This book targets engineers and researchers familiar with basic computer architecture concepts who are interested in learning about on-chip networks. This work is designed to be a short synthesis of the most critical concepts in on-chip network design. It is a resource for both understanding on-chip network basics and for providing an overview of state of the-art research in on-chip networks. We believe that an overview that teaches both fundamental concepts and highlights state-of-the-art designs will be of great value to both graduate students and industry engineers. While not an exhaustive text, we hope to illuminate fundamental concepts for the reader as well as identify trends and gaps in on-chip network research. With the rapid advances in this field, we felt it was timely to update and review the state of the art in this second edition. We introduce two new chapters at the end of the book. We have updated the latest research of the past years throughout the book and also expanded our coverage of fundamental concepts to include several research ideas that have now made their way into products and, in our opinion, should be textbook concepts that all on-chip network practitioners should know. For example, these fundamental concepts include message passing, multicast routing, and bubble flow control schemes.
Publisher: Morgan & Claypool Publishers
Number of pages: 210
Dimensions: 235 x 190 mm
Edition: 2nd Revised edition
"A comprehensive discourse on the relatively new area of on-chip networks (OCNs) is provided in this book. Research on on-chip networks blends divergent research topics from computer architecture, very-large-scale integration (VLSI), and networks. The target audiences of this book are engineers and researchers familiar with many basic computer architecture concepts who are interested in learning about on-chip networks. The authors are clearly successful in meeting the demand for this broad community of potential readers. They are also motivated to discuss topics ranging from basic concepts in on-chip networks to state-of-the-art design issues. Both of these objectives are nicely met by the authors, and thus the book can be used as a jump-start for newcomers to the OCN area." - Mohammed Ziaur Rahman for ACM Computing Reviews