sk98lin


SYNOPSIS
       insmod       sk98lin.o       [Speed_A=i,j,...]        [Speed_B=i,j,...]
       [AutoNeg_A=i,j,...]   [AutoNeg_B=i,j,...]   [DupCap_A=i,j,...]    [Dup-
       Cap_B=i,j,...]         [FlowCtrl_A=i,j,...]        [FlowCtrl_B=i,j,...]
       [Role_A=i,j,...]    [Role_B=i,j,...]     [ConType=i,j,...]     [Modera-
       tion=i,j,...]     [IntsPerSec=i,j,...]     [PrefPort=i,j,...]    [Rlmt-
       Mode=i,j,...]

DESCRIPTION
       sk98lin is the Gigabit Ethernet driver for Marvell and SysKonnect
       network adapter cards.  It supports SysKonnect SK-98xx/SK-95xx
       compliant Gigabit Ethernet Adapter and any Yukon compliant chipset.

       When loading the driver using insmod, parameters for the network
       adapter cards might be stated as a sequence of comma separated
       commands.  If for instance two network adapters are installed and
       AutoNegotiation on Port A of the first adapter should be ON, but on the
       Port A of the second adapter switched OFF, one must enter:

          insmod sk98lin.o AutoNeg_A=On,Off

       After sk98lin is bound to one or more adapter cards and the /proc file
       system is mounted on your system, a dedicated statistics file will be
       created in folder /proc/net/sk98lin for all ports of the installed
       network adapter cards.  Those files are named eth[x] whereas x is the
       number of the interface that has been assigned to a dedicated port by
       the system.

       If loading is finished, any desired IP address can be assigned to the
       respective eth[x] interface using the ifconfig(8) command.  This causes
       the adapter to connect to the Ethernet and to display a status message
       on the console saying "ethx: network connection up using port y"
       followed by the configured or detected connection parameters.

       The sk98lin also supports large frames (also called jumbo frames).
       Using jumbo frames can improve throughput tremendously when
       transferring large amounts of data.  To enable large frames, the MTU
       (maximum transfer unit) size for an interface is to be set to a high
       value.  The default MTU size is 1500 and can be changed up to 9000
       (bytes).  Setting the MTU size can be done when assigning the IP
       address to the interface or later by using the ifconfig(8) command with
       the mtu parameter.  If for instance eth0 needs an IP address and a
       large frame MTU size, the following two commands might be used:

           ifconfig eth0 10.1.1.1
           ifconfig eth0 mtu 9000

       Those two commands might even be combined into one:

           ifconfig eth0 10.1.1.1 mtu 9000

       Note that large frames can only be used if permitted by your network
       infrastructure.  This means, that any switch being used in your

       The Marvell/SysKonnect Gigabit Ethernet driver for Linux is able to
       support VLAN and Link Aggregation according to IEEE standards 802.1,
       802.1q, and 802.3ad.  Those features are only available after
       installation of open source modules which can be found on the Internet:

       VLAN: http://www.candelatech.com/~greear/vlan.html
       Link Aggregation: http://www.st.rim.or.jp/~yumo

       Note that Marvell/SysKonnect does not offer any support for these open
       source modules and does not take the responsibility for any kind of
       failures or problems arising when using these modules.

   Parameters
       Speed_A=i,j,...
              This parameter is used to set the speed capabilities of port A
              of an adapter card.  It is only valid for Yukon copper adapters.
              Possible values are: 10, 100, 1000 or Auto whereas Auto is the
              default.  Usually, the speed is negotiated between the two ports
              during link establishment.  If this fails, a port can be forced
              to a specific setting with this parameter.

       Speed_B=i,j,...
              This parameter is used to set the speed capabilities of port B
              of an adapter card.  It is only valid for Yukon copper adapters.
              Possible values are: 10, 100, 1000 or Auto whereas Auto is the
              default.  Usually, the speed is negotiated between the two ports
              during link establishment.  If this fails, a port can be forced
              to a specific setting with this parameter.

