Power over Ethernet
Power over Ethernet or PoE describes any of several standard or ad-hoc systems which pass electric power along with data on twisted pair Ethernet cabling. This allows a single cable to provide both data connection and electric power to devices such as wireless access points, IP cameras, VoIP phones. There are several common techniques for transmitting power over Ethernet cabling. Three of them have been standardized by IEEE 802.3 since 2003. These standards are known as Alternative A, Alternative B, 4PPoE. For 10BASE-T and 100BASE-TX, only two of the four signal pairs in typical Cat 5 cable are used. Alternative B separates the power conductors, making troubleshooting easier, it makes full use of all four twisted pairs in a typical Cat 5 cable. The positive voltage runs along pins 4 and 5, the negative along pins 7 and 8. Alternative A transports power on the same wires as data for 100 Mbit/s Ethernet variants; this is similar to the phantom power technique used for powering condenser microphones.
Power is transmitted on the data conductors by applying a common voltage to each pair. Because twisted-pair Ethernet uses differential signaling, this does not interfere with data transmission; the common-mode voltage is extracted using the center tap of the standard Ethernet pulse transformer. For Gigabit Ethernet and faster, all four pairs are used for data transmission, so both Alternatives A and B transport power on wire pairs used for data. 4PPoE provides power using all four pairs of a twisted-pair cable. This enables higher power for applications like PTZ cameras, high-performance wireless access points, or charging laptop batteries. In addition to standardizing existing practice for spare-pair, common-mode data pair power and 4-pair transmission, the IEEE PoE standards provide for signaling between the power sourcing equipment and powered device; this signaling allows the presence of a conformant device to be detected by the power source, allows the device and source to negotiate the amount of power required or available.
The original IEEE 802.3af-2003 PoE standard provides up to 15.4 W of DC power on each port. Only 12.95 W is assured to be available at the powered device. The updated IEEE 802.3at-2009 PoE standard known as PoE+ or PoE plus, provides up to 25.5 W of power for "Type 2" devices. The 2009 standard prohibits a powered device from using all four pairs for power. Both of these standards have since been incorporated into the IEEE 802.3-2012 publication. The IEEE 802.3bu-2016 amendment introduced single-pair Power over Data Lines for the single-pair Ethernet standards 100BASE-T1 and 1000BASE-T1 intended for automotive and industrial applications. On the two-pair or four-pair standards power is transmitted only between pairs, so that within each pair there is no voltage present other than that representing the transmitted data. With single-pair Ethernet, power is transmitted in parallel to the data. PoDL defines 10 power classes, ranging from.5 to 50 W. Looking at ways of increasing the amount of power transmitted, IEEE has defined IEEE 802.3bt 4PPoE in September 2018.
The standard introduces two additional power types: up to 55 W and up to 90-100 W. Each pair of twisted pairs needs to handle a current of up to 600 mA or 960 mA. Additionally, support for 2.5GBASE-T, 5GBASE-T and 10GBASE-T is included. This development opens the door to new applications and expands the use of applications such as high-performance wireless access points and surveillance cameras. Examples of devices powered by PoE include: VoIP phones IP cameras including pan–tilt–zoom cameras Wireless access points IPTV decoders Network routers A mini network switch installed in distant rooms, to support a small cluster of ports from one uplink cable. Intercom and public address systems and hallway speaker amplifiers Wall clocks in rooms and hallways, with time set using Network Time Protocol Outdoor roof mounted radios with integrated antennas, 4G/LTE, 802.11 or 802.16 based wireless CPEs used by wireless ISPs Outdoor point to point microwave and millimeter wave radios and some free space optics units featuring proprietary PoE Industrial control system components including sensors, meters etc.
Access control components including help-points, entry cards, keyless entry, etc. Intelligent lighting controllers and LED Lighting fixtures Stage and Theatrical devices, such as networked audio breakout and routing boxes Remote point of sale kiosks Inline Ethernet extenders "Power sourcing equipment" are devices that provide power on the Ethernet cable; this device may be a network switch called an endspan, or an intermediary device between a non-PoE-capable switch and a PoE device, an external PoE injector, called a midspan device. A "Powered device" is any device powered by PoE. Examples include wireless access points, VoIP phones, IP cameras. Many powered devices have an auxiliary power connector for an optional external power supply. Depending on the design, none, or all of the device's power can be supplied from the auxiliary port, with the auxiliary port sometimes acting as backup power in case PoE-supplied power fails. Advocates of PoE expect PoE to become a global long term DC power cabling standard and replace a multiplicity of individual AC adapters, which cannot be centrally managed.
