The reliability of networks-on-chip (NoC) is threatened by low yield and device wearout in aggressively scaled technology nodes. We propose ReliNoC, a network-on-chip architecture which can withstand failures, while maintaining not only basic connectivity, but also quality-of-service support based on packet priorities. Our network leverages a dual physical channel switch architecture which removes the control overhead of virtual channels (VCs) and utilizes the inherent redundancy within the 2-channel switch to provide spares for faulty elements. Experimental results show that ReliNoC provides 1.5 to 3 times better network physical connectivity in presence of several faults, and reduces the latency of both high and low priority traffic by 30 to 50%, compared to a traditional VC architecture. Moreover, it can tolerate up to 50 faults within an 8×8 mesh at only 10 and 40% latency overhead on control and data packets for PARSEC traces. Synthesis results show that our reliable architecture incurs only 13% area overhead on the baseline 2-channel switch.

ReliNoC: A reliable network for priority-based on-chip communication

KAKOEE, MOHAMMAD REZA;BENINI, LUCA
2011

Abstract

The reliability of networks-on-chip (NoC) is threatened by low yield and device wearout in aggressively scaled technology nodes. We propose ReliNoC, a network-on-chip architecture which can withstand failures, while maintaining not only basic connectivity, but also quality-of-service support based on packet priorities. Our network leverages a dual physical channel switch architecture which removes the control overhead of virtual channels (VCs) and utilizes the inherent redundancy within the 2-channel switch to provide spares for faulty elements. Experimental results show that ReliNoC provides 1.5 to 3 times better network physical connectivity in presence of several faults, and reduces the latency of both high and low priority traffic by 30 to 50%, compared to a traditional VC architecture. Moreover, it can tolerate up to 50 faults within an 8×8 mesh at only 10 and 40% latency overhead on control and data packets for PARSEC traces. Synthesis results show that our reliable architecture incurs only 13% area overhead on the baseline 2-channel switch.
Design, Automation & Test in Europe Conference & Exhibition (DATE), 2011
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Kakoee M.R. ; Bertacco V. ; Benini L.
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