A growing number of applications, with diverse requirements,
are integrated on the same System on Chip (SoC)
in the form of hardware and software Intellectual Property
(IP). The diverse requirements, coupled with the IPs being
developed by unrelated design teams, lead to multiple communication
paradigms, programming models, and interface
protocols that the on-chip interconnect must accommodate.
Traditionally, on-chip buses offer distributed shared memory
communication with established memory-consistency
models, but are tightly coupled to a specific interface protocol.
On-chip networks, on the other hand, offer layering
and interface abstraction, but are centred around point-topoint
streaming communication, and do not address issues
at the higher layers in the protocol stack, such as memoryconsistency
models and message-dependent deadlock.
In this work we introduce an on-chip interconnect and protocol
stack that combines streaming and distributed shared
memory communication. The proposed interconnect offers
an established memory-consistency model and does not restrict
any higher-level protocol dependencies. We present
the protocol stack and the architectural blocks and quantify
the cost, both on the block level and for a complete
SoC. For a multi-processor multi-application SoC with multiple
communication paradigms and programming models,
our proposed interconnect occupies only 4% of the chip area.
|Conference||international conference on Hardware/Software Codesign and System Synthesis, Grenoble,France|
|Period||11/10/09 → …|