Latency criticality aware on-chip communication

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Latency criticality aware on-chip communication
—Packet-switched interconnect fabric is a promising on-chip communication solution for many-core architectures. It offers high throughput and excellent scalability for on-chip data and protocol transactions. The main problem posed by this communication fabric is the potentially-high and nondeterministic network latency caused by router data buffering and resource arbitration. This paper describes a new method to minimize onchip network latency, which is motivated by the observation that only a small percentage of on-chip data and protocol traffic is latency-critical. Existing work focusing on minimizing average network latency is thus suboptimal. Such techniques expend most of the design, area, and power overhead accelerating latency-noncritical traffic for which there is no corresponding application-level speedup. We propose run-time techniques that identify latency-critical traffic by leveraging network data-transaction and protocol information. Latency-critical traffic is perm...
Zheng Li, Jie Wu, Li Shang, Robert P. Dick, Yihe S
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Type Conference
Year 2009
Where DATE
Authors Zheng Li, Jie Wu, Li Shang, Robert P. Dick, Yihe Sun
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