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Swapnil Patil
Guest

Mon Feb 04, 2019 7:45 am   



Hello folks,

Let's say I have Spartan 6 board only and i wanted to implement Ethernet communication.So how can it be done?

I don't want to connect any Hard or Soft core processor.
also I have looked into WIZnet W5300 Ethernet controller interfacing to spartan 6, but I don't want to connect any such controller just spartan 6.
So how can it be done?

It is not necessary to use spartan 6 board only.If it possible to workout with any another boards I would really like to know. Thanks


Guest

Mon Feb 04, 2019 7:45 am   



On Monday, February 4, 2019 at 1:29:45 AM UTC-5, Swapnil Patil wrote:
Quote:
Hello folks,

Let's say I have Spartan 6 board only and i wanted to implement Ethernet communication.So how can it be done?

I don't want to connect any Hard or Soft core processor.
also I have looked into WIZnet W5300 Ethernet controller interfacing to spartan 6, but I don't want to connect any such controller just spartan 6.
So how can it be done?

It is not necessary to use spartan 6 board only.If it possible to workout with any another boards I would really like to know. Thanks


You can construct an Ethernet interface easily enough. I know cores have been written for that. What is hard is implementing the IP stack. Even on a processor this is a lot of work. Because there are a lot of steps involved and each step is not time critical, it makes much more sense to implement the logic sequentially rather than in FPGA fabric. Even if implemented in the fabric, it will consist of many state machines with lots of timers and counters.

So it is doable, but since there is no reason to do it, no one has... yet. You might want to dig into an implementation rather than the specs. My understanding is there are a lot of details that aren't so clear in the spec.


Rick C.

- Tesla referral code - https://ts.la/richard11209

HT-Lab
Guest

Mon Feb 04, 2019 9:45 am   



On 04/02/2019 06:37, gnuarm.deletethisbit_at_gmail.com wrote:
Quote:
On Monday, February 4, 2019 at 1:29:45 AM UTC-5, Swapnil Patil wrote:
Hello folks,

Let's say I have Spartan 6 board only and i wanted to implement Ethernet communication.So how can it be done?

I don't want to connect any Hard or Soft core processor.
also I have looked into WIZnet W5300 Ethernet controller interfacing to spartan 6, but I don't want to connect any such controller just spartan 6.
So how can it be done?

It is not necessary to use spartan 6 board only.If it possible to workout with any another boards I would really like to know. Thanks


You can construct an Ethernet interface easily enough. I know cores have been written for that. What is hard is implementing the IP stack. Even on a processor this is a lot of work. Because there are a lot of steps involved and each step is not time critical, it makes much more sense to implement the logic sequentially rather than in FPGA fabric. Even if implemented in the fabric, it will consist of many state machines with lots of timers and counters.

So it is doable, but since there is no reason to do it, no one has... yet.


sure they have, I know of 2 companies just in the UK who have done this,
4links (since 2003) are Argon.

Hans
www.ht-lab.com


You might want to dig into an implementation rather than the specs. My
understanding is there are a lot of details that aren't so clear in the
spec.
Quote:


Rick C.

- Tesla referral code - https://ts.la/richard11209


HT-Lab
Guest

Mon Feb 04, 2019 10:45 am   



On 04/02/2019 09:20, Swapnil Patil wrote:
Quote:
On Monday, February 4, 2019 at 11:59:45 AM UTC+5:30, Swapnil Patil wrote:
Hello folks,

Let's say I have Spartan 6 board only and i wanted to implement Ethernet communication.So how can it be done?

I don't want to connect any Hard or Soft core processor.
also I have looked into WIZnet W5300 Ethernet controller interfacing to spartan 6, but I don't want to connect any such controller just spartan 6.
So how can it be done?

