• Assembling the VME crate
To get started, you need:
A slightly better option is the MVME5100 (MPC750 Processor, 450 MHz, 512 MB ECC SDRAM)
Once you have successfully connected to the controller, on power-up, you should see this:
For the 2700... Copyright Motorola Inc. 1988 - 1998, All Rights Reserved PPC1 Debugger/Diagnostics Release Version 4.2 - 11/12/98 RM01 COLD Start Local Memory Found =08000000 (&134217728) MPU Clock Speed =233Mhz BUS Clock Speed =67Mhz WARNING: Keyboard Not Connected Reset Vector Location : ROM Bank A Mezzanine Configuration: Single-MPU Current 60X-Bus Master : MPU0 Idle MPU(s) : NONE System Memory: 128MB, ECC Enabled (ECC-Memory Detected) L2Cache: 1024KB, 117Mhz PPC1-Bug>
For the 5100... Copyright Motorola Inc. 1988 - 2002, All Rights Reserved PPC6 Debugger/Diagnostics Release Version 2.2 - 04/16/02 RM03 COLD Start Local Memory Found =20000000 (&536870912) MPU Clock Speed =450Mhz BUS Clock Speed =100Mhz Reset Vector Location : ROM Bank B Mezzanine Configuration: Single-MPU Current 60X-Bus Master : MPU0 Idle MPU(s) : NONE L2Cache: 1024KB, 180Mhz System Memory: 512MB, ECC Enabled (ECC-Memory Detected) PPC6-Bug>
The instructions for both the PPC-Bug and PPC-Diag commands are located on the Motorola Computer Group's Web Page.
• Installing vxWorks
At the moment, the controller card is just running a simple debugger. It's now time to install an operating system. Here at the beam-line, we seem to have a preference for vxWorks because we're government funded.
First and foremost, you will need two files: The vxWorks boot image (to be loaded into the controller card's flash memory) and the vxWorks kernel image. Both of these binary files are created under the target/config/<board> directory of the Tornado distribution.
(It may be necessary to first build the
cross-compiler if you don't have the vxWorks binaries in hand. I already
had the binaries, so I didn't have to do this, but you might want to skip
ahead and do that before coming back here).
= Installing the vxWorks Boot Image
Once the bootrom and kernel image have been made, we have to get the vxWorks boot image onto a machine connected to the LAN. This will involve setting up a TFTP server somewhere on your network:
Now follow the instructions for installing the VxWorks boot image for your controller card. Below, I mention some caveats for various boards.
The MVME2700 and MVME5100 have of soldered flash EPROM as well as 1MB of socketed Flash EPROM. [The MVME2700 has 4 MB of soldered flash and the MVME5100 uses four 4 MB soldered AMD-D323GT90V1 chips for bank "A" (for a total of 16 MB) and two 512 KB 32-pin AM29LV040B chips for bank "B"]
The goal is to load the vxWorks boot image into the soldered EPROM in bank "A" (faster CPU access) while operating under the PPCx-Bug image installed in the socketed flash in bank "B". Then we boot into the new OS on the soldered flash.
A board jumper determines which EPROM to boot from. For the MVME2700, it's J9 "(near the board's bottom handle)". For the MVME5100, it's J7 "(next to the screw holding down the heatsink)". Remove power from the crate. Set this jumper so that it connects pins 2 and 3. This selects the socketed EPROM bank "B." We now attempt to put the vxWorks boot image into the soldered flash in bank "A."
Connect the ethernet cable to the controller (or 761 transition board), and power up the system. You should see the following line in the boot sequence:
Reset Vector Location : ROM Bank B
Once you get to the "PPCx-Bug>" prompt, the first order of business is to set the system clock:
set MMDDYYhhmmI typically set GMT. You can query the time using the "time" command.
Now we need to tell the computer from where to download the image. This is done using the program "niot." The "Client IP Address" will be the IP address of the board and the "Server IP Address" is the IP address of the machine which has the image.
A response of "." to any question exits the program.
PCx-Bug> niot Controller LUN =00? Device LUN =00? Node Control Memory Address =xxxxxxxx? Client IP Address =0.0.0.0? 164.54.204.xxx Server IP Address =0.0.0.0? 164.54.204.yyy Subnet IP Address Mask =255.255.255.0? Broadcast IP Address =255.255.255.255? 22.214.171.124 Gateway IP Address =0.0.0.0? 164.54.204.___ Boot File Name ("NULL" for None) =? . Update Non-Volatile RAM (Y/N)? y PPCx-Bug>
Let's test that setting with the "nping" command:
PPCx-Bug>nping 0 0 164.54.204.xxx 164.54.204.yyy 1Which asks the source (164.54.204.x) to ping the destination (164.54.204.y) one time (the last parameter is in hexadecimal). You should get the response
Source IP Address = 164.54.204.xxx Destination IP Address = 164.54.204.yyy Number of Packets Transmitted =1, Packets Lost =0, Packet Size =128
server# arp -s <client IP> <client ethernet address>Don't forget to add the colons to the ethernet address (cnfg will just show a string of 12 hex characters).
Once this works, the image is downloaded (via tftp) into memory via the "niop" command. "The file name below is set to the location of the boot image in [the server's] TFTP area:"
PPCx-Bug> niop Controller LUN =00? Device LUN =00? Get/Put =G? File Name =? vxworks/bootrom.mvXXXX Memory Address =00004000? Length =00000000? Byte Offset =00000000? ... PPCx-Bug>Notice that the image begins at address 4000.
