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In this paper, we discuss the microarchitecture, design, and verification of two IBM System z10™ I/O (input/output) chips: the z10™ hub chip, an InfiniBande host channel adapter with IBM-proprietary enhancements, and the InfiniBand memory bus adapter (MBA) chip, an InfiniBand-to-self-timed-interface fanout chip for attaching legacy I/O. Designing and verifying these chips presented many challenges. We describe our transaction- and packet-tracking concepts and the use of communication groups that emulate the behavior of logical partitions and their role in handling error and recovery cases. A novel technique has been employed to ensure that design implementation and architectural register definitions are consistent in a fully automated approach. Finally, we describe our approach to improving self-test coverage, which is based on an automated process of test-point insertion.
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Date of Publication: Jan. 2009