
described in Section 3.12, “Avoiding Resource Contentions Using the QorIQ Trust Architecture.”
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Queue Manager
Interface
On-Chip
System
Interface
Job Queue
Controller
RTIC
Descriptor
Controllers
CHAs
Figure 7. SEC 4.2 Block Diagram
3.11.4.5
Pattern Matching Engine (PME 2.1)
The PME is a self-contained hardware module capable of autonomously scanning data from streams for
patterns that match a specification in a database dedicated to it. The PME 2.1 is an updated version of the
PME used in previous members of the PowerQUICC family. Specific updates include the following:
• QMan interface supporting the DPAA Queue Interface Driver
• 2x increase in the number of patterns supported (16 Kbytes to 32 Kbytes)
• Increase in number of stateful rules supported (8 Kbytes to 16 Kbytes)
• Raw scanning performance is ~ 5 Gbps.
Patterns that can be recognized, or “matched,” by the PME are of two general forms:
• Byte patterns are simple matches such as “abcd123” existing in both the data being scanned and in
the pattern specification database.
• Event patterns are a sequence of multiple byte patterns. In the PME, event patterns are defined by
stateful rules.
3.11.4.5.1
PME Regular Expressions (Regex)
The PME specifies patterns of bytes as regular expressions (regex). The P3041 (by means of an online or
offline process) converts Regex patterns into the PME’s pattern specification database. Generally, there is
a one-to-one mapping between a regex and a PME byte pattern. The PME’s use of regex pattern matching
offers built-in case-insensitivity and wildcard support with no pattern explosion, while the PME’s
NFA-style architecture offers fast pattern database compilation and fast incremental updates. Up to 32,000
regex patterns are supported, each up to 128 bytes long. The 32,000 regex patterns can be combined by
means of stateful rules to detect a far larger set of event patterns. Comparative compilations against DFA
style regex engines have shown that 300,000 DFA pattern equivalents can be achieved with ~8000 PME
regexes with stateful rules.
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3.11.4.5.2
PME Match Detection
Within the PME, match detection proceeds in stages. The key element scanner performs initial byte pattern
matching, with handoff to the data examination engine for elimination of false positives through more
complex comparisons. As the name implies, the stateful rule engine receives confirmed basic matches
from the earlier stages, and monitors a stream for addition for subsequent matches that define an event
pattern.
Access to Pattern Descriptions and State
On-Chip
System
Interface
DMA
(Queue/
Buffer
Manager
Interfaces)
Key
Element
Scanning
Engine
(KES)
Data
Examination
Engine
(DXE)
Stateful
Rule
Engine
(SRE)
Hash
Tables
Results
Figure 8. PME 2.1 Block Diagram
3.12
Avoiding Resource Contentions Using
the QorIQ Trust Architecture
Consolidation of discrete CPUs into a single, multicore SoC and potential repartitioning of legacy software
on those cores introduces many opportunities for unintended resource contentions to arise, but the QorIQ
Trust Architecture can reduce the risk of these issues.
3.12.1
QorIQ Trust Architecture Benefits
A system may exhibit erratic behavior if the multiple CPUs do not effectively partition and share system
resources. While it can be challenging to prevent unintended resource contention, stopping malicious
software is much more difficult. Device consolidation combined with a trend toward embedded systems
becoming more open (or more likely to run third-party or open-source software on at least one of the cores)
creates opportunities for malicious code to enter a system.
The P3041 offers a new level of hardware partitioning support, allowing system developers to ensure
software running on any CPU only accesses the resources (memory, peripherals, etc.) that it is explicitly
authorized to access. This may not seem like a challenge in an SMP environment, because the OS performs
resource allocation for the applications running on it. However, it is a very difficult problem to overcome
in AMP environments where there may be multiple instances of the same OS, or even different OSes
running on the various CPU cores. Even OS protections in an SMP system may be insufficient in the
presence of malicious software.
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3.12.2
e500mc MMU and Embedded Hypervisor
The P3041’s first line of defense against unintended interactions amongst the multiple CPUs/OSes is each
e500mc core’s MMU, which are configured to determine which addresses in the global address map the
CPU is able to read or write. If a particular resource (such as a portion of memory or a peripheral device)
is dedicated to a single CPU, that CPU’s MMU is configured to allow access to those addresses (on
4-Kbyte granularity); other CPU MMUs are not configured for access to the other CPU’s private memory
range. When two CPUs need to share resources, both of their MMUs are configured to have access to the
shared address range.
