Towards Open Network-on-Chip Benchmarks

TitleTowards Open Network-on-Chip Benchmarks
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsGrecu, C., A. Ivanov, R. Pande, A. Jantsch, E. Salminen, U. Ogras, and R. Marculescu
Conference NameNetworks-on-Chip, 2007. NOCS 2007. 1st International Symposium on
Pagination205 -205
Date Publishedmay.
Keywordsabstract benchmark applications, application programs, benchmark reliability, benchmark testing, communication architectures, complex multi core-multiprocessor systems, fault tolerance, integrated circuit design, integrated circuit reliability, integrated circuit testing, network-on-chip, NoC design aspects, on-chip communication fabric, open network-on-chip benchmarks, performance evaluation, post-manufacturing test, synthetic micro benchmarks, testability

Measuring and comparing performance, cost, and other features of advanced communication architectures for complex multi core/multiprocessor systems on chip is a significant challenge which has hardly been addressed so far. This document outlines the top-level view on a system of benchmarks for networks on chip (NoC), which intends to cover a wide spectrum of NoC design aspects, from application modeling to performance evaluation and post-manufacturing test and reliability. For performance benchmarking, requirements and features are described for application programs, synthetic micro-benchmarks, and abstract benchmark applications. Then, it proposes ways to measure and benchmark reliability, fault tolerance and testability of the on-chip communication fabric. This paper introduces the main concepts and ideas for benchmarking NoCs in a systematic and comparable way. It will be followed up by a report that will define a benchmark framework and the syntax of interfaces for benchmark programs that will allow the community to build-up a benchmark suite


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