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Title: ArSMART : an improved SMART NoC design supporting arbitrary-turn transmission
Authors: Chen, Hui
Chen, Peng
Zhou, Jun
Duong, Luan H. K.
Liu, Weichen
Keywords: Engineering::Computer science and engineering
Issue Date: 2021
Source: Chen, H., Chen, P., Zhou, J., Duong, L. H. K. & Liu, W. (2021). ArSMART : an improved SMART NoC design supporting arbitrary-turn transmission. IEEE Transactions On Computer-Aided Design of Integrated Circuits and Systems.
Project: MoE2019-T2-1-071
Journal: IEEE Transactions on Computer-Aided Design of Integrated Circuits and Systems
Abstract: SMART NoC, which transmits unconflicted flits to distant processing elements (PEs) in one cycle through the express bypass, is a high-performance NoC design proposed recently. However, if contention occurs, flits with low priority would not only be buffered but also could not fully utilize bypass. Although there exist several routing algorithms that decrease contentions by rounding busy routers and links, they cannot be directly applicable to SMART since it lacks the support for arbitrary-turn (i.e. the number and direction of turns are free of constraints) routing. Thus, in this article, to minimize contentions and further utilize bypass, we propose an improved SMART NoC, called ArSMART, in which arbitrary-turn transmission is enabled. Specifically, ArSMART divides the whole NoC into multiple clusters where the route computation is conducted by the cluster controller and the data forwarding is performed by the bufferless reconfigurable router. Since the long-range transmission in SMART NoC needs to bypass the intermediate arbitration, to enable this feature, we directly configure the input and output ports connection rather than apply hop-by-hop table-based arbitration. To further explore the higher communication capabilities, effective adaptive routing algorithms that are compatible with ArSMART are proposed. The route computation overhead, one of the main concerns for adaptive routing algorithms, is hidden by our carefully designed control mechanism. Compared with the state-of-the-art SMART NoC, the experimental results demonstrate an average reduction of 40.7% in application schedule length and 29.7% in energy consumption.
ISSN: 0278-0070
DOI: 10.1109/TCAD.2021.3091961
DOI (Related Dataset): 10.21979/N9/18DIB5
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