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Ethernet over twisted pair
Ethernet over twisted pair technologies use twisted-pair cables for the physical layer of an Ethernet computer network. They are a subset of all Ethernet physical layers. Early Ethernet had used various grades of coaxial cable, but in 1984, StarLAN showed the potential of simple unshielded twisted pair; this led to the development of 10BASE-T and its successors 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T and 10GBASE-T, supporting speeds of 10, 100 Mbit/s and 1 and 10 Gbit/s respectively. All these standards use 8P8C connectors, the cables from Cat 3 to Cat 8; the first two early designs of twisted pair networking were StarLAN, standardized by the IEEE Standards Association as IEEE 802.3e in 1986, at one megabit per second, LattisNet, developed in January 1987, at 10 megabit per second. Both were developed before the 10BASE-T standard and used different signalling, so they were not directly compatible with it. In 1988 AT&T released StarLAN 10, named for working at 10 Mbit/s; the StarLAN 10 signalling was used as the basis of 10BASE-T, with the addition of link beat to indicate connection status.
Using twisted pair cabling, in a star topology, for Ethernet addressed several weaknesses of the previous standards: Twisted pair cables were in use for telephone service and were present in many office buildings, lowering overall cost The centralized star topology in use for telephone service and was a more common approach to cabling than the bus in earlier standards and easier to manage Using point-to-point links was less prone to failure and simplified troubleshooting compared to a shared bus Exchanging cheap repeater hubs for more advanced switching hubs provided a viable upgrade path Mixing different speeds in a single network became possible with the arrival of Fast Ethernet Depending on cable grades, subsequent upgrading to Gigabit Ethernet or faster could be accomplished by replacing the network switchesAlthough 10BASE-T is used as a normal-operation signaling rate today, it is still in wide use with NICs in Wake-on-LAN power-down mode and for special, low-power, low-bandwidth applications.
10BASE-T is still supported on most twisted-pair Ethernet ports with up to Gigabit Ethernet speed. The common names for the standards derive from aspects of the physical media; the leading number refers to the transmission speed in Mbit/s. BASE denotes; the T designates twisted pair cable. Where there are several standards for the same transmission speed, they are distinguished by a letter or digit following the T, such as TX or T4, referring to the encoding method and number of lanes. Most Ethernet cables are wired "straight-through". In some instances the "crossover" form may still be required. Cables for Ethernet may be wired to either the T568A or T568B termination standards at both ends of the cable. Since these standards differ only in that they swap the positions of the two pairs used for transmitting and receiving, a cable with T568A wiring at one end and T568B wiring at the other results in a crossover cable. A 10BASE-T or 100BASE-TX host uses a connector wiring called medium dependent interfaces, transmitting on pins 1 and 2 and receiving on pins 3 and 6 to a network device.
An infrastructure node accordingly uses a connector wiring called MDI-X, transmitting on pins 3 and 6 and receiving on pins 1 and 2. These ports are connected using a straight-through cable so each transmitter talks to the receiver on the other end of the cable. Nodes can have two types of ports: MDI or MDI-X. Hubs and switches have regular ports. Routers and end hosts have uplink ports; when two nodes having the same type of ports need to be connected, a crossover cable may be required for older equipment. Connecting nodes having different type of ports requires straight-through cable, thus connecting an end host to a hub or switch requires a straight-through cable. Some older switches and hubs provided a button to allow a port to act as either a normal or an uplink port, i.e. using MDI-X or MDI pinout respectively. Many modern Ethernet host adapters can automatically detect another computer connected with a straight-through cable and automatically introduce the required crossover, if needed. Most newer switches have auto MDI-X on all ports allowing all connections to be made with straight-through cables.
