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Issue No.05 - September/October (2007 vol.27)
pp: 41-50
Paul Gratz , The University of Texas at Austin
Changkyu Kim , Intel
Karthikeyan Sankaralingam , University of Wisconsin-Madison
Premkishore Shivakumar , The University of Texas at Austin
Stephen W. Keckler , The University of Texas at Austin
Doug Burger , The University of Texas at Austin
The TRIPS chip prototypes two networks on chip to demonstrate the viability of a routed interconnection fabric for memory and operand traffic. In a 170-million-transistor custom ASIC chip, these NoCs provide system performance within 28 percent of ideal noncontended networks at a cost of 20 percent of the die area. Our experience shows that NoCs are area- and complexity-efficient means of providing high-bandwidth, low-latency on-chip communication.
on-chip interconnection networks, multicore architectures, distributed architectures, packet-switching networks, communication, networking
Paul Gratz, Changkyu Kim, Karthikeyan Sankaralingam, Heather Hanson, Premkishore Shivakumar, Stephen W. Keckler, Doug Burger, "On-Chip Interconnection Networks of the TRIPS Chip", IEEE Micro, vol.27, no. 5, pp. 41-50, September/October 2007, doi:10.1109/MM.2007.90
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