A design space exploration of transmission-line links for on-chip interconnect

Aaron Carpenter, Jianyun Hu, Michael Huang, Hui Wu, Peng Liu
2011 IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Low Power Electronics and Design  
With increasing core count, chip multiprocessors (CMP) require a high-performance interconnect fabric that is energy-efficient. Well-engineered transmission line-based communication systems offer an attractive solution, especially for CMPs with a moderate number of cores. While transmission lines have been used in a wide variety of purposes, there lack comprehensive studies to guide architects to navigate the circuit and physical design space to make proper architecture-level analyses and
more » ... ffs. This paper makes a first-step effort in exploring part of the design space. Using detailed simulation-based analysis, we show that a shared-medium fabric based on transmission line can offer better performance and a much better energy profile than a conventional mesh interconnect.
doi:10.1109/islped.2011.5993647 fatcat:bhswpy27kzcwnjse77g7nj5m2i