Communication synthesis of networks-on-chip (NoC)
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The emergence of networks-on-chip (NoC) as the communication infrastructure solution for complex multi-core SoCs presents communication synthesis challenges. This dissertation addresses the design and run-time management aspects of communication synthesis. Design reuse and the infeasibility of Intellectual Property (IP) core interface redesign, requires the development of a Core-Network Interface (CNI) which allows them to communicate over the on-chip network. The absence of intelligence amongst the NoC components, entails the introduction of a CNI capable of not only providing basic packetization and depacketization, but also other essential services such as reliability, power management, reconguration and test support. A generic CNI architecture providing these services for NoCs is proposed and evaluated in this dissertation. Rising on-chip communication power costs and reliability concerns due to these, motivate the development of a peak power management technique that is both scalable to dierent NoCs and adaptable to varying trac congurations. A scalable and adaptable peak power management technique - SAPP - is proposed and demonstrated. Latency and throughput improvements observed with SAPP demonstrate its superiority over existing techniques. Increasing design complexity make prediction of design lifetimes dicult. Post SoC deployment, an on-line health monitoring scheme, is essential to maintain con- dence in the correct operation of on-chip cores. The rising design complexity and IP core test costs makes non-concurrent testing of the IP cores infeasible. An on-line scheme capable of managing IP core test in the presence of executing applications is essential. Such a scheme ensures application performance and system power budgets are eciently managed. This dissertation proposes Concurrent On-Line Test (COLT) for NoC-based systems and demonstrates how a robust implementation of COLT using a Test Infrastructure-IP (TI-IP) can be used to maintain condence in the correct operation of the SoC.
Bhojwani, Praveen Sunder (2007). Communication synthesis of networks-on-chip (NoC). Doctoral dissertation, Texas A&M University. Available electronically from