This level of hardware support for partitioning is common today; however, it is not sufficient for many
core systems running diverse software. When the functions of multiple discrete CPUs are consolidated
onto a single multicore SoC, achieving strong partitioning shouldn’t require the developer to map
functions onto cores that are the exclusive owners of specific platform resources. The alternative, a fully
open system with no private resources, is also unacceptable. For this reason, the e500mc MMU also
includes embedded Hypervisor extensions.
Each e500mc MMU supports three levels of instructions:
• User
• Supervisor (OS)
• Hypervisor: An embedded Hypervisor micro-kernel (provided by Freescale as source code) runs
unobtrusively beneath the various OSes running on the CPUs, consuming CPU cycles only when
an access attempt is made to an embedded Hypervisor-managed shared resource.The embedded
Hypervisor determines whether the access should be allowed, and if so, proxies the access on
behalf of the original requestor. If malicious or poorly tested software on any core attempts to
overwrite important device configuration registers (including CPU MMUs), the embedded
Hypervisor blocks the write. Other examples of embedded Hypervisor managed resources are
high- and low-speed peripheral interfaces (PCIe, UART) if those resources are not dedicated to a
single CPU/partition.
3.12.3
Peripheral Access Management Unit (PAMU)
The P3041 includes a distributed function collectively referred to as the peripheral access management
unit (PAMU), which provides address translation and access control for all bus masters in the system
(PME, SEC, FMan, and so on). The PAMU access control can be one of the following:
• Absolute—The FMan, PME, SEC, and other bus masters can never access memory range XYZ.
• Conditional—Based on the Partition ID of the CPU that programmed the bus master
Being MMU-based, the embedded Hypervisor is only able to stop unauthorized software access attempts.
Internal components with bus mastering capability also need to be prevented from reading and writing to
specific memory regions. These devices do not spontaneously generate access attempts, but, if
programmed to do so by buggy or malicious software, any of them could overwrite sensitive configuration
registers and crash the system.
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3.12.4
Secure Boot and Sensitive Data Protection
The e500mc MMUs and PAMU allow the P3041 to enforce a consistent set of memory access permissions
on a per-partition basis. When combined with embedded Hypervisor for safe sharing of resources, the
P3041 becomes highly resilient when poorly tested or malicious code is run. For system developers
building high reliability/high security platforms, rigorous testing of code of known origin is the norm.
3.12.4.1
Secure Boot Option
The system developer digitally signs the code to be executed by the CPU coming out of reset, and the
P3041 ensures that only an unaltered version of that code runs on the platform. The P3041 offers both boot
time and run time code authenticity checking and configurable consequences when the authenticity check
fails.
3.12.4.2
Sensitive Data Protection Option
The P3041 supports protected internal and external storage of developer-provisioned sensitive instructions
and data.
For example, a system developer may provision each system with a number of RSA private keys to be used
in mutual authentication and key exchange. These values would initially be stored in external non-volatile
memory, but following secure boot, these values can be decrypted into on-chip protected memory (portion
of platform cache dedicated as SRAM). Session keys, which may number in the thousands to tens of
thousands, are not good candidates for on-chip storage, so the P3041 offers session key encryption.
Session keys are stored in main memory, and are decrypted (transparently to software and without
impacting SEC throughput) as they are brought into the SEC 4.2 for decryption of session traffic.
3.13
Advanced Power Management
The P3041’s advanced power management capabilities are based around fine-grained static clock control
and software-controlled dynamic frequency management.
3.13.1
Saving Power by Managing Internal Clocks
Dynamic voltage and frequency scaling (DVFS) are useful techniques for reducing typical/average power
and maximizing battery life in laptop environments, but embedded applications must be designed for rapid
response to bursts of traffic and max power under worst-case environmental conditions. While the P3041
does not implement DVFS in the PC sense, it does actively manage internal clocks to avoid wasting
energy. Clock signals are disabled to idle components, reducing dynamic power. These blocks can return
to full operating frequency on the clock cycle after work is dispatched to them.
The P3041 also supports (under software control) dynamic changes to CPU operating frequencies and
voltages. Each CPU sources its input clock from one of two independent PLLs inside the P3041. Each CPU
can also source its input clock from an integer frequency divider from two of the three independent PLLs.
CPUs can switch their source PLL, and their frequency divider glitchlessly and nearly instantaneously.
This allows each core to operate at the minimum frequency required to perform its assigned function,
saving power.
