Polaris: A system-level roadmap for on-chip interconnection networks

Vassos Soteriou, Noel Eisley, Hangsheng Wang, Bin Li, Li Shiuan Peh

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Technology trends are driving parallel on-chip architectures in the form of multi-processor systems-on-a-chip (MPSoCs) and chip multi-processors (CMPs). In these systems the increasing on-chip communication demand among the computation elements necessitates the use of scalable, nigh-bandwidth network-on-chip (NoC) fabrics. As transistor feature sizes are further miniaturized leading to rapidly increasing amounts of on-chip resources, more complicated and powerful NoC architectures become feasible that can support more sophisticated and demanding applications. Given tne myriad emerging software-hardware combinations, for cost-effectiveness, a system designer critically needs to prune this widening NoC design space to identify the architecture(s) that best balance(s) cost/performance, before the actual design process begins. This prompted us to develop Polaris1, a system-level roadmap for onchip interconnection networks that guides designers towards the most suitable network design(s) tailored to their performance needs and power/silicon area constraints with respect to a range of applications that will run over this network(s). Polaris explores tne plethora of NoC designs based on projections of network traffic, architectures, and process characteristics. While the Polaris roadmapping toolchain is extensible so new traffic, network designs, and processes can be added, the current version of the roadmap already incorporates 7,872 NoC design points. Polaris is rapid and iterates over all these NoC architectures within a tractable run time of 125 hours on a typical desktop machine, while maintaining high relative and absolute accuracies when validated against detailed NoC synthesis results.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages8
StatePublished - 2006
Event24th International Conference on Computer Design 2006, ICCD - San Jose, CA, United States
Duration: Oct 1 2006Oct 4 2006


Other24th International Conference on Computer Design 2006, ICCD
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Jose, CA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Software


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