If both devices being connected support 1000BASE-T according to the standards, they will connect regardless of whether a straight-through or crossover cable is used. A 10BASE-T transmitter sends two differential voltages, +2.5 V or −2.5 V. A 100BASE-TX transmitter sends three differential voltages, +1 V, 0 V, or −1 V. Unlike earlier Ethernet standards using broadband and coaxial cable, such as 10BASE5 and 10BASE2, 10BASE-T does not specify the exact type of wiring to be used, but instead specifies certain characteristics that a cable must meet; this was done in anticipation of using 10BASE-T in existing twisted-pair wiring systems that did not conform to any specified wiring standard. Some of the specified characteristics are attenuation, characteristic impedance, timing jitter, propagation delay, several types of noise and crosstalk. Cable testers are available to check these parameters to determine if a cable can be used with 10BASE-T; these characteristics are expected to be met by 100 meters of 24-gauge unshielded twisted-pair cable.
However, with high quality cabling, reliable cable runs of 150 meters or longer are o
Attached Resource Computer NETwork is a communications protocol for local area networks. ARCNET was the first available networking system for microcomputers, it was applied to embedded systems where certain features of the protocol are useful. ARCNET was developed by principal development engineer John Murphy at Datapoint Corporation in 1976 under Victor Poor, announced in 1977, it was developed to connect groups of their Datapoint 2200 terminals to talk to a shared 8" floppy disk system. It was the first loosely coupled LAN-based clustering solution, making no assumptions about the type of computers that would be connected; this was in contrast to contemporary larger and more expensive computer systems such as DECnet or SNA, where a homogeneous group of similar or proprietary computers were connected as a cluster. The token-passing bus protocol of that I/O device-sharing network was subsequently applied to allowing processing nodes to communicate with each other for file-serving and computing scalability purposes.
An application could be developed in DATABUS, Datapoint's proprietary COBOL-like language and deployed on a single computer with dumb terminals. When the number of users outgrew the capacity of the original computer, additional'compute' resource computers could be attached via ARCNET, running the same applications and accessing the same data. If more storage was needed, additional disk resource computers could be attached; this incremental approach broke new ground and by the end of the 1970s over ten thousand ARCNET LAN installations were in commercial use around the world, Datapoint had become a Fortune 500 company. As microcomputers took over the industry, well-proven and reliable ARCNET was offered as an inexpensive LAN for these machines. ARCNET remained proprietary until the early-to-mid 1980s; this did not cause concern at the time. The move to non-proprietary, open systems began as a response to the dominance of International Business Machines and its Systems Network Architecture. In 1979, the Open Systems Interconnection Reference Model was published.
In 1980, Digital and Xerox published an open standard for Ethernet, soon adopted as the basis of standardization by the IEEE and the ISO. IBM responded by proposing Token ring as an alternative to Ethernet but kept such tight control over standardization that competitors were wary of using it. ARCNET was less expensive than either, more reliable, more flexible, by the late 1980s it had a market share about equal to that of Ethernet. Tandy/Radio Shack offered ARCNET as an application and file sharing medium for their TRS-80 Model II, Model 12, Model 16, Tandy 6000, Tandy 2000, Tandy 1000 and Tandy 1200 computer models. There were hooks in the Model 4P's ROM to boot from an ARCNET network; when Ethernet moved from co-axial cable to twisted pair and an "interconnected stars" cabling topology based on active hubs, it became much more attractive. Easier cabling, combined with the greater raw speed of Ethernet helped to increase Ethernet demand, as more companies entered the market the price of Ethernet started to fall—and ARCNET volumes tapered off.
In response to greater bandwidth needs, the challenge of Ethernet, a new standard called ARCnet Plus was developed by Datapoint, introduced in 1992. ARCnet Plus ran at 20 Mbit/s, was backward compatible with original ARCnet equipment. However, by the time ARCnet Plus products were ready for the market, Ethernet had captured the majority of the network market, there was little incentive for users to move back to ARCnet; as a result few ARCnet Plus products were produced. Those that were built by Datapoint, were expensive, hard to find. ARCNET was standardized as ANSI ARCNET 878.1. It appears this was when the name changed from ARCnet to ARCNET. Other companies entered the market, notably Standard Microsystems who produced systems based on a single VLSI chip developed as custom LSI for Datapoint, but made available by Standard Microsystems to other customers. Datapoint found itself in financial trouble and moved into video conferencing and custom programming in the embedded market. Though ARCNET is now used for new general networks, the diminishing installed base still requires support - and it retains a niche in industrial control.