It is not necessary to use spartan 6 board only.If it possible to workout with any another boards I would really like to know. Thanks


Thanks for replies. I understand it's not easy to implement still i want to give a try. If you have any links or document of work done related to this please share.
Rick C. could you tell more how one should start to implement this with cores? I also wanted to know more about these written cores.
Hans is it possible we can get information about work that companies made you know about?
Hi Swapnil,


I don't think you will get any info out of these companies as it's their
IP. Try google, there might be some technical papers on the subject.
However, as suggested by others you are better of using a softcore.
Check out opencores.org.

Good luck,
Hans
www.ht-lab.com


Quote:
Thanks.


Swapnil Patil
Guest

Mon Feb 04, 2019 10:45 am   



On Monday, February 4, 2019 at 11:59:45 AM UTC+5:30, Swapnil Patil wrote:
Quote:
Hello folks,

Let's say I have Spartan 6 board only and i wanted to implement Ethernet communication.So how can it be done?

I don't want to connect any Hard or Soft core processor.
also I have looked into WIZnet W5300 Ethernet controller interfacing to spartan 6, but I don't want to connect any such controller just spartan 6.
So how can it be done?

It is not necessary to use spartan 6 board only.If it possible to workout with any another boards I would really like to know. Thanks


Thanks for replies. I understand it's not easy to implement still i want to give a try. If you have any links or document of work done related to this please share.
Rick C. could you tell more how one should start to implement this with cores? I also wanted to know more about these written cores.
Hans is it possible we can get information about work that companies made you know about?
Thanks.


Guest

Mon Feb 04, 2019 3:45 pm   



On Monday, February 4, 2019 at 3:40:42 AM UTC-5, HT-Lab wrote:
Quote:
On 04/02/2019 06:37, gnuarm.deletethisbit_at_gmail.com wrote:
On Monday, February 4, 2019 at 1:29:45 AM UTC-5, Swapnil Patil wrote:
Hello folks,

Let's say I have Spartan 6 board only and i wanted to implement Ethernet communication.So how can it be done?

I don't want to connect any Hard or Soft core processor.
also I have looked into WIZnet W5300 Ethernet controller interfacing to spartan 6, but I don't want to connect any such controller just spartan 6..
So how can it be done?

It is not necessary to use spartan 6 board only.If it possible to workout with any another boards I would really like to know. Thanks


You can construct an Ethernet interface easily enough. I know cores have been written for that. What is hard is implementing the IP stack. Even on a processor this is a lot of work. Because there are a lot of steps involved and each step is not time critical, it makes much more sense to implement the logic sequentially rather than in FPGA fabric. Even if implemented in the fabric, it will consist of many state machines with lots of timers and counters.

So it is doable, but since there is no reason to do it, no one has... yet.

sure they have, I know of 2 companies just in the UK who have done this,
4links (since 2003) are Argon.


I found 4links. Not sure if Argon is supposed to be another company or not..

I guess I'm not sure what you mean when you say, "2 companies"... "have done this". What exactly do you mean by "this"?


Rick C.

+ Tesla referral code - https://ts.la/richard11209


Guest

Mon Feb 04, 2019 4:45 pm   



On Monday, February 4, 2019 at 10:02:34 AM UTC-5, HT-Lab wrote:
Quote:
On 04/02/2019 14:35, gnuarm.deletethisbit_at_gmail.com wrote:
On Monday, February 4, 2019 at 3:40:42 AM UTC-5, HT-Lab wrote:
On 04/02/2019 06:37, gnuarm.deletethisbit_at_gmail.com wrote:
On Monday, February 4, 2019 at 1:29:45 AM UTC-5, Swapnil Patil wrote:
Hello folks,

Let's say I have Spartan 6 board only and i wanted to implement Ethernet communication.So how can it be done?

I don't want to connect any Hard or Soft core processor.
also I have looked into WIZnet W5300 Ethernet controller interfacing to spartan 6, but I don't want to connect any such controller just spartan 6.
So how can it be done?

