A low-latency modular switch for CMP systems

Autores UPV
Revista Microprocessors and Microsystems


As technology advances, the number of cores in Chip MultiProcessor systems and MultiProcessor Systems-on-Chips keeps increasing. The network must provide sustained throughput and ultra-low latencies. In this paper we propose new pipelined switch designs focused in reducing the switch latency. We identify the switch components that limit the switch frequency: the arbiter. Then, we simplify the arbiter logic by using multiple smaller arbiters, but increasing greatly the switch area. To solve this problem, a second design is presented where the routing traversal and arbitrations tasks are mixed. Results demonstrate a switch latency reduction ranging from 10% to 21%. Network latency is reduced in a range from 11% to 15%. © 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.