19.3.10. Using Ethernet with the AEMv8-A Base Platform FVP

The AEMv8-A Base Platform FVPs provide you with a virtual Ethernet component. This is a model of the SMSC91C111 Ethernet controller, and uses a TAP device to communicate with the network. By default, the Ethernet component is disabled.

The AEMv8-A Base Platform FVP includes a software implementation of the SMSC91C111 Ethernet controller. Your target OS must therefore include a driver for this specific device, and you must configure the kernel to use the SMSC chip. Linux is the operating system that supports the SMSC91C111.

There are three configurable SMSC91C111 component parameters:


When the device is disabled, the kernel cannot detect it. For more information, see the SMSC_91C111 component section in the Fast Models Reference Manual. Figure 19.8 shows a block diagram of the model networking structure.

Figure 19.8. Model networking structure block diagram

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You must configure a HostBridge component to perform read and write operations on the TAP device. The HostBridge component is a virtual programmers view model, acting as a networking gateway to exchange Ethernet packets with the TAP device on the host, and to forward packets to NIC models.


If a MAC address is not specified, when the simulator is run, it takes a default MAC address, that is randomly-generated. This provides some degree of MAC address uniqueness when running models on multiple hosts on a local network.


The Ethernet component starts in promiscuous mode by default. This means that it receives all network traffic, even any not specifically addressed to the device. You must use this mode if you are using a single network device for multiple MAC addresses. Use this mode if, for example, you are sharing the same network card between your host OS and the AEMv8-A Base Platform FVP Ethernet component.

By default, the Ethernet device on the AEMv8-A Base Platform FVP has a randomly-generated MAC address and starts in promiscuous mode.

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