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3.13.2
Turning Off Unneeded Clocks
Fine-grained static control allows developers to turn off the clocks to individual logic blocks within the
SoC that the system has no need for. Based on a finite number of SerDes, it is expected that any given
application will have some Ethernet MACs, PCIe, or Serial RapidIO controllers inactive. These blocks can
be disabled by means of the DEVDIS register. Re-enabling clocks to a logic block requires an SoC reset,
which makes this type of power management operation infrequent (effectively static).
3.13.3
Avoiding Full System Failure Due to Thermal Overload
Changing PLL frequency dividers (/2, /4) can be used to achieve large and rapid reductions in dynamic
power consumptions, and with the help of external temperature detection circuitry, can serve as a thermal
overload protection scheme. If the junction temperature or system ambient temperature of the P3041
achieves some critical level, external temperature detection circuitry can drive a high-priority interrupt into
the P3041, causing it to reduce selected CPU frequencies by half or more. This allows the system to
continue to function in a degraded mode, rather than failing entirely. This technique is much simpler than
turning off selected CPUs, which can involve complex task migration in an AMP system. When system
temperatures have been restored to safe ranges, all CPUs can be returned to normal frequency within a few
clock cycles.
When less drastic frequency changes are desired, software can switch the CPU to a slower speed PLL, such
as 1 G Hz versus 1.5 GHz. Many cores could be switched to a slower PLL during periods of light traffic,
with the ability to immediately return those cores to the full rate PLL should traffic suddenly increase. The
more traditional Power Architecture single-core power management modes (such as Core Doze, Core Nap,
and Core Sleep) are also available in the e500mc.
3.14
Debug Support
The reduced number of external buses enabled by the move to multicore SoCs greatly simplifies board
level lay-out and eliminates many concerns over signal integrity. While the board designer may embrace
multicore CPUs, software engineers have real concerns over the potential to lose debug visibility. Despite
the problems external buses can cause for the hardware engineer, they provide software developers with
the ultimate confirmation that the proper instructions and data are passing between processing elements.
Processing on a multicore SoC with shared caches and peripherals also leads to greater concurrency and
an increased potential for unintended CPU interactions. To ensure that software developers have the same
or better visibility into the P3041 as they would with multiple discrete devices, the P3041 implements the
debug architecture shown in Figure 9.
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SoC
Peripherals
Events
Events
CoreNet
Trace
Analyzer
Scan
G
n
l
e
e500mc
e500mc
TLM TAP/SAP
Transactions
Events
Performance
Monitor
TAP
Nexus
Event
Processing
Unit
PCIe/sRIO
Transactions
Performance
Monitor
CoreNet
Fabric
Watchpoints
Trace
Trace
Trace
Trace
Nexus Port
Controller
Trace Buffers
Memory
Controller
Trace
Trace
Aurora
SerDes
to Trace Probe
Figure 9. P3041 Debug Architecture Block Diagram
Debug features include the following:
• Debug and performance monitoring registers in both the e500mc and platform
— Accessible by target resident debug software and non-resident debug tools
— Capable of generating debug interrupts and trace event messages
• Run control with enhancements
— Classic
— Cross-core and SoC watchpoint triggering
• High speed trace port (Aurora-based)
— Supports Nexus class 2 instruction trace including timestamps
– Process ID trace, watchpoint trace
— Supports “light” subset of Nexus class 3 data trace
– Enabled by cores, by event triggers, by Instruction Address Compare/Data Address
Compare events
— Data Acquisition Trace
– Compatible with Nexus class 3
– Instrumented code can generate data trace messages for values of interest
– Performed by writing values to control registers within each e500mc core
— Watchpoint Trace
– Can generate cross-core correlated breakpoints
– Breakpoint on any core can halt execution of selected additional cores with minimal skid
• CoreNet transaction analyzer
— Provides visibility to transactions across CoreNet (CoreNet fabric is otherwise transparent to
software)
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— Generates trace messages to Nexus port controller (NPC)
— Supports filtering of accesses of interest
– Data Address Compare (4)
– Data Value Compare (2)
– Transaction Attribute Compare (2)
4
Developer Environment
Software developers creating solutions with the Power Architecture technology have long benefited from
a vibrant support ecosystem, including high quality tools, OSes, and network protocol stacks. Freescale is
working with our ecosystem partners to ensure that this remains the case for multicore, Power
Architecture-based products, including the P3041.
