A Flexible Software/Hardware Adaptive Network for Embedded Distributed Architectures

Celine Azar
2021 Circuits and Systems An International Journal  
Embedded platforms are projected to integrate hundreds of cores in the near future, and expanding the interconnection network remains a key challenge. We propose SNet, a new Scalable NETwork paradigm that extends the NoCs area to include a software/hardware dynamic routing mechanism. To design routing pathways among communicating processes, it uses a distributed, adaptive, non-supervised routing method based on the ACO algorithm (Ant Colony Optimization). A small footprint hardware unit called
more » ... MC speeds up data transfer (Direct Management of Communications). SNet has the benefit of being extremely versatile, allowing for the creation of a broad range of routing topologies to meet the needs of various applications. We provide the DMC module in this work and assess SNet performance by executing a large number of test cases.
doi:10.5121/csij.2021.8301 fatcat:j47qdh26anc3jjpmbsqrx66hdq