PCI Express Port Bus Driver Support for Linux

PCI Express is a high performance general purpose I/O Interconnect defined for a wide variety of computing and communication platforms. It defines PCI Express Ports and switches to provide a fabric based point-to-point topology. PCI Express categorizes PCI Express Ports into three types: the Root Ports, the Switch Upstream Ports, and the Switch Downstream Ports. Each PCI Express Port can provide up to four distinct services: native hot-plug, power management, advanced error reporting, and virtual channels. To fit within the existing Linux PCI Driver Model but provide a clean and modular solution, in which each service driver can be built and loaded independently, requires the PCI Express Port Bus Driver architecture. The PCI Express Port Bus Driver initializes all services and distributes them to their corresponding service drivers. This paper is targeted toward kernel developers and architects interested in the details of enabling service drivers for PCI Express Ports. The i386 Linux implementation will be used as a reference model to provide insight into the implementation of the PCI Express Port Bus Driver and specific service drivers like the advanced error reporting root service driver and the native hot-plug root service driver.

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