New article - The Common System Interface: Intel's Future Interconnect

Article: The Common System Interface: Intel's Future Interconnect
By: Jonathan Kang (johnbk.delete@this.gmail.com), September 25, 2007 7:39 am
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jigal (jigal2@gmail.com) on 9/23/07 wrote:
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>Thanx for the reply.
>
>Pretty much overwhelmed by the the level of technical details - since I am not a vlsi guy, but merely a s/w guy.
>The reason I am asking, is that, after all, Intel invested
>considerable effort in adding the AS layer on top of the
>PCI-E, which seems to turn it to a full networking layer,
>which CSI also seems to add.
>(although you could argue that "Intel" in this sense is a
>bunch of engineers toying with their own standard...)

The key here is in the physical implementation and limitations rather than what's viewed from software. Keep in mind that software will not be the only thing using CSI. It's used by ASICs to communicate with each without the control of software. This adds a requirement that PCI-e didn't necessarily have: low-latency.

This, on top of the power requirements (not just max power but average power) means that a new link had to be made that wasn't as power hungry and had significantly lower wake-up latencies (since they'd be shutting the link off during idle times) than PCI-e.

>This is in contrast to AMD which has a consistent on board
>p2p link - the HT link, which seems to be PCI friendly,
>and was invented when PCI-E wasn't relevant, I guess.
>I remember reading an pdf on their website trying to
>differentiate HT from PCI as on intra board links vs.
>inter-board links, or even inter-chassis, etc...

Before PCI-e, AMD systems used PCI and its variant flavors along with HT links. The two are not meant for the same purpose and they have different physical limitations and features. Intel's original vision for PCI-e wasn't just to connect peripherals inside of a beige box but to use it as a chassis-to-chassis link as well. This means that it had to be a truly serial link where line-latency was a non-issue and signal strength/integrity had to be maintained over very long cables. This ruled something like HT (which is still parallel to a degree) out. Think of PCI-e more as fiber-channel or ethernet as it is *very* similar to both of those.

>Is the HT used for coherency protocols between AMD asics?
>And regardless, now that we have a new guy in town,
>what is the future of PCI-E, if they're not going to
>add coherency protocols on top of it?

PCI-e will serve the purpose it was intended for, peripheral connection and inter-chassis (or inter-board) connection. It was made to tolerate very long delays and to operate between multiple devices (no common voltage required).

CSI will compete with HT for inter-chip communication where latency and power are limiting factors (such as multi-processor configurations).

>I guess on the upside, it would provide plenty of work
>to engineers to develop and sell hubs for CSI/PCI-E/HT :-)

Considering Intel's proprietary nature in the past, I'm not sure anybody outside of Intel will be using CSI. Intel had to open PCI-e in order to get peripheral vendors to use it but the same need not be said of CSI.
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