Task Mapping on SMART NoC: Contention Matters, Not the Distance

Lei Yang, Weichen Liu, Peng Chen, Nan Guan, Mengquan Li

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On-chip communication is the bottleneck of system performance for NoC-based MPSoCs. SMART, a recently proposed NoC architecture, enables single-cycle multi-hop communications. In SMART NoCs, unconflicted messages can go through an express bypass and the communication efficiency is significantly improved, while conflicted messages have to be buffered for guaranteed delivery with extra delays. Therefore, that performance of SMART NoC may be seriously degraded when communication contention increases. In this paper, we present task mapping techniques to address this problem for SMART NoCs, with the consideration of communication contention, rather than inter-processor distance, by minimizing conflicts and thus maximizing bypass utilization. We first model the entire problem by ILP formulations to find the theoretically optimal solution, and further propose polynomial-Time algorithms for contention-Aware task mapping and message priority assignment. Communicating tasks can be mapped to distant processors in SMART NoCs as long as conflict-free communication paths can be established and bypass can be enabled. Evaluation results on real benchmarks show an average of 44.1% and 32.8% improvement in communication efficiency and application performance compared to state-of-The-Art techniques. The proposed heuristic algorithms only introduce 1.9% performance difference compared to the ILP model and are more scalable to large-size NoCs.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 54th Annual Design Automation Conference 2017, DAC 2017
VolumePart 128280
ISBN (Electronic)9781450349277
Publication statusPublished - 18 Jun 2017
Event54th Annual Design Automation Conference, DAC 2017 - Austin, United States
Duration: 18 Jun 201722 Jun 2017


Conference54th Annual Design Automation Conference, DAC 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Modelling and Simulation


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