It is not necessary to use spartan 6 board only.If it possible to workout with any another boards I would really like to know. Thanks


You can construct an Ethernet interface easily enough. I know cores have been written for that. What is hard is implementing the IP stack. Even on a processor this is a lot of work. Because there are a lot of steps involved and each step is not time critical, it makes much more sense to implement the logic sequentially rather than in FPGA fabric. Even if implemented in the fabric, it will consist of many state machines with lots of timers and counters.

So it is doable, but since there is no reason to do it, no one has... yet.

sure they have, I know of 2 companies just in the UK who have done this,
4links (since 2003) are Argon.

I found 4links. Not sure if Argon is supposed to be another company or not.

I guess I'm not sure what you mean when you say, "2 companies"... "have done this". What exactly do you mean by "this"?

I meant to write 4links and Argon. These companies have implemented a
TCP/IP stack in hardware.


I didn't find a company Argon, but maybe now that I know they are in the UK they might be easier to find. Tough name to search for.

How do you know they've implemented a TCP/IP stack in hardware? Have you used it? I didn't see anything on the 4links web site. They seem to be big on tools for working with SpaceWire.


Rick C.

-- Tesla referral code - https://ts.la/richard11209

HT-Lab
Guest

Mon Feb 04, 2019 4:45 pm   



On 04/02/2019 14:35, gnuarm.deletethisbit_at_gmail.com wrote:
Quote:
On Monday, February 4, 2019 at 3:40:42 AM UTC-5, HT-Lab wrote:
On 04/02/2019 06:37, gnuarm.deletethisbit_at_gmail.com wrote:
On Monday, February 4, 2019 at 1:29:45 AM UTC-5, Swapnil Patil wrote:
Hello folks,

Let's say I have Spartan 6 board only and i wanted to implement Ethernet communication.So how can it be done?

I don't want to connect any Hard or Soft core processor.
also I have looked into WIZnet W5300 Ethernet controller interfacing to spartan 6, but I don't want to connect any such controller just spartan 6.
So how can it be done?

It is not necessary to use spartan 6 board only.If it possible to workout with any another boards I would really like to know. Thanks


You can construct an Ethernet interface easily enough. I know cores have been written for that. What is hard is implementing the IP stack. Even on a processor this is a lot of work. Because there are a lot of steps involved and each step is not time critical, it makes much more sense to implement the logic sequentially rather than in FPGA fabric. Even if implemented in the fabric, it will consist of many state machines with lots of timers and counters.

So it is doable, but since there is no reason to do it, no one has... yet.

sure they have, I know of 2 companies just in the UK who have done this,
4links (since 2003) are Argon.

I found 4links. Not sure if Argon is supposed to be another company or not.

I guess I'm not sure what you mean when you say, "2 companies"... "have done this". What exactly do you mean by "this"?


I meant to write 4links and Argon. These companies have implemented a
TCP/IP stack in hardware.

Hans
www.ht-lab.com

Quote:


Rick C.

+ Tesla referral code - https://ts.la/richard11209


HT-Lab
Guest

Mon Feb 04, 2019 5:45 pm   



On 04/02/2019 15:28, gnuarm.deletethisbit_at_gmail.com wrote:
Quote:
On Monday, February 4, 2019 at 10:02:34 AM UTC-5, HT-Lab wrote:
On 04/02/2019 14:35, gnuarm.deletethisbit_at_gmail.com wrote:
On Monday, February 4, 2019 at 3:40:42 AM UTC-5, HT-Lab wrote:
On 04/02/2019 06:37, gnuarm.deletethisbit_at_gmail.com wrote:
On Monday, February 4, 2019 at 1:29:45 AM UTC-5, Swapnil Patil wrote:
Hello folks,

Let's say I have Spartan 6 board only and i wanted to implement Ethernet communication.So how can it be done?

I don't want to connect any Hard or Soft core processor.
also I have looked into WIZnet W5300 Ethernet controller interfacing to spartan 6, but I don't want to connect any such controller just spartan 6.
So how can it be done?

