Download Citation Email Print Request Permissions Save to Project Asynchronous networks-on-chip (NoCs) are an appealing solution to tackle the synchronization challenge in modern multicore systems through the implementation of a GALS paradigm. However, they have found only limited applicability so far due to two main reasons: the lack of proper design tool flows as well as their significant area footprint over their synchronous counterparts. This paper proposes a largely unexplored design point for asynchronous NoCs, relying on transition-signaling bundled data, which contributes to break the above barriers. Compared to an existing lightweight synchronous switch architecture, xpipesLite, the post-layout asynchronous switch achieved a 71% reduction in area, up to 85% reduction in overall power consumption, and a 44% average reduction in energy-per-flit, while mastering the more stringent timing assumptions of this solution with a semi-automated synthesis flow.

A transition-signaling bundled data NoC switch architecture for cost-effective GALS multicore systems

GHIRIBALDI, Alberto;BERTOZZI, Davide;
2013

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Download Citation Email Print Request Permissions Save to Project Asynchronous networks-on-chip (NoCs) are an appealing solution to tackle the synchronization challenge in modern multicore systems through the implementation of a GALS paradigm. However, they have found only limited applicability so far due to two main reasons: the lack of proper design tool flows as well as their significant area footprint over their synchronous counterparts. This paper proposes a largely unexplored design point for asynchronous NoCs, relying on transition-signaling bundled data, which contributes to break the above barriers. Compared to an existing lightweight synchronous switch architecture, xpipesLite, the post-layout asynchronous switch achieved a 71% reduction in area, up to 85% reduction in overall power consumption, and a 44% average reduction in energy-per-flit, while mastering the more stringent timing assumptions of this solution with a semi-automated synthesis flow.
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