Original ARCNET used RG-62/U coaxial cable of 93 Ω impedance and either passive or active hubs in a star-wired bus topology. At the time of its greatest popularity, this was a significant advantage of ARCNET over Ethernet. A star-wired bus was much easier to build and expand than the clumsy linear bus Ethernet of the time; the "interconnected stars" cabling topology made it easy to add and remove nodes without taking down the whole network, much easier to diagnose and isolate failures within a complex LAN. Another significant advantage ARCNET had over Ethernet was cable distance. ARCNET coax cable runs could extend 610 m between active hubs or between an active hub and an end node, while the RG-58'thin' Ethernet most used at that time was limited to a maximum run of 180 m from end to end. ARCNET had the disadvantage of requiring either an active or passive hub between nodes if there were more than two nodes in the network, while thin Ethernet allowed nodes to be spaced anywhere along the linear coax cable.
However, ARCNET passive hubs were inexpensive, being composed of a simple
10BASE5 was the first commercially available variant of Ethernet. 10BASE5 uses a stiff coaxial cable up to 500 metres in length. Up to 100 stations can be connected to the cable using vampire taps and share a single collision domain with 10 Mbit/s of bandwidth shared among them; the system is difficult to maintain. 10BASE5 was superseded by much cheaper and more convenient alternatives: first by 10BASE2 based on a thinner coaxial cable, once Ethernet over twisted pair was developed, by 10BASE-T and its successors 100BASE-TX and 1000BASE-T. As of 2003, IEEE 802.3 has deprecated this standard for new installations. The name 10BASE5 is derived from several characteristics of the physical medium; the 10 refers to its transmission speed of 10 Mbit/s. The BASE is short for baseband signalling, the 5 stands for the maximum segment length of 500 meters. For its physical layer 10BASE5 uses cable similar to RG-8/U coaxial cable but with extra braided shielding; this is a stiff, 0.375-inch diameter cable with an impedance of 50 ohms, a solid center conductor, a foam insulating filler, a shielding braid, an outer jacket.
The outer jacket is yellow-to-orange fluorinated ethylene propylene so it is called "yellow cable", "orange hose", or sometimes humorously "frozen yellow garden hose". 10BASE5 coaxial cables had a maximum length of 500 metres. Up to 100 nodes could be connected to a 10BASE5 segment. Transceiver nodes can be connected to cable segments with N connectors, or via a vampire tap, which allows new nodes to be added while existing connections are live. A vampire tap clamps onto the cable, a hole is drilled through the outer shielding, a spike is forced to pierce and contact the inner conductor while other spikes bite into the outer braided shield. Care is required to keep the outer shield from touching the spike. Transceivers should be installed only at precise 2.5-metre intervals. This distance was chosen to not correspond to the wavelength of the signal; these suitable points are marked on the cable with black bands. The cable is required to be one continuous run; as is the case with most other high-speed buses, segments must be terminated at each end.
For coaxial-cable-based Ethernet, each end of the cable has a 50 ohm resistor attached. This resistor is built into a male N connector and attached to the end of the cable just past the last device. With termination missing, or if there is a break in the cable, the signal on the bus will be reflected, rather than dissipated when it reached the end; this reflected signal is indistinguishable from a collision, prevents communication. Adding new stations to network is complicated by the need to pierce the cable; the cable is difficult to bend around corners. One improper connection can take down the whole network and finding the source of the trouble is difficult. Attachment Unit Interface EAD-socket This article is based on material taken from the Free On-line Dictionary of Computing prior to 1 November 2008 and incorporated under the "relicensing" terms of the GFDL, version 1.3 or later
Twisted pair cabling is a type of wiring in which two conductors of a single circuit are twisted together for the purposes of improving electromagnetic compatibility. Compared to a single conductor or an untwisted balanced pair, a twisted pair reduces electromagnetic radiation from the pair and crosstalk between neighboring pairs and improves rejection of external electromagnetic interference, it was invented by Alexander Graham Bell. In a balanced line, the two wires carry equal and opposite signals, the destination detects the difference between the two; this is known as differential signaling. Noise sources introduce signals into the wires by coupling of electric or magnetic fields and tend to couple to both wires equally; the noise thus produces a common-mode signal which can be canceled at the receiver when the difference signal is taken. Differential signaling starts to fail; this problem is apparent in telecommunication cables where pairs in the same cable lie next to each other for many miles.
Twisting the pairs counters this effect as on each half twist the wire nearest to the noise-source is exchanged. Provided the interfering source remains uniform, or nearly so, over the distance of a single twist, the induced noise will remain common-mode; the twist rate makes up part of the specification for a given type of cable. When nearby pairs have equal twist rates, the same conductors of the different pairs may lie next to each other undoing the benefits of differential mode. For this reason it is specified that, at least for cables containing small numbers of pairs, the twist rates must differ. In contrast to shielded or foiled twisted pair, UTP cable is not surrounded by any shielding. UTP is the primary wire type for telephone usage and is common for computer networking; the earliest telephones used open-wire single-wire earth return circuits. In the 1880s electric trams were installed in many cities. Lawsuits being unavailing, the telephone companies converted to balanced circuits, which had the incidental benefit of reducing attenuation, hence increasing range.
As electrical power distribution became more commonplace, this measure proved inadequate. Two wires, strung on either side of cross bars on utility poles, shared the route with electrical power lines. Within a few years, the growing use of electricity again brought an increase of interference, so engineers devised a method called wire transposition, to cancel out the interference. In wire transposition, the wires exchange position once every several poles. In this way, the two wires would receive similar EMI from power lines; this represented an early implementation of twisting, with a twist rate of about four twists per kilometre, or six per mile. Such open-wire balanced lines with periodic transpositions still survive today in some rural areas. Twisted-pair cabling was invented by Alexander Graham Bell in 1881. By 1900, the entire American telephone line network was either twisted pair or open wire with transposition to guard against interference. Today, most of the millions of kilometres of twisted pairs in the world are outdoor landlines, owned by telephone companies, used for voice service, only handled or seen by telephone workers.
Unshielded twisted pair cables are found in many Ethernet networks and telephone systems. For indoor telephone applications, UTP is grouped into sets of 25 pairs according to a standard 25-pair color code developed by AT&T Corporation. A typical subset of these colors shows up in most UTP cables; the cables are made with copper wires measured at 22 or 24 American Wire Gauge, with the colored insulation made from an insulator such as polyethylene or FEP and the total package covered in a polyethylene jacket. For urban outdoor telephone cables containing hundreds or thousands of pairs, the cable is divided into small but identical bundles; each bundle consists of twisted pairs. The bundles are in turn twisted together to make up the cable. Pairs having the same twist rate within the cable can still experience some degree of crosstalk. Wire pairs are selected to minimize crosstalk within a large cable. UTP cable is the most common cable used in computer networking. Modern Ethernet, the most common data networking standard, can use UTP cables.
Twisted pair cabling is used in data networks for short and medium length connections because of its lower costs compared to optical fiber and coaxial cable. UTP is finding increasing use in video applications in security cameras. Many cameras include a UTP output with screw terminals; as UTP is a balanced transmission line, a balun is needed to connect to unbalanced equipment, for example any using BNC connectors and designed for coaxial cable. Twisted pair cables incorporate shielding in an attempt to prevent electromagnetic interference. Shielding provides an electrically conductive barrier to attenuate electromagnetic waves external to the shield; such shielding can be applied to individual quads. Individual pairs are foil shielded, while an overall cable may use any of braided screen or foi
Ethernet is a family of computer networking technologies used in local area networks, metropolitan area networks and wide area networks. It was commercially introduced in 1980 and first standardized in 1983 as IEEE 802.3, has since retained a good deal of backward compatibility and been refined to support higher bit rates and longer link distances. Over time, Ethernet has replaced competing wired LAN technologies such as Token Ring, FDDI and ARCNET; the original 10BASE5 Ethernet uses coaxial cable as a shared medium, while the newer Ethernet variants use twisted pair and fiber optic links in conjunction with switches. Over the course of its history, Ethernet data transfer rates have been increased from the original 2.94 megabits per second to the latest 400 gigabits per second. The Ethernet standards comprise several wiring and signaling variants of the OSI physical layer in use with Ethernet. Systems communicating over Ethernet divide a stream of data into shorter pieces called frames; each frame contains source and destination addresses, error-checking data so that damaged frames can be detected and discarded.
As per the OSI model, Ethernet provides services up including the data link layer. Features such as the 48-bit MAC address and Ethernet frame format have influenced other networking protocols including Wi-Fi wireless networking technology. Ethernet is used in home and industry; the Internet Protocol is carried over Ethernet and so it is considered one of the key technologies that make up the Internet. Ethernet was developed at Xerox PARC between 1973 and 1974, it was inspired by ALOHAnet. The idea was first documented in a memo that Metcalfe wrote on May 22, 1973, where he named it after the luminiferous aether once postulated to exist as an "omnipresent, completely-passive medium for the propagation of electromagnetic waves." In 1975, Xerox filed a patent application listing Metcalfe, David Boggs, Chuck Thacker, Butler Lampson as inventors. In 1976, after the system was deployed at PARC, Metcalfe and Boggs published a seminal paper; that same year, Ron Crane, Bob Garner, Roy Ogus facilitated the upgrade from the original 2.94 Mbit/s protocol to the 10 Mbit/s protocol, released to the market in 1980.
Metcalfe left Xerox in June 1979 to form 3Com. He convinced Digital Equipment Corporation and Xerox to work together to promote Ethernet as a standard; as part of that process Xerox agreed to relinquish their'Ethernet' trademark. The first standard was published on September 1980 as "The Ethernet, A Local Area Network. Data Link Layer and Physical Layer Specifications"; this so-called DIX standard specified 10 Mbit/s Ethernet, with 48-bit destination and source addresses and a global 16-bit Ethertype-type field. Version 2 was published in November, 1982 and defines what has become known as Ethernet II. Formal standardization efforts proceeded at the same time and resulted in the publication of IEEE 802.3 on June 23, 1983. Ethernet competed with Token Ring and other proprietary protocols. Ethernet was able to adapt to market realities and shift to inexpensive thin coaxial cable and ubiquitous twisted pair wiring. By the end of the 1980s, Ethernet was the dominant network technology. In the process, 3Com became a major company.
3Com shipped its first 10 Mbit/s Ethernet 3C100 NIC in March 1981, that year started selling adapters for PDP-11s and VAXes, as well as Multibus-based Intel and Sun Microsystems computers. This was followed by DEC's Unibus to Ethernet adapter, which DEC sold and used internally to build its own corporate network, which reached over 10,000 nodes by 1986, making it one of the largest computer networks in the world at that time. An Ethernet adapter card for the IBM PC was released in 1982, and, by 1985, 3Com had sold 100,000. Parallel port based Ethernet adapters were produced with drivers for DOS and Windows. By the early 1990s, Ethernet became so prevalent that it was a must-have feature for modern computers, Ethernet ports began to appear on some PCs and most workstations; this process was sped up with the introduction of 10BASE-T and its small modular connector, at which point Ethernet ports appeared on low-end motherboards. Since Ethernet technology has evolved to meet new bandwidth and market requirements.
In addition to computers, Ethernet is now used to interconnect appliances and other personal devices. As Industrial Ethernet it is used in industrial applications and is replacing legacy data transmission systems in the world's telecommunications networks. By 2010, the market for Ethernet equipment amounted to over $16 billion per year. In February 1980, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers started project 802 to standardize local area networks; the "DIX-group" with Gary Robinson, Phil Arst, Bob Printis submitted the so-called "Blue Book" CSMA/CD specification as a candidate for the LAN specification. In addition to CSMA/CD, Token Ring and Token Bus were considered as candidates for a LAN standard. Competing proposals and broad interest in the initiative led to strong disagreement over which technology to standardize. In December 1980, the group was split into three subgroups, standardization proceeded separately for each proposal. Delays in the standards process put at risk the market introduction of the Xerox Star workstation and 3Com's Ethernet LAN products.
With such business implications in mind, David Liddle an
Ethernet flow control
Ethernet flow control is a mechanism for temporarily stopping the transmission of data on Ethernet family computer networks. The goal of this mechanism is to ensure zero packet loss in the presence of network congestion; the first flow control mechanism, the pause frame, was defined by the IEEE 802.3x standard. The follow-on priority-based flow control, as defined in the IEEE 802.1Qbb standard, provides a link-level flow control mechanism that can be controlled independently for each class of service, as defined by IEEE P802.1p and is applicable to data center bridging networks, to allow for prioritization of voice over IP, video over IP, database synchronization traffic over default data traffic and bulk file transfers. Ethernet is a popular family of computer network protocols. Flow control can be implemented at the data link layer. A sending station may be transmitting data faster; the first flow control mechanism, the pause frame, was defined by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers task force that defined full duplex Ethernet link segments.
The IEEE standard 802.3x was issued in 1997. An overwhelmed network node can send a pause frame, which halts the transmission of the sender for a specified period of time. A media access control frame is used to carry the pause command, with the Control opcode set to 0x0001. Only stations configured for full-duplex operation may send PAUSE frames; when a station wishes to pause the other end of a link, it sends a pause frame to either the unique 48-bit destination address of this link or to the 48-bit reserved multicast address of 01-80-C2-00-00-01. The use of a well-known address makes it unnecessary for a station to discover and store the address of the station at the other end of the link. Another advantage of using this multicast address arises from the use of flow control between network switches; the particular multicast address used is selected from a range of address which have been reserved by the IEEE 802.1D standard which specifies the operation of switches used for bridging. A frame with a multicast destination sent to a switch will be forwarded out to all other ports of the switch.
However, this range of multicast address is special and will not be forwarded by an 802.1D-compliant switch. Instead, frames sent to this range are understood to be frames meant to be acted upon only within the switch. A pause frame includes the period of pause time being requested, in the form of a two-byte, unsigned integer; this number is the requested duration of the pause. The pause time is measured in units of pause "quanta". By 1999, several vendors supported receiving pause frames, but fewer implemented sending them. One original motivation for the pause frame was to handle network interface controllers that did not have enough buffering to handle full-speed reception; this problem is not as common with advances in bus speeds and memory sizes. A more scenario is network congestion within a switch. For example, a flow can come into a switch on a higher speed link than the one it goes out, or several flows can come in over two or more links that total more than an output link's bandwidth.
These will exhaust any amount of buffering in the switch. However, blocking the sending link will cause all flows over that link to be delayed those that are not causing any congestion; this situation is a case of head-of-line blocking, can happen more in core network switches due to the large numbers of flows being aggregated. Many switches use a technique called virtual output queues to eliminate the HOL blocking internally, so will never send pause frames. Another effort began in March 2004, in May 2004 it became the IEEE P802.3ar Congestion Management Task Force. In May 2006 the objectives of the task force were revised to specify a mechanism to limit the transmitted data rate at about 1% granularity; the request was withdrawn and the task force was disbanded in 2008. Ethernet flow control disturbs the Ethernet class of service, as the data of all priorities are stopped to clear the existing buffers which might consist of low priority data; as a remedy to this problem, Cisco Systems came up with its own priority flow control extension of the standard protocol.
This mechanism uses 14 bytes of the 42-byte stuffing in a regular pause frame. The MAC control opcode for a Priority pause frame is 0x0101. Unlike the original pause, Priority pause indicates the pause time in quanta for each of eight priority classes separately; the Priority-based Flow Control project was authorized on March 2008 as IEEE 802.1 Qbb. Draft 2.3 was proposed on June 7, 2010. Claudio DeSanti of Cisco was editor; the effort was part of the data center bridging task group, which developed Fibre Channel over Ethernet. Explicit Congestion Notification IEEE 802.1 IEEE 802.3 "Ethernet Media Access Control - PAUSE Frames". TechFest Ethernet Technical Summary. 1999. Archived from the original on February 2012. Retrieved May 10, 2011. Tim Higgins. "When Flow Control is not a Good Thing". Small Net Builder. Retrieved May 10, 2011. Linux Tool for generating flow control PAUSE frames Python Tool to Generate PFC Frames "Ethernet Flow Control". Topics in High-Performance Messaging. Retrieved November 10, 2007.
IEEE 802.1Qbb Priority Flow Control