It is not necessary to use spartan 6 board only.If it possible to workout with any another boards I would really like to know. Thanks


You can construct an Ethernet interface easily enough. I know cores have been written for that. What is hard is implementing the IP stack. Even on a processor this is a lot of work. Because there are a lot of steps involved and each step is not time critical, it makes much more sense to implement the logic sequentially rather than in FPGA fabric. Even if implemented in the fabric, it will consist of many state machines with lots of timers and counters.

So it is doable, but since there is no reason to do it, no one has... yet.

sure they have, I know of 2 companies just in the UK who have done this,
4links (since 2003) are Argon.

I found 4links. Not sure if Argon is supposed to be another company or not.

I guess I'm not sure what you mean when you say, "2 companies"... "have done this". What exactly do you mean by "this"?

I meant to write 4links and Argon. These companies have implemented a
TCP/IP stack in hardware.

I didn't find a company Argon, but maybe now that I know they are in the UK they might be easier to find. Tough name to search for.

How do you know they've implemented a TCP/IP stack in hardware? Have you used it? I didn't see anything on the 4links web site. They seem to be big on tools for working with SpaceWire.


https://www.electronicsweekly.com/news/archived/resources-archived/uk-company-creates-hardware-tcpip-stack-that-runs-in-2003-04/

Hans.
www.ht-lab.com


Quote:


Rick C.

-- Tesla referral code - https://ts.la/richard11209



Guest

Mon Feb 04, 2019 7:45 pm   



On Monday, February 4, 2019 at 10:55:55 AM UTC-5, HT-Lab wrote:
Quote:
On 04/02/2019 15:28, gnuarm.deletethisbit_at_gmail.com wrote:
On Monday, February 4, 2019 at 10:02:34 AM UTC-5, HT-Lab wrote:
On 04/02/2019 14:35, gnuarm.deletethisbit_at_gmail.com wrote:
On Monday, February 4, 2019 at 3:40:42 AM UTC-5, HT-Lab wrote:
On 04/02/2019 06:37, gnuarm.deletethisbit_at_gmail.com wrote:
On Monday, February 4, 2019 at 1:29:45 AM UTC-5, Swapnil Patil wrote:
Hello folks,

Let's say I have Spartan 6 board only and i wanted to implement Ethernet communication.So how can it be done?

I don't want to connect any Hard or Soft core processor.
also I have looked into WIZnet W5300 Ethernet controller interfacing to spartan 6, but I don't want to connect any such controller just spartan 6.
So how can it be done?

It is not necessary to use spartan 6 board only.If it possible to workout with any another boards I would really like to know. Thanks


You can construct an Ethernet interface easily enough. I know cores have been written for that. What is hard is implementing the IP stack. Even on a processor this is a lot of work. Because there are a lot of steps involved and each step is not time critical, it makes much more sense to implement the logic sequentially rather than in FPGA fabric. Even if implemented in the fabric, it will consist of many state machines with lots of timers and counters.

So it is doable, but since there is no reason to do it, no one has.... yet.

sure they have, I know of 2 companies just in the UK who have done this,
4links (since 2003) are Argon.

I found 4links. Not sure if Argon is supposed to be another company or not.

I guess I'm not sure what you mean when you say, "2 companies"... "have done this". What exactly do you mean by "this"?

I meant to write 4links and Argon. These companies have implemented a
TCP/IP stack in hardware.

I didn't find a company Argon, but maybe now that I know they are in the UK they might be easier to find. Tough name to search for.

How do you know they've implemented a TCP/IP stack in hardware? Have you used it? I didn't see anything on the 4links web site. They seem to be big on tools for working with SpaceWire.

https://www.electronicsweekly.com/news/archived/resources-archived/uk-company-creates-hardware-tcpip-stack-that-runs-in-2003-04/


I'm surprised, but not amazed. They said it took up about 2500 FFs and 5000 4LUTs which is also not surprising.

I guess the question is "why?" They say it can be easily verified and "should be more secure than software". Maybe I'm confused. I thought VHDL *was* software?

