A Low-power network-on-chip architecture for tile-based chip multi-processors

Anastasios Psarras, Junghee Lee, Pavlos Mattheakis, Chrysostomos Nicopoulos, Giorgos Dimitrakopoulos

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15 Citations (Scopus)


Technology scaling of tiled-based CMPs reduces the physical size of each tile and increases the number of tiles per die. This trend directly impacts the on-chip interconnect; even though the tile population increases, the inter-tile link distances scale down proportionally to the tile dimensions. The decreasing inter-tile wire lengths can be exploited to enable swift link traversal between neighboring tiles, after appropriate wire engineering. Building on this premise, we propose a technique to rapidly transfer flits between adjacent routers in half a clock cycle, by utilizing both edges of the clock during the sending and receiving operations. Half-cycle link traversal enables, for the first time, substantial reductions in (a) link power, irrespective of the data switching profile, and (b) buffer power (through buffer-size reduction), without incurring any latency/throughput loss. In fact, the proposed architecture also yields some latency improvements over a baseline NoC. Detailed hardware analysis using placed-and-routed designs, and cycle-accurate full-system simulations corroborate the significant power and latency improvements.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGLSVLSI 2016 - Proceedings of the 2016 ACM Great Lakes Symposium on VLSI
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781450342742
Publication statusPublished - 2016 May 18
Externally publishedYes
Event26th ACM Great Lakes Symposium on VLSI, GLSVLSI 2016 - Boston, United States
Duration: 2016 May 182016 May 20

Publication series

NameProceedings of the ACM Great Lakes Symposium on VLSI, GLSVLSI


Conference26th ACM Great Lakes Symposium on VLSI, GLSVLSI 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering


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