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Tighter Time Analysis for Real-Time Traffic in On-Chip Networks with Shared Priorities
Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, Embedded Systems.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9736-8490
Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, Embedded Systems.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1276-3609
Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, Embedded Systems.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1687-930X
Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, Embedded Systems.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6132-7945
2016 (English)In: 2016 10th IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Networks-on-Chip, NOCS 2016, 2016, 7579319Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The Network-on-Chip (NoC) is the preferred inter- connection medium for massively parallel platforms. Targeting real-time applications, fixed-priority based NoCs with virtual- channels have been proposed as a promising solution. In order to verify if specific time requirements can be satisfied, scheduability tests are typically used. Several analysis approaches have been proposed targeting priority-based NoCs. However, due to the approximation considered in the analyses, the results may involve a large amount of pessimism. The applicability of the analyses is thus limited in practice. In this paper, we identify a number of properties of NoCs with shared priorities. An improved time analysis is proposed where pessimism can be significantly reduced for many cases. In order to evaluate the proposed analysis, a number of experiments have been generated along with a case study based on an automotive application. The improvement can be clearly observed from the evaluation results.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. 7579319
Keyword [en]
Network-on-ChipMany-CoreReal-TimeTiming Analysis
National Category
Computer Systems
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-32839DOI: 10.1109/NOCS.2016.7579319ISI: 000392263800003Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84994652210OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-32839DiVA: diva2:1010083
Conference
10th IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Networks-on-Chip, NOCS 2016; Nara; Japan; 31 August 2016 through 2 September 2016; Category numberCFP16NOC-ART; Code 124142
Projects
PREMISE - Predictable Multicore SystemsDPAC - Dependable Platforms for Autonomous systems and Control
Available from: 2016-09-30 Created: 2016-08-24 Last updated: 2017-05-12Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. Real-Time Communication over Wormhole-Switched On-Chip Networks
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Real-Time Communication over Wormhole-Switched On-Chip Networks
2017 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In a modern industrial system, the requirement on computational capacity has increased dramatically, in order to support a higher number of functionalities, to process a larger amount of data or to make faster and safer run-time decisions. Instead of using a traditional single-core processor where threads can only be executed sequentially, multi-core and many-core processors are gaining more and more attentions nowadays. In a multi-core processor, software programs can be executed in parallel, which can thus boost the computational performance. Many-core processors are specialized multi-core processors with a larger number of cores which are designed to achieve a higher degree of parallel processing. An on-chip communication bus is a central intersection used for data-exchange between cores, memory and I/O in most multi-core processors. As the number of cores increases, more contention can occur on the communication bus which raises a bottleneck of the overall performance. Therefore, in order to reduce contention incurred on the communication bus, a many-core processor typically employs a Network-on-Chip (NoC) to achieve data-exchange. Real-time embedded systems have been widely utilized for decades. In addition to the correctness of functionalities, timeliness is also an important factor in such systems. Violation of specific timing requirements can result in performance degradation or even fatal problems. While executing real-time applications on many-core processors, the timeliness of a NoC, as a communication subsystem, is essential as well. Unfortunately, many real-time system designs over-provision resources to guarantee the fulfillment of timing requirements, which can lead to significant resource waste. For example, analysis of a NoC design yields that the network is already saturated (i.e. accepting more traffic can incur requirement violation), however, in reality the network actually has the capacity to admit more traffic. In this thesis, we target such resource wasting problems related to design and analysis of NoCs that are used in real-time systems. We propose a number of solutions to improve the schedulability of real-time traffic over wormhole-switched NoCs in order to further improve the resource utilization of the whole system. The solutions focus mainly on two aspects: (1) providing more accurate and efficient time analyses; (2) proposing more cost-effective scheduling methods.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Västerås: Malardalen University Press, 2017
Series
Mälardalen University Press Dissertations, ISSN 1651-4238 ; 232
Keyword
real-time system, network-on-chips
National Category
Embedded Systems
Research subject
Computer Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-35316 (URN)978-91-7485-332-2 (ISBN)
Public defence
2017-06-20, Gamma, Västerås, 09:15 (English)
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Available from: 2017-05-15 Created: 2017-05-12 Last updated: 2017-07-10Bibliographically approved

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