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Issue No. 03 - May/June (2006 vol. 26)
ISSN: 0272-1732
pp: 10-23
Michael Kistler , IBM Austin Research Laboratory
Michael Perrone , IBM TJ Watson Research Center
Fabrizio Petrini , Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
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.
Cell Broadband Engine processor, multiprocessor communication network

M. Perrone, M. Kistler and F. Petrini, "Cell Multiprocessor Communication Network: Built for Speed," in IEEE Micro, vol. 26, no. , pp. 10-23, 2006.
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