"[Finally], the "pflash" command is used to put [the boot image] into the FLASH chips soldered onto the mezzanine board." The command is defined as
pflash <Source Base Address>:<Source End Address> <Destination Address>For the MVME2700 the destination address is FF000100. However, for the MVME5100 the destination address depends on the size of the soldered flash.
64 KB of processor memory (beginning at FEF80000) is devoted to the system memory controller (SMC) registers. The "ROM A" base address is loated in the 12 bits beginning at FEF80050. Type:
PPC6-Bug> md fef80050 FEF80050 F40C0006 00000000 FF800006 00000000 ................ FEF80060 00000000 00000000 00000000 00000000 ................So the ROM A flash addressing begins at F4000000 (the "C" in the lowest four bits of the second byte means that rom_a_64=1 (64 bits wide) and the size of ROM A is "100" which is code for 16 MB). We begin loading the flash memory 256 bits (32 bytes) in. In this case, that would be at address F4000100. So now type:
PPCx-Bug> pflash 4000:FFF00 <DEST>where <DEST> = FF000100 for an MVME2700 or F4000100 for the MVME5100 described above.
Program FLASH Memory (Y/N)? y ... FLASH Memory Programming Complete PPCx-Bug>At this point, we can boot from the vxWorks image. Power down the crate and replace the ROM select jumper (J9 or J7) across pins 1 and 2. When power is re-applied, the vxWorks boot countdown should start. "You'll need to stop this before it finishes to set the vxWorks boot parameters...."
End of thievery, Andrew ;-)
= Configuring the Network (rsh issues)
At this point we need to delineate the host linux box. We have decided to use "rsh" which, as you know, is not terribly secure. The following circumstances seem to make RSH "ok" for now:
poll: protocol failure in circuit setup
Set up rsh and place the current vxWorks binary under
= Configuring the vxWorks Boot Program
Now that the vxWorks boot executable has been loaded into flash memory, we need to configure it to download the actual vxWorks OS. This is done by halting the auto-boot and typing "c" at the "[VxWorks Boot]:" prompt. The following is a description of our configuration:
[VxWorks Boot]: c '.' = clear field; '-' = go to previous field; ^D = quit boot device : dc0 / fei0 processor number : 0 host name : iochost file name : /home/username/crate3/mv2700-asd4 inet on ethernet (e) : 164.54.204.xx:aabbccdd inet on backplane (b): host inet (h) : 164.54.204.yy gateway inet (g) : user (u) : username ftp password (pw) (blank = use rsh): flags (f) : 0x0 target name (tn) : crate3 startup script (s) : /home/username/crate3/st.cmd other (o) :
|Useful vxWorks Commands|
|version||Prints out the vxWorks version information and boot line|
|i||Equivalent to linux "ps"|
|<||Imports a text file of commands (e.g. < my_script )|
|ld <||Imports compiled code (e.g, ld < iocCore )|
Dump memory starting at hex location address
In some cases, "d" will fail. Here is one reason from the documention of a card:
"NOTE: the VSAM data must be accessed as A24/D32. If you attempt to access the VSAM data from the vxWorks shell, using the "d" command, you will get an access violation. This is because "d" accesses the data 1-byte at a time."
|vxMemProbe(0xaddress, RW, BYTES, LVAR)||
Will probe an address and trap bus errors (exit -1 if bus error)
Use: ioc> x = 1 ioc> vxMemProbe (0xaddress, 0x0, 4, &x) ioc> x value = 0xVALUERW is 0x0 for read and 0x1 for write
LVAR is the variable to read into or write from ADDRESS
|sysBusToLocalAdrs(0xAMC, 0xaddress, &VARIABLE)||
Will tell you where a VME bus address is mapped to in VxWorks memory.
Use: ioc> x = 1 ioc> sysBusToLocalAdrs(0x39, 0xBUS_ADDRESS, &x) ioc> x value = 0xLOCAL_ADDRESSThe Address Modifier Codes are found in vme.h
0x09 A32 "user privilege" Data 0x0a A32 "user privilege" program instruction fetch 0x0b A32 "user privilege" Block Transfer *0x0d A32 "supervisor priv" Data 0x0e A32 "supervisor priv" program instruction fetch 0x0f A32 "supervisor priv" Block transfer 0x29 A16 "user privilege" I/O *0x2d A16 "supervisor priv" I/O 0x39 A24 "user privilege" Data 0x3a A24 "user privilege" program instruction fetch 0x3b A24 "user privilege" Block transfer *0x3d A24 "supervisor priv" Data 0x3e A24 "supervisor priv" program instruction fetch 0x3f A24 "supervisor priv" Block transfer * = AMCs of choice
We have a Struck scaler at address $a0 00 00 00. The first four bytes of address space are its control register. Bit "0" lights the lamp if set. We can light the user lamp thusly:
First, because we must read and write four bytes at a time, let's find out what's there before we mess with it:
ioc> x = 0 ; vxMemProbe(0xa0000000, 0x0, 4, &x) ; x x = 0x6d5e28: value = 0 = 0x0 value = 0 = 0x0 x = 0x6d5e28: value = 9380232 = 0x8f2188So we know that the four bytes are 00 8f 21 88. To light the user lamp, we set bit zero: