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Opened 6 years ago

Closed 5 years ago

#519 closed enhancement (fixed)

Driver for the family of Realtek Gigabit Ethernet network cards

Reported by: Jakub Jermář Owned by:
Priority: major Milestone: 0.6.0
Component: helenos/net/other Version: mainline
Keywords: gsoc13, gsoc14 Cc:
Blocker for: Depends on:
See also: #426

Description (last modified by Martin Decky)

Implement a native HelenOS driver for one or more clones of the Realtek Gigabit Ethernet network interface card.

Details
The new driver should be realized as a module which plugs itself into the HelenOS networking stack and implements the network interface card interface in the Realtek device specific way.

There appears to be several clones and variants of Realtek Gigabit Ethernet, namely RTL8111/RTL8168/RTL8169. The driver should be implemented with this in mind to provide support for the widest range of Realtek gigabit ethernet clones.

What Gains and Benefits will this bring?
HelenOS will be able to make use of its networking capability on a wider spectrum of machines. The Realtek Gigabit Ethernet is commonly found on commodity PCs with AMD processors. The NICs from this family are the equivalent of the Intel Gigabit Ethernet as found on computers with Intel CPUs. HelenOS already supports the Intel Gigabit Ethernet and so supporting the other widespread gigabit ethernet is a logical direction of enhancement.
Difficulty
Medium to High
Required skills
A successful applicant will have good skills of programming in the C language and the ability to learn and use HelenOS specific I/O functions. A successful applicant should have a fair understanding of the workings of the networking stack and the NICF too.

The applicants should make sure they have physical access to a machine with one or more of these network cards. Several members of the HelenOS team are in possession of these NICs too.

Documentation
Possible mentors
HelenOS Core Team, Jakub Jermar, Martin Decky, Jiri Svoboda

Change History (5)

comment:1 Changed 6 years ago by Jakub Jermář

See also: #426

comment:2 Changed 6 years ago by Martin Decky

Description: modified (diff)

comment:3 Changed 5 years ago by Vojtech Horky

Keywords: gsoc14 added

comment:5 Changed 5 years ago by Jakub Jermář

Milestone: 0.6.0
Resolution: fixed
Status: newclosed

Merged in mainline,2158.

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