I noticed they instantiated the design for a Virtex II fpga. That is a *very* old chip. I wonder if their design has actually sold? I suppose it's not such a far fetched thing once I see the numbers for size. I expect a logic based stack can be faster than software if you are willing to provide the gates.

I wonder if they have ways of reusing the same hardware for multiple tasks while tasks are waiting for timeouts or I/O? While you can get good throughput with hardware, it can be more difficult to handle a lot of different connections.


Rick C.

-+ Tesla referral code - https://ts.la/richard11209

Rick C. Hodgin
Guest

Mon Feb 04, 2019 7:45 pm   



On Monday, February 4, 2019 at 12:48:09 PM UTC-5, gnuarm.del...@gmail.com wrote:
Quote:
On Monday, February 4, 2019 at 10:55:55 AM UTC-5, HT-Lab wrote:
https://www.electronicsweekly.com/news/archived/resources-archived/uk-company-creates-hardware-tcpip-stack-that-runs-in-2003-04/

I'm surprised, but not amazed. They said it took up about 2500 FFs and 5000 4LUTs which is also not surprising.

I guess the question is "why?" They say it can be easily verified and "should be more secure than software". Maybe I'm confused. I thought VHDL *was* software?


I'm guessing it was implemented in software. A tiny, probably
custom, CPU core used to execute the program that handles the
translation for them.

> I wonder if they have ways of reusing the same hardware for multiple tasks while tasks are waiting for timeouts or I/O? While you can get good throughput with hardware, it can be more difficult to handle a lot of different connections.

I would be both surprised and amazed to learn it wasn't done
in software, albeit in hardware.

--
Rick C. Hodgin

Tom Gardner
Guest

Mon Feb 04, 2019 7:45 pm   



On 04/02/19 17:48, gnuarm.deletethisbit_at_gmail.com wrote:
Quote:
On Monday, February 4, 2019 at 10:55:55 AM UTC-5, HT-Lab wrote:
On 04/02/2019 15:28, gnuarm.deletethisbit_at_gmail.com wrote:
On Monday, February 4, 2019 at 10:02:34 AM UTC-5, HT-Lab wrote:
On 04/02/2019 14:35, gnuarm.deletethisbit_at_gmail.com wrote:
On Monday, February 4, 2019 at 3:40:42 AM UTC-5, HT-Lab wrote:
On 04/02/2019 06:37, gnuarm.deletethisbit_at_gmail.com wrote:
On Monday, February 4, 2019 at 1:29:45 AM UTC-5, Swapnil Patil
wrote:
Hello folks,

Let's say I have Spartan 6 board only and i wanted to implement
Ethernet communication.So how can it be done?

I don't want to connect any Hard or Soft core processor. also I
have looked into WIZnet W5300 Ethernet controller interfacing
to spartan 6, but I don't want to connect any such controller
just spartan 6. So how can it be done?

It is not necessary to use spartan 6 board only.If it possible
to workout with any another boards I would really like to know.
Thanks


You can construct an Ethernet interface easily enough. I know
cores have been written for that. What is hard is implementing
the IP stack. Even on a processor this is a lot of work.
Because there are a lot of steps involved and each step is not
time critical, it makes much more sense to implement the logic
sequentially rather than in FPGA fabric. Even if implemented in
the fabric, it will consist of many state machines with lots of
timers and counters.

So it is doable, but since there is no reason to do it, no one
has... yet.

sure they have, I know of 2 companies just in the UK who have done
this, 4links (since 2003) are Argon.

I found 4links. Not sure if Argon is supposed to be another company
or not.

I guess I'm not sure what you mean when you say, "2 companies"...
"have done this". What exactly do you mean by "this"?

I meant to write 4links and Argon. These companies have implemented a
TCP/IP stack in hardware.

I didn't find a company Argon, but maybe now that I know they are in the
UK they might be easier to find. Tough name to search for.

