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RE: delay constraints from XGMII to XAUI


If there is a compatibility interface such as XAUI, then one needs to define
how much delay is on either side of it. Therefore one needs to spec at least
the following:
  XGMII to XGMII (MAC reaction time to the flow control).

The point of compatibility interfaces is to define an interface where
components independently designed can be compatible when mated at that
interface. Therefore, a budget can't be specified for the total without
providing a breakdown with respect to the compatibility interfaces. If a
compatibility interface is not physically instantiated then the device has
to meet the total but it is up to the device how to allocate that total.

For instance, if a device had an XGMII and an MDI, then it would have to
meet the sum of the three delays: XGMII to XAUI, XAUI to XBSI and XBSI to

One way to specify this is to specify the delay for each sublayer and say
that the total between compatibility interfaces need to meet the total for
the sublayers between them. 

Since this delay is only important for the flow control, I recommend we
choose values that are easy to meet and specify them per sublayer. No matter
what we do, our delays will be long in bit times compared to the lower
speeds because our paths so wide. There is no reason to tweak the delays to
shave a few byte times. 


-----Original Message-----
From: Boaz Shahar [mailto:boazs@xxxxxxxxxxxx]
Sent: Thursday, December 14, 2000 12:43 AM
Subject: RE: delay constraints from XGMII to XAUI

I think that the standard should constraint only the total delay from the
MDI to the XGMII, and leave internal partitioning to implementation.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Rich Taborek [mailto:rtaborek@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]
> Sent: Thursday, December 14, 2000 12:18 AM
> To: HSSG
> Subject: Re: delay constraints from XGMII to XAUI
> Bob,
> Agreed.
> Steven,
> Just to carify, the MDI to XGMII delay includes the XAUI to 
> XGMII delay.
> Best Regards,
> Rich
> --
> "Grow, Bob" wrote:
> > 
> > The only MAC requirement I can think of for bounding the 
> lower layer delay
> > is for buffer sizing for 802.3x flow control.  That has 
> been the factor for
> > keeping the delay tables in various clauses.
> > 
> > --Bob Grow
> > 
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Steven Shen [mailto:ss_shen@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx]
> > Sent: Wednesday, December 13, 2000 11:58 AM
> > To: stds-802-3-hssg@xxxxxxxx
> > Subject: delay constraints from XGMII to XAUI
> > 
> > Hi all:
> > 
> > In D2.0 table 48.5 defines the MDI to XGMII delay 
> constraints to be 272
> > UI. I wonder that "is there any delay constraints on XAUI to XGMII
> > (PCS+PMA)"?
> > 
> > thanks
> > 
> > best regards
> > 
> > Steven Shen
> > Silicon Bridge Inc.
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