Fault-Tolerant Buffer Aware Round Robin Arbiter Design for NoC Architectures

Afshan Khan et. al.
2019 International Journal of Computing and Digital Systems  
An arbiter is identified as one of the critical components of the NoC router. Among various arbitration schemes, Round-Robin arbiter is one among the popular arbitration schemes. In this work we have proposed an arbitration scheme that will be able to solve the problem of constant wait time of a conventional Round-Robin arbiter and will provided some additional features as well. The superiority of the proposed design is its ability to overcome this constant wait time, by identifying the
more » ... e requirements of each port, based on information from respective buffers. The additional feature of the proposed algorithm is its fault-tolerant behavior for the errors related to buffer information. The proposed design is implemented using Vivado IDE and is verified on Zed-board Zynq-7000 FPGA platform. Simulation results reveal that the proposed algorithm has completely eradicated the drawback of constant wait time by performing arbitration dynamically. More importantly, it was observed that the proposed algorithm is tolerant to any temporary or permanent fault for deciding priorities. These major improvements in a Conventional round robin arbiter are achieved at the cost of 36% increase in area and a bonus 8% and 2% improvement in delay and operating frequency respectively.
doi:10.12785/ijcds/080307 fatcat:vqldd6nnbrhvdjl2yo67qorajq