How do you know they've implemented a TCP/IP stack in hardware? Have you
used it? I didn't see anything on the 4links web site. They seem to be
big on tools for working with SpaceWire.

https://www.electronicsweekly.com/news/archived/resources-archived/uk-company-creates-hardware-tcpip-stack-that-runs-in-2003-04/


I'm surprised, but not amazed. They said it took up about 2500 FFs and 5000
4LUTs which is also not surprising.

I guess the question is "why?"


A reasonable question. The high frequency trading mob will
pay ridiculous sums to shave off a millisecond here and a
millisecond there - e.g. laying their own dedicate
transatlantic fibres, or buying up the microwave links
between Chichago and New York because the speed of light
is higher in air than fibre. They also cast business
/trading rules/ in FPGA hardware.



Quote:
They say it can be easily verified and "should be more secure than software".
Maybe I'm confused. I thought VHDL *was* software?


Not everybody appreciates that boundary is very grey,
and changing all the time Smile


Guest

Mon Feb 04, 2019 7:45 pm   



On Monday, February 4, 2019 at 12:51:16 PM UTC-5, Rick C. Hodgin wrote:
Quote:
On Monday, February 4, 2019 at 12:48:09 PM UTC-5, gnuarm.del...@gmail.com wrote:
On Monday, February 4, 2019 at 10:55:55 AM UTC-5, HT-Lab wrote:
https://www.electronicsweekly.com/news/archived/resources-archived/uk-company-creates-hardware-tcpip-stack-that-runs-in-2003-04/

I'm surprised, but not amazed. They said it took up about 2500 FFs and 5000 4LUTs which is also not surprising.

I guess the question is "why?" They say it can be easily verified and "should be more secure than software". Maybe I'm confused. I thought VHDL *was* software?

I'm guessing it was implemented in software. A tiny, probably
custom, CPU core used to execute the program that handles the
translation for them.

I wonder if they have ways of reusing the same hardware for multiple tasks while tasks are waiting for timeouts or I/O? While you can get good throughput with hardware, it can be more difficult to handle a lot of different connections.

I would be both surprised and amazed to learn it wasn't done
in software, albeit in hardware.


Seek and ye shall find. You obviously haven't been reading the links. The info was there, you just had to read it.

I guess you are going to say this was another hostile post aimed at you. It is aimed at you, but it isn't hostile. I'm just stating what are pretty clear facts.


Rick C.

+- Tesla referral code - https://ts.la/richard11209

Rick C. Hodgin
Guest

Mon Feb 04, 2019 8:45 pm   



On Monday, February 4, 2019 at 1:43:13 PM UTC-5, gnuarm.del...@gmail.com wrote:
Quote:
On Monday, February 4, 2019 at 12:51:16 PM UTC-5, Rick C. Hodgin wrote:
I would be both surprised and amazed to learn it wasn't done
in software, albeit in hardware.

Seek and ye shall find. You obviously haven't been reading the links. The info was there, you just had to read it.


I did read it. It says "no processor" but that's different than
having created your own processor in VHDL to conduct the work.
That "no processor" statement could mean there's no ARM CPU or
some other CPU in there doing the work, but rather it is a fully-
VHDL solution that implements its own logic and its own core
processor to conduct the work.

As I say, I would be surprised and amazed to learn it's done in
something other than a custom internal processor, however simple
that design might be.

--
Rick C. Hodgin

Tom Gardner
Guest

Mon Feb 04, 2019 8:45 pm   



On 04/02/19 18:51, gnuarm.deletethisbit_at_gmail.com wrote:
Quote:
On Monday, February 4, 2019 at 1:09:15 PM UTC-5, Tom Gardner wrote:
On 04/02/19 17:48, gnuarm.deletethisbit_at_gmail.com wrote:
On Monday, February 4, 2019 at 10:55:55 AM UTC-5, HT-Lab wrote:
On 04/02/2019 15:28, gnuarm.deletethisbit_at_gmail.com wrote:
On Monday, February 4, 2019 at 10:02:34 AM UTC-5, HT-Lab wrote:
On 04/02/2019 14:35, gnuarm.deletethisbit_at_gmail.com wrote:
On Monday, February 4, 2019 at 3:40:42 AM UTC-5, HT-Lab wrote:
On 04/02/2019 06:37, gnuarm.deletethisbit_at_gmail.com wrote:
On Monday, February 4, 2019 at 1:29:45 AM UTC-5, Swapnil
Patil wrote:
Hello folks,

Let's say I have Spartan 6 board only and i wanted to
implement Ethernet communication.So how can it be done?

