A network on chip architecture and design methodology
2002 (English)In: VLSI 2002: IEEE COMPUTER SOCIETY ANNUAL SYMPOSIUM ON VLSI - NEW PARADIGMS FOR VLSI SYSTEMS DESIGN, IEEE conference proceedings, 2002, 105-112 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
We propose a packet switched platform for single chip systems which scales well to an arbitrary number of processor like resources. The platform, which we call Network-on-Chip (NOC), includes both the architecture and the design methodology. The NOC architecture is a m x n mesh of switches and resources are placed on the slots formed by the switches. We assume a direct layout of the 2-D mesh of switches and resources providing physical- architectural level design integration. Each switch is connected to one resource and four neighboring switches, and each resource is connected to one switch. A resource can be a processor core, memory, an FPGA, a custom hardware block or any other intellectual property (LP) block, which fits into the available slot and complies with the interface of the NOC. The NOC architecture essentially is the onchip communication infrastructure comprising the physical layer, the data link layer and the network layer of the OSI protocol stack. We define the concept of a region, which occupies an area of any number of resources and switches. This concept allows the NOC to accommodate large resources such as large memory banks, FPGA areas, or special purpose computation resources such as high performance multiprocessors. The NOC design methodology consists of two phases. In the first phase a concrete architecture is derived from the general NOC template. The concrete architecture defines the number of switches and shape of the network, the kind and shape of regions and the number and kind of resources. The second phase maps the application onto the concrete architecture to form a concrete product.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
IEEE conference proceedings, 2002. 105-112 p.
Communication switching, Computer architecture, Concrete, Design methodology, Field programmable gate arrays, Hardware, Network-on-a-chip, Packet switching, Shape, Switches
Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Information Engineering
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-46709DOI: 10.1109/ISVLSI.2002.1016885ISI: 000176274900019ISBN: 0-7695-1486-3OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-46709DiVA: diva2:454023
IEEE Computer Society Annual Symposium on VLSI, 2002
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