In this paper, we study two hierarchical N-Body methods for Network-on-Chip (NoC) architectures. The modern Chip Multiprocessor (CMP) designs are mainly based on the shared-bus communication architecture. As the number of cores increases, it suffers from high communication delays. Therefore, NoC based architecture is proposed. The N-Body problem is a classical problem of approximating the motion of bodies. Two methods, namely Barnes-Hut (Barnes) and Fast Multipole (FMM), have been developed for fast simulation. The two algorithms have been implemented and studied in conventional computer systems and Graphics Processing Units (GPUs). However, as a promising unconventional multicore architecture, the evaluation of N-Body methods in a NoC platform has not been well addressed. We define a NoC model based on state-of-the-art systems. Evaluation results are presented using a cycle accurate full system simulator. Experiments show that, Barnes scales better (53.7x/Barnes and 36.6x/FMM for 64 processing elements) and requires less cache than FMM. However, we observe hot-spot traffic in Barnes. Our analysis and experiment results provide a guideline for studying N-Body methods in a NoC platform
2012. 365-374 p.