       AutoNeg_A=i,j,...
              Enables or disables the use of autonegotiation of port A of an
              adapter card.  Possible values are: On, Off or Sense whereas On
              is the default.  The Sense mode automatically detects whether
              the link partner supports auto-negotiation or not.

       AutoNeg_B=i,j,...
              Enables or disables the use of autonegotiation of port B of an
              adapter card.  Possible values are: On, Off or Sense whereas On
              is the default.  The Sense mode automatically detects whether
              the link partner supports auto-negotiation or not.

       DupCap_A=i,j,...
              This parameter indicates the duplex mode to be used for port A
              of an adapter card.  Possible values are: Half, Full or Both
              whereas Both is the default.  This parameter is only relevant if
              AutoNeg_A of port A is not set to Sense.  If AutoNeg_A is set to
              On, all three values of DupCap_A ( Half, Full or Both) might be
              stated.  If AutoNeg_A is set to Off, only DupCap_A values Full
              and Half are allowed.  This DupCap_A parameter is useful if your
              link partner does not support all possible duplex combinations.

       DupCap_B=i,j,...
              This parameter indicates the duplex mode to be used for port B
              The different modes have the following meaning:

              Sym = Symmetric
               both link partners are allowed to send PAUSE frames
              SymOrRem = SymmetricOrRemote
               both or only remote partner are allowed to send PAUSE frames
              LocSend = LocalSend
               only local link partner is allowed to send PAUSE frames
              None = None
               no link partner is allowed to send PAUSE frames

              Note that this parameter is ignored if AutoNeg_A is set to Off.

       FlowCtrl_B=i,j,...
              This parameter can be used to set the flow control capabilities
              the port reports during auto-negotiation.  Possible values are:
              Sym, SymOrRem, LocSend or None whereas SymOrRem is the default.
              The different modes have the following meaning:

              Sym = Symmetric
               both link partners are allowed to send PAUSE frames
              SymOrRem = SymmetricOrRemote
               both or only remote partner are allowed to send PAUSE frames
              LocSend = LocalSend
               only local link partner is allowed to send PAUSE frames
              None = None
               no link partner is allowed to send PAUSE frames

              Note that this parameter is ignored if AutoNeg_B is set to Off.

       Role_A=i,j,...
              This parameter is only valid for 1000Base-T adapter cards.  For
              two 1000Base-T ports to communicate, one must take the role of
              the master (providing timing information), while the other must
              be the slave.  Possible values are: Auto, Master or Slave
              whereas Auto is the default.  Usually, the role of a port is
              negotiated between two ports during link establishment, but if
              that fails the port A of an adapter card can be forced to a
              specific setting with this parameter.

       Role_B=i,j,...
              This parameter is only valid for 1000Base-T adapter cards.  For
              two 1000Base-T ports to communicate, one must take the role of
              the master (providing timing information), while the other must
              be the slave.  Possible values are: Auto, Master or Slave
              whereas Auto is the default.  Usually, the role of a port is
              negotiated between two ports during link establishment, but if
              that fails the port B of an adapter card can be forced to a
              specific setting with this parameter.

       ConType=i,j,...
              This parameter is a combination of all five per-port parameters
              within one single parameter.  This simplifies the configuration
              of both ports of an adapter card.  The different values of this
              Stating any other port parameter together with this ConType
              parameter will result in a merged configuration of those
              settings.  This is due to the fact, that the per-port parameters
              (e.g.  Speed_A) have a higher priority than the combined
              variable ConType.

       Moderation=i,j,...
              Interrupt moderation is employed to limit the maximum number of
              interrupts the driver has to serve.  That is, one or more
              interrupts (which indicate any transmit or receive packet to be
              processed) are queued until the driver processes them.  When
              queued interrupts are to be served, is determined by the
              IntsPerSec parameter, which is explained later below.  Possible
              moderation modes are: None, Static or Dynamic whereas None is
              the default.  The different modes have the following meaning:

              None No interrupt moderation is applied on the adapter card.
              Therefore, each transmit or receive interrupt is served
              immediately as soon as it appears on the interrupt line of the
              adapter card.

