Developing reconfigurable FIFOs to optimize power/performance of Voltage/Frequency Island-based networks-on-chip
2010 (English)In: Proceedings of the 13th IEEE Symposium on Design and Diagnostics of Electronic Circuits and Systems, DDECS 2010, 2010, 105-110 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Network-on-chip architectures partitioned into several Voltage/Frequency Islands (VFIs) have been proposed to alleviate problems related to integration, excessive energy consumption and clock distribution. The architecture is composed of synchronous switches that communicate with each other using bi-synchronous FIFOs. However, these FIFOs are not needed if adjacent switches belong to the same clock domain. In this paper, a Reconfigurable Synchronous/Bi-Synchronous (RSBS) FIFO is proposed which can operate in either synchronous or bi-synchronous mode. The FIFO is scalable and synthesizable in synchronous standard cells and also a technique for mesochronous adaptation has been recommended. In addition, some techniques are suggested to show how the FIFO could be utilized in a VFI-based NoC. Our results reveal that compared to a non-reconfigurable system architecture, the RSBS FIFOs help to achieve up to 15% savings in average power consumption of NoC switches and 29% improvement in total average packet latency in the case of MPEG-4 encoder application.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2010. 105-110 p.
Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Information Engineering
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-74762DOI: 10.1109/DDECS.2010.5491809ScopusID: 2-s2.0-77954949393ISBN: 978-142446613-9OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-74762DiVA: diva2:489963
13th IEEE International Symposium on Design and Diagnostics of Electronic Circuits and Systems, DDECS 2010. Vienna. 14 April 2010 - 16 April 2010
QC 201202062012-02-032012-02-032015-07-29Bibliographically approved