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Trading Hardware Overhead for Communication Performance in Mesh-Type Topologies

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Trading Hardware Overhead for Communication Performance in Mesh-Type Topologies
—Several alternatives of mesh-type topologies have been published for the use in Networks-on-Chip. Due to their regularity, mesh-type topologies often serve as a foundation to investigate new ideas or to customize the topology to application-specific needs. This paper analyzes existing meshtype topologies and compares their characteristics in terms of communication and implementation costs. Furthermore, this paper proposes BEAM (Border-Enhanced Mesh) − a meshtype topology for Networks-on-Chip. BEAM uses concentration while necessitating only low-radix routers. Thereto, additional resources are connected to the outer boundaries of a conventional mesh. As a result, overall bandwidth is traded off against hardware overhead. In conclusion, simulation and synthesis results show that the conventional mesh stands out due to its communication performance, whereas clustered and concentrated topologies offer the least hardware overhead. BEAM ranges in between and is an option to balance hard...
Claas Cornelius, Philipp Gorski, Stephan Kubisch,
Added 06 Dec 2010
Updated 06 Dec 2010
Type Conference
Year 2010
Where DSD
Authors Claas Cornelius, Philipp Gorski, Stephan Kubisch, Dirk Timmermann
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