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IDT Serial RapidIO Gen 2 Modeling Tool

Overview

System Architects are continuously faced with the problem of optimally designing networks in embedded systems. Typical trade offs are maximizing performance, minimizing power, reducing bill of materials. The traditional means for maximizing performance is using more processing capacity and packing as many components as possible into the circuit board.
 
RapidIO offers users much more intelligent ways of maximizing performance. There are several features related to traffic management, priorities and fabric performance monitoring that can be used to improve network performance in advance of hardware availability.
 
Performance can be maximized for a network’s intended usage without the traditional means of over provisioning links. By using the RapidIO Gen2 System Modeling Tool, IDT offers engineers a means to get the performance they are looking for in an optimal way. Business managers benefit by doing this with lower power and lower bill of materials.
 
                          
 
 
                             
 
The field-proven tool allows the user to easily understand the performance characteristics of their system on a packet-by-packet and flow-by-flow basis, delivering fast, accurate answers to architectural questions. The execution of the model gives the degree of control necessary to examine system execution down to the nanosecond, while retaining the ability to summarize packet transfer characteristics on a flow-by-flow, endpoint-by-endpoint, and link-by-link basis.
 
The tool also enables users to gauge performance in advance of systems development, and to identify the overall gains of using RapidIO over existing interconnect technologies.
 
                  

Features 
  • Model a complete RapidIO system, including switches and endpoints
  • Support for Tsi57x, CPS Gen 2 switches, including all performance features
  • Tools for investigation/interpretation of system performance
  • Support for IDT Gen 1 and Gen 2 endpoint IP
  • Configure latency and scheduling options for switches, endpoints, and RapidIO connections
  • Flexible traffic generation, including
    • Constrained random packet generation
    • Transfers of an amount of data using a particular packet type
    • Support for native RapidIO packet types (i.e. NREAD, Message, Data Streaming) including responses
    • Ability to relate traffic flows to each other in time
    • Configurable random delays for generation of requests and responses, which allows modeling of internal packet processing factors within endpoints
  • Tools for investigation/interpretation of system performance
    • GUI for interpretation of model results
    • Displays diagram of the system
    • Displays packet exchange time line
    • Information for each endpoint flow
    • Information for packets transmitted/received on each link
    • Summary statistics
Benefits 
  • Tool to proactively architect embedded systems networks using RapidIO
  • Analyze traffic under different network loading scenarios in advance of building hardware
  • Optimize hardware infrastructure to use the optimal mix of components 
  • Maximize performance, minimize power consumption, reduce bill of materials
  • Develop a single hardware platform for multiple product lines by simulating expected traffic for a variety of end applications with confidence
  • Visualize network hot spots
  • Easily configure RapidIO networks with a mix of endpoints and switches
  • Gain early access to IDT RapidIO Gen 2 performance enhancement features
 
Applications 
Applications that can benefit from modeling performance with IDT switches include:
  • Wireless
    • WiMAX
    • HSPA
    • 3G LTE
    • TD-SCDMA
    • TD-LTE
  • Video
  • Medical Imaging
  • Military Systems
    • Radar
    • Sonar
    • Navigation
  • Storage
Resources
    Document Title:  IDT Serial RapidIO System Modeling Tool **
    Type:  Software
    Version: 1
    Release Date: May 11, 2009 
    File Info: Internal URL
 ** To obtain the IDT Serial RapidIO System Modeling Tool software,  please submit a Technical Support Request
 
      Product Brief:  IDT Serial RapidIO Gen2 System Modeling Tool (rev. May 2011)