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Issue No.03 - May/June (2006 vol.26)
pp: 10-23
Michael Kistler , IBM Austin Research Laboratory
Fabrizio Petrini , Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
ABSTRACT
Multicore designs promise various power-performance and area-performance benefits. But inadequate design of the on-chip communication network can deprive applications of these benefits. To illuminate this important point in multicore processor design, the authors analyze the Cell processor's communication network, using a series of benchmarks involving DMA traffic patterns and synchronization protocols.
INDEX TERMS
Cell Broadband Engine processor, multiprocessor communication network
CITATION
Michael Kistler, Fabrizio Petrini, "Cell Multiprocessor Communication Network: Built for Speed", IEEE Micro, vol.26, no. 3, pp. 10-23, May/June 2006, doi:10.1109/MM.2006.49