Low-power and error protection coding for network-on-chip traffic
2008 (English)In: IET Computers and Digital Techniques, ISSN 1751-8601, Vol. 2, no 6, 483-492 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The power consumption of the network-on-chip communication backbone is explored and the effectiveness of low-power encoding and error protection techniques is analysed. For the switch under the study, a Nostrum defective routing switch, simulations and power analysis suggest that only a minor fraction of the power is dissipated in the logic blocks, whereas the major part is due to the interconnection wires. The authors have investigated a number of low-power and data protection mechanisms and studied their impact on power consumption of the whole network. The bus-invert encoding scheme and a limited set of Hamming data protection codes have been implemented on both data link and at the network layer. However, it turned out that all low-power data encoding schemes have little potential to decrease power consumption due to the significant overhead. On the other hand, error protection mechanisms have a significant potential to decrease power consumption because they allow to operate the network at a lower voltage. The authors' experiments show a 20% decrease of power consumption for a given error rate and for a given performance.
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2008. Vol. 2, no 6, 483-492 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-18018DOI: 10.1049/iet-cdt:20050060ISI: 000261302500007ScopusID: 2-s2.0-54949138429OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-18018DiVA: diva2:336063
QC 20100525. QC 201201192010-08-052010-08-052012-01-19Bibliographically approved