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Contrasting wavelength-routed optical NoC topologies for power-efficient 3D-stacked multicore processors using physical-layer analysis

By Luca Ramini, Paolo Grani, Sandro Bartolini and Davide Bertozzi


Optical networks-on-chip (ONoCs) are currently still in the concept stage, and would benefit from explorative studies capable of bridging the gap between abstract analysis frameworks and the constraints and challenges posed by the physical layer. This paper aims to go beyond the traditional comparison of wavelength-routed ONoC topologies based only on their abstract properties, and for the first time assesses their physical implementation efficiency in an homogeneous experimental setting of practical relevance. As a result, the paper can demonstrate the significant and different deviation of topology layouts from their logic schemes under the effect of placement constraints on the target system. This becomes then the preliminary step for the accurate characterization of technology-specific metrics such as the insertion loss critical path, and to derive the ultimate impact on power efficiency and feasibility of each design

Publisher: EDA Consortium
Year: 2013
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