I don't want to connect any Hard or Soft core processor.
also I have looked into WIZnet W5300 Ethernet controller
interfacing to spartan 6, but I don't want to connect any
such controller just spartan 6. So how can it be done?

It is not necessary to use spartan 6 board only.If it
possible to workout with any another boards I would really
like to know. Thanks


You can construct an Ethernet interface easily enough. I
know cores have been written for that. What is hard is
implementing the IP stack. Even on a processor this is a lot
of work. Because there are a lot of steps involved and each
step is not time critical, it makes much more sense to
implement the logic sequentially rather than in FPGA fabric.
Even if implemented in the fabric, it will consist of many
state machines with lots of timers and counters.

So it is doable, but since there is no reason to do it, no
one has... yet.

sure they have, I know of 2 companies just in the UK who have
done this, 4links (since 2003) are Argon.

I found 4links. Not sure if Argon is supposed to be another
company or not.

I guess I'm not sure what you mean when you say, "2
companies"... "have done this". What exactly do you mean by
"this"?

I meant to write 4links and Argon. These companies have implemented
a TCP/IP stack in hardware.

I didn't find a company Argon, but maybe now that I know they are in
the UK they might be easier to find. Tough name to search for.

How do you know they've implemented a TCP/IP stack in hardware? Have
you used it? I didn't see anything on the 4links web site. They
seem to be big on tools for working with SpaceWire.

https://www.electronicsweekly.com/news/archived/resources-archived/uk-company-creates-hardware-tcpip-stack-that-runs-in-2003-04/




I'm surprised, but not amazed. They said it took up about 2500 FFs and 5000
4LUTs which is also not surprising.

I guess the question is "why?"

A reasonable question. The high frequency trading mob will pay ridiculous
sums to shave off a millisecond here and a millisecond there - e.g. laying
their own dedicate transatlantic fibres, or buying up the microwave links
between Chichago and New York because the speed of light is higher in air
than fibre. They also cast business /trading rules/ in FPGA hardware.

Yeah, I know those guys would pay immense sums for shorter latency. But
that's not the design above I don't think. Who knows though.

I wonder if they include the delay in the data path in their calculations.


My /very/ limited understanding is that they try to
take account of that within a trading floor.

But arbitrage between centres (e.g. New York and Chichago)
is profitable (hence the microwave links).

Ditto latencies reacting to other companies' trades is
important (hence the business rules in hardware).


Quote:
That is, do they predict where the price was before their results are
complete and the fastest trader wins? Or do they try to anticipate where the
market will be after all the delays have been accounted for and all the
*expected* transactions take place while the processing has been going on?

So do they just try to be faster than the rest of the electronic traders, or
do they try to be faster than the market itself?


Fast == good. 'nuff said :)


Quote:
They say it can be easily verified and "should be more secure than
software". Maybe I'm confused. I thought VHDL *was* software?

Not everybody appreciates that boundary is very grey, and changing all the
time :)

The real difference is what is done in parallel in "hardware" and what
appears to be in parallel in "software".


Not all software merely "appears" to be in parallel anymore.

The XMOS xCORE chips (nee' Transputers), xC (nee' Occam) language,
and xTIME IDE guarantee timings to 10ns clocks, and there can
be up to 32 processors simultaneously doing i/o to 4ns resolution.

Yes, 100Mbit ethernet i/o streams can be captured in software,
then handed off to other cores for packet processing.


Quote:
As long as you meet your time
deadline it doesn't really matter. In some cases there is no deadline,
faster is better. Not many though.


Indeed.

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