A Predictable Communication Assist

Modern multi-processor systems need to provide guaranteed services to their users. A communication assist (CA) helps in achieving tight timing guarantees. In this paper, we present a CA for a tile-based MP-SoC. Our CA has smaller memory requirements and a lower latency than existing CAs. The CA has been implemented in hardware. We compare it with two existing DMA controllers. When compared with these DMAs, our CA is up-to 44% smaller in terms of equivalent gate count.

  • A Predictable Communication Assist
    A. Shabbir, S. Stuijk, A. Kumar, B. Theelen, B. Mesman and H. Corporaal.
    In Computing Frontiers, International Conference, CF 2010, Proceedings, pages 97-98. Bertinoro, Italy, 17-19 May, 2010. ACM Press, New York, NY, USA, 2010. (abstract, pdf, doi).