A pause packet can be requested for transmission using the
ctl_tx_pause_enable[8:0] input buses. Bit corresponds to global pause packets
and Bits[7:0] correspond to priority pause packets. Each bit of this bus must be held at a
steady state for a minimum of 16 cycles before the next transition.
The contents of the pause packet are determined using the following per-port CONFIGURATION_TX_FLOW_CONTROL_* registers which contain the below fields.
Global pause packets (N = 0..3):
ctl_tx_da_gpp_N[47:0] ctl_tx_sa_gpp_N[47:0] ctl_tx_ethertype_gpp_N[15:0] ctl_tx_opcode_gpp_N[15:0] ctl_tx_pause_quanta8_N[15:0]
Priority pause packets (N = 0..3):
ctl_tx_da_ppp_N[47:0] ctl_tx_sa_ppp_N[47:0] ctl_tx_ethertype_ppp_N[15:0] ctl_tx_opcode_ppp_N[15:0] ctl_tx_pause_quanta0_N[15:0] ctl_tx_pause_quanta1_N[15:0] ctl_tx_pause_quanta2_N[15:0] ctl_tx_pause_quanta3_N[15:0] ctl_tx_pause_quanta4_N[15:0] ctl_tx_pause_quanta5_N[15:0] ctl_tx_pause_quanta6_N[15:0] ctl_tx_pause_quanta7_N[15:0]
The MRMAC Ethernet subsystem automatically calculates and adds the FCS to the packet. For priority pause packets, the MRMAC Ethernet subsystem also automatically generates the enable vector based on the priorities that are requested.
To request a pause packet, you must set the corresponding bit of the
ctl_tx_pause_enable[8:0] bus to a 1 and keep it at 1 for the duration of the
pause request (that is, if these inputs are set to 0, all pending pause packets are
canceled). The 10G/25G Ethernet subsystem
transmits the pause packet immediately after the current packet in flight is completed.
To re-transmit pause packets, the 10G/25G Ethernet subsystem maintains a total of nine independent timers, one for each
priority and one for global pause. These timers are loaded with the value of the
corresponding input buses. After a pause packet is transmitted, the corresponding timer is
loaded with the similar value of the
ctl_tx_pause_refresh_timer[8:0] input bus. When a timer times out, another
packet for that priority (or global) is transmitted as soon as the current packet in flight
is completed. Additionally, you can manually force the timers to 0, and therefore force a
retransmission by setting the
ctl_tx_resend_pause input to
1 for one clock cycle.
To reduce the number of pause packets for priority mode operation, a timer is considered timed out if any of the other timers time out. Additionally, while waiting for the current packet in flight to be completed, any new timer that times out or any new requests are merged into a single pause frame. For example, if two timers are counting down and you send a request for a third priority, the two timers are forced to be timed out. A pause packet for all three priorities is sent as soon as the current in-flight packet (if any) is transmitted. Similarly, if one of the two timers times out without an additional request, both timers are forced to be timed out. Then, a pause packet for both priorities is sent as soon as the current in-flight packet (if any) is transmitted.
You can stop pause packet generation by setting the appropriate bits of