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MCSL


Realistic Network-on-Chip Traffic Patterns

As programs for microprocessor architectures, NoC traffic patterns are essential tools for NoC performance assessments and design explorations. The fidelity of NoC traffic patterns has profound influence on NoC studies. This project develops MCSL (multi-constraint system-level) NoC traffic patterns for NoC design and exploration.

Project Member: Zhongyuan Tian, Jiang Xu, Rafael Kioji Vivas Maeda, Haoran Li, Zhehui Wang, Luan H.K. Duong, Peng Yang, Zhifei Wang, Xuanqi Chen, Bin Li (Intel), Ravi Iyer (Intel), Ramesh Illikkal (Intel)

Maintained by: Zhongyuan Tian (ztianab@connect.ust.hk). If there is any inquiry or suggestion, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Past Member: Zhe Wang, Weichen Liu, Xiaowen Wu, Xuan Wang, Yaoyao Ye, Mahdi Nikdast

OVERVIEW

MCSL NoC traffic patterns are based on real applications and covers mesh, torus, and fat-tree NoC architectures. They capture the following key aspects of real applications.

MCSL NoC traffic patterns can be easily incorporated into an NoC or multicore/many-core simulator using the included traffic loader. It is generated by a systematic traffic generation methodology. The methodology uses formal computational models to capture communication, computation, and memory requirements of real applications. It optimizes application mapping and scheduling and memory usages to faithfully maximize overall system performance and utilization before extracting realistic traffic patterns. Experiment results show that MCSL NoC traffic patterns can be used to study NoC characteristics more accurately than traditional random traffic patterns. Current version includes the following applications, and more applications will be added in the coming months.

Application Description Tasks Communication Links
RS-32_28_8_enc Reed-Solomon code encoder with codeword format RS(32,28,8). 262 348
RS-32_28_8_dec Reed-Solomon code decoder with codeword format RS(32,28,8). 182 392
H264-720p_dec H.264 video decoder with a resolution of 720p. 2311 3461
H264-1080p_dec H.264 video decoder with a resolution of 1080p. 5191 7781
ROBOT Newton-Euler dynamic control calculation for the 6-degrees-of-freedom Stanford manipulator. 88 131
FPPPP SPEC95 Fpppp is a chemical program performing multi-electron integral derivatives. 334 1145
FFT-1024_complex Fast Fourier transform with 1024 inputs of complex numbers. 16384 25600
SPARSE Random sparse matrix solver for electronic circuit simulations. 96 67

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Download MCSL 1.6 (146MB)

AGREEMENT

MCSL NoC Traffic Patterns are made openly available under the following license. Please cite the following paper if it is used.

  • Weichen Liu, Jiang Xu, Xiaowen Wu, Yaoyao Ye, Xuan Wang, Wei Zhang, Mahdi Nikdast, Zhehui Wang, “A NoC Traffic Suite Based on Real Applications,” IEEE Computer Society Annual Symposium on VLSI (ISVLSI), July 2011. [PDF]

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