Publication: A cycle-accurate Network-on-Chip simulator with support for abstract task graph modeling 

Authors:
Joseph, J. M. ,  Pionteck, T.
Book Title:
International Symposium on System-on-Chip (SoC)
Pages:
p.p. 1-6
Date:
2014
DOI:
10.1109/ISSOC.2014.6972440
Language:
English

Abstract

This papers presents the design of a Network-on-Chip (NoC) simulator for design space exploration of router architectures. The simulator supports cycle-accurate router models and in addition allows the simulation of router architectures, which can adjust their processing according to the traffic type. Realistic traffic patterns are derived from task graph models of real-world applications that are simulated in parallel to the NoC at transaction level. Combining cycle-accurate router simulation and abstract task graph simulation circumvents the limitations of most NoC simulators, which either use synthetic traffic patterns or unrealistic and fixed router models. The proposed simulator architecture is presented in detail and its suitability is shown by means of a case study.

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