Date of Award
Master of Applied Science (MASc)
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Gul N. Khan
Network-on-Chip (NoC) communication interconnects have emerged as a solution to complex heterogeneous core systems such as those found in Multiprocessor System-on-Chip architectures. Many previous works have used the objectives of power or performance during topology synthesis for regular or application specific based NoC design. However, given the crucial requirements and demands of future on-chip applications, it is imperative that designs consider both power and performance aspects, in addition to other important system constraints. Therefore, in order to address such issues, this thesis work presents a multi-objective Tabu search based topology synthesis technique for designing power and performance efficient Network-on-Chip architectures. The methodology incorporates an analytical and simulation approach in order to compromise between computational time and effort within the algorithm. Furthermore, this work also presents a novel approach for a power and performance tradeoff during contention and deadlock removal within synthesis. The proposed method was tested using seven different multimedia and network benchmark application, where results displayed an increase in performance and decrease in power dissipation in comparison to other previous application specific and regular mesh designs. The analysis method was successful during topology generation, yielding an overall accuracy rate deviation of 19.8% within the worst case scenario.
Tino, Anita, "Multi-objective Tabu search based topology synthesis for designing power and performance efficient NoC architectures" (2011). Theses and dissertations. Paper 729.