Although preliminary analysis frameworks point out the performance speed-ups achievable by on-chip networks with respect to state-of-the-art interconnects, the area concern remains one of the most daunting challenges to make this interconnect technology mainstream. A common approach to relieve the problem consists of sharing most of network interface resources among a number of processor cores. However, buffering resources need to be replicated and control logic reaches a complexity that limits maximum achievable frequency. This paper proposes full sharing of network interface resources, including buffers, thus trading performance for area. While area improvements are significant, a number of physical and system-level effects might mitigate performance degradation, making our technique a promising solution for area efficient network-on-chip realizations across a range of operating conditions.

Network Interface Sharing Techniques for Area Optimized NoC Architectures

MEDARDONI, Simone;BERTOZZI, Davide
2008

Abstract

Although preliminary analysis frameworks point out the performance speed-ups achievable by on-chip networks with respect to state-of-the-art interconnects, the area concern remains one of the most daunting challenges to make this interconnect technology mainstream. A common approach to relieve the problem consists of sharing most of network interface resources among a number of processor cores. However, buffering resources need to be replicated and control logic reaches a complexity that limits maximum achievable frequency. This paper proposes full sharing of network interface resources, including buffers, thus trading performance for area. While area improvements are significant, a number of physical and system-level effects might mitigate performance degradation, making our technique a promising solution for area efficient network-on-chip realizations across a range of operating conditions.
2008
9780769532776
network on chip; network interface; OCP
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