Houston, Tex.VMETRO has released a free utility called the Vanguard Host Exerciser for developers of PCI Express, PCI-X and PCI systems.
The Vanguard Host Exerciser is a powerful utility that enables the user togenerate PCIe, PCI-X or PCI traffic, perform memory testing, scan theconfiguration space, build scripts and perform many other tasks.
The Host Exerciser uses the root complex or host bridge to generate traffic to the end-point/peripheral slot in Windows 2000 or XP systems. The Host Exerciser is controlled by VMETRO's BusView application software running on the same computer, or via an Ethernet connection for the convenience of remote operation.
This software allows a user to view captured trace files acquired from a VMETRO Vanguard Analyzer, and build/generate Host Exerciser scripts.
“The ability to easily generate transactions, peek or poke registers, scan configuration space, modify memory locations, save memory regions to disk and perform many other tasks offers a wealth of productive tools to the user at no cost,” says Espen Boch, Engineering Manager at VMETRO, in a statement.
The Vanguard Host Exerciser is included with the BusView GUI for all VMETRO Vanguard and Vanguard Express analyzers. The Host Exercisercan be used with or without a Vanguard or Vanguard Express analyzer,and is available for download at www.vmetro.com/busview.
VMETRO, 1 (281) 584-0728, www.vmetro.com