Enabling On-chip Diversity Through Architectural Communication Design

TitleEnabling On-chip Diversity Through Architectural Communication Design
Publication TypeConference Papers
Year of Publication2004
AuthorsDumitras T, Kerner S, Marculescu R
Conference NameASP-DAC '04 Proceedings of the 2004 Asia and South Pacific Design Automation Conference
Date Published2004///
PublisherIEEE Press
ISBN Number0-7803-8175-0

In this paper, we explore a new concept, called on-chip diversity, and introduce a design methodology for such emerging systems. Simply speaking, on-chip diversity means mixing different architectures and/or technologies in a multiple voltage/frequency island setup in order to achieve the highest levels of performance, fault-tolerance and the needed flexibility in SoC design. As the main contribution, we present the challenges in implementing an efficient communication architecture for on-chip diversity and outline a unified framework which addresses some of these issues. We then provide comparative experimental results and make a qualitative analysis of different architectural choices in the design of the on-chip communication. Having the acoustic beamforming as driver application, we show that an efficient communication infrastructure can be constructed by carefully analyzing the characteristics of the application and the required levels of power, performance and fault-tolerance.