The various levels of the developer environment are shown in Figure 10, with the more broadly used tools
and boards at the base of the pyramid, and increasingly application-specific enablement items at the top.
Each level is described further in the following subsections:
• Section 4.1, “Base of the Pyramid: Broadly-Used Tools and Boards”
• Section 4.2, “First Level of the Pyramid: Debug and Performance Analysis”
• Section 4.3, “Second Level of the Pyramid: Simulation, Hypervisor, and DPAA Reference
“Stacklets”
• Section 4.4, “Top Level of the Pyramid: Application-Specific Enablement”
3rd Party Stacks
Application-specific enablement items
Hybrid Simulator
Hypervisor Micro-Kernel
DPAA Reference ‘Stacklets’
Advanced Debug Profiling
and Performance Analysis
Hardware Platforms
Compilers, Debuggers, Bootloaders, LSPs, Drivers
SMP/AMP Capable OS’s
Broadly-used tools and boards
Figure 10. Levels of Developer Environment
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4.1
4.1.1
Base of the Pyramid: Broadly-Used Tools and Boards
Hardware Platforms
This category includes both development systems and the reference designs. Development systems are
available from both Freescale and our partners, with some partner systems being offered with form factors
and BOMs to support use as reference designs. Freescale development systems are supported by the open
source GNU tool set including compilers, linkers, and debuggers.
4.1.2
Compilers, Debuggers, Bootloaders, LSPs, Drivers
In active partnership with the open source community and Linux distribution and support suppliers, these
tools will be updated to fully and efficiently support the P3041.
4.1.3
SMP/AMP Capable OS’s
Open source tools will be part of an overall P3041 development board Linux support package, which will
include AMP and SMP versions of the Linux OS, and device drivers for the accelerators and networking
and peripheral interfaces featured in the P3041. AMP Linux support will include the ability to boot
multiple instances of Linux on different cores. Power Architecture ecosystem partners are committed to
providing board support packages for the P3041.
4.2
4.2.1
First Level of the Pyramid: Debug and Performance Analysis
Advanced Debug
Advanced debug supports real-time trace analysis. It allows the developer to perform initial system
bring-up and development, and is required to deal with the special challenges of software debugging and
performance analysis in multicore systems.
4.2.2
Profiling and Performance Analysis
Freescale will bring tools support for profiling and performance analysis (such as enhanced statistics
gathering) to the market both by means of our CodeWarrior line of tools and in partnership with industry
standard tools suppliers.
4.3
4.3.1
Second Level of the Pyramid:
Simulation, Hypervisor, and DPAA Reference “Stacklets”
Hybrid Simulator
In conjunction with Virtutech, Freescale will provide a hybrid simulator that combines both functional and
performance measurement models of the P3041. The hybrid simulator allows the user to switch between
“fast functional mode” and “detailed performance mode” with capabilities that include the following:
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Global visibility
Determinism
Bug reproducibility
Reverse execution
Special abilities to detect race conditions
Ability to detect race conditions
4.3.2
Hypervisor Micro-Kernel
The P3041’s e500mc cores offer a new embedded Hypervisor capability to address the need for a single
operating system performing coordination and access control functions, managing shared resources in an
efficient manner. The embedded Hypervisor provides the software layer needed to manage the operating
systems and supervisor-level applications as they access shared resources. Recognizing that each
developer’s system design may call for a different partitioning of resources, and involve different
combinations of OSes and RTOSes, Freescale and our ecosystem partners will provide reference
implementations of the embedded Hypervisor’s peripheral virtualization and access control which the
developer can modify to match unique system requirements.
4.3.3
DPAA Reference “Stacklets”
It is expected that some CPUs will be dedicated as datapath processors, working closely with the DPAA.
Freescale will provide reference protocol “stacklets,” optimizing performance critical regions of protocol
processing and their interaction with the DPAA hardware.
4.4
Top Level of the Pyramid: Application-Specific Enablement
This category includes 3rd-party stacks optimized for DPAA, RegEx, AV TCP, IPv4/6, IPsec/SSL.
Many of the expected applications for the P3041 involve network protocol processing. Partitioning
between control CPUs and datapath CPUs, and developing the protocol processing firmware which runs
on the datapath CPUs is an area for significant value added services for Freescale partners at the top level
of the enablement pyramid. OEMs wishing to engage with these partners can realize significant
“time-to-performance” advantages.
5
Document Revision History
Table 7 provides a revision history for this product brief.
Table 7. Revision History
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