Low Latency 100-Gbps Ethernet IP Core User Guide

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2.8.2.2. Optimizing the IP Core Simulation With the Testbenches

In the testbench file, you can set the FASTSIM parameter and force values in the RO_SELS, BPOS, and WPOS parameters to enable simulation optimization. The testbench also specifies another IP core simulation optimization setting that you might need to modify for simulation in your own environment: AM_CNT_BITS.

To derive the values to which to force the RO_SELS, BPOS, and WPOS parameters, you must run your first simulation with some additional testbench code to display the simulation-derived values. For subsequent simulation runs with the same hardware design and simulator, you can force the values to these simulation-derived values to avoid the lengthy simulation required to achieve lane alignment. The process is particularly slow for this IP core because the IP core includes a soft processor that drives the lane alignment process. Forcing the parameters to the correct values for your design and simulator bypasses this process, increasing simulation efficiency.

The testbench file generated with the LL 100GbE IP core includes an initial block that displays the required force values. You can view the appropriate initial block for your IP core variation in the top-level testbench file you generate with your example design.

When you run simulation, this initial block prints values for the three parameters after lane alignment. Copy the values from standard output or from your log file and add the following lines to the testbench file, overwriting other forced values for these parameters if necessary:

defparam dut.top_inst.FASTSIM = 1;
defparam dut.<variation_name>_inst.FORCE_BPOS = <required BPOS value>;
defparam dut.<variation_name>_inst.FORC_WPOS  = <required WPOS value>;
defparam dut.<variation_name>_inst.FORCE_RO_SELS = <required RO_SELS value>;
Note: Whether you use the Intel-provided testbench or your own custom testbench, you must update the testbench file with these lines and the derived values. The testbench file generated with the LL 100GbE IP core does not include the correct values, which depend on your IP core variation and simulation tool.

The AM_CNT_BITS parameter specifies the interval between expected alignment markers. The default value of this parameter is 14; this value specifies that alignment markers are inserted every 214 blocks, in compliance with the Ethernet specification. However, the testbench sets this parameter to the value of 6, to speed up simulation. In your own simulation environment, you must set this parameter to match the interval between incoming alignment markers to the IP core.

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