              Static Interrupt moderation is applied on the adapter card.  All
              transmit and receive interrupts are queued until a complete
              moderation interval ends.  If such a moderation interval ends,
              all queued interrupts are processed in one big bunch without any
              delay.  The term Static reflects the fact, that interrupt
              moderation is always enabled, regardless how much network load
              is currently passing via a particular interface.  In addition,
              the duration of the moderation interval has a fixed length that
              never changes while the driver is operational.

              Dynamic Interrupt moderation might be applied on the adapter
              card, depending on the load of the system.  If the driver
              detects that the system load is too high, the driver tries to
              shield the system against too much network load by enabling
              interrupt moderation.  If--at a later time--the CPU utilization
              decreases again (or if the network load is negligible) the
              interrupt moderation will automatically be disabled.

              Interrupt moderation should be used when the driver has to
              handle one or more interfaces with a high network load, which--
              as a consequence--leads also to a high CPU utilization.  When
              moderation is applied in such high network load situations, CPU
              load might be reduced by 20-30% on slow computers.

              Note that the drawback of using interrupt moderation is an
              increase of the round-trip-time (RTT), due to the queuing and
              serving of interrupts at dedicated moderation times.

       IntsPerSec=i,j,...
              This parameter determines the length of any interrupt moderation
              interval.  Assuming that static interrupt moderation is to be
              used, an IntsPerSec parameter value of 2000 will lead to an
              interrupt moderation interval of 500 microseconds.  Possible
              moderation time might compensate the use of any moderation being
              applied.

       PrefPort=i,j,...
              This parameter is used to force the preferred port to A or B (on
              dual-port network adapters).  The preferred port is the one that
              is used if both ports A and B are detected as fully functional.
              Possible values are: A or B whereas A is the default.

       RlmtMode=i,j,...
              RLMT monitors the status of the port.  If the link of the active
              port fails, RLMT switches immediately to the standby link.  The
              virtual link is maintained as long as at least one "physical"
              link is up.  This parameters states how RLMT should monitor both
              ports.  Possible values are: CheckLinkState, CheckLocalPort,
              CheckSeg or DualNet whereas CheckLinkState is the default.  The
              different modes have the following meaning:

              CheckLinkState Check link state only: RLMT uses the link state
              reported by the adapter hardware for each individual port to
              determine whether a port can be used for all network traffic or
              not.

              CheckLocalPort In this mode, RLMT monitors the network path
              between the two ports of an adapter by regularly exchanging
              packets between them.  This mode requires a network
              configuration in which the two ports are able to "see" each
              other (i.e., there must not be any router between the ports).

              CheckSeg Check local port and segmentation: This mode supports
              the same functions as the CheckLocalPort mode and additionally
              checks network segmentation between the ports.  Therefore, this
              mode is only to be used if Gigabit Ethernet switches are
              installed on the network that have been configured to use the
              Spanning Tree protocol.

              DualNet In this mode, ports A and B are used as separate
              devices.  If you have a dual port adapter, port A will be
              configured as eth[x] and port B as eth[x+1].  Both ports can be
              used independently with distinct IP addresses.  The preferred
              port setting is not used.  RLMT is turned off.

              Note that RLMT modes CheckLocalPort and CheckLinkState are
              designed to operate in configurations where a network path
              between the ports on one adapter exists.  Moreover, they are not
              designed to work where adapters are connected back-to-back.

FILES
       /proc/net/sk98lin/eth[x]
              The statistics file of a particular interface of an adapter
              card.  It contains generic information about the adapter card
              plus a detailed summary of all transmit and receive counters.

       /usr/src/linux/Documentation/networking/sk98lin.txt
       This page is part of release 3.35 of the Linux man-pages project.  A
       description of the project, and information about reporting bugs, can
       be found at http://man7.org/linux/man-pages/.



Linux                             2007-11-25                        SK98LIN(4)
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