Feedback control for providing QoS in NoC based multicores

Akbar Sharifi, Hui Zhao, Mahmut Kandemir

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In this paper, we employ formal feedback control theory to achieve desired communication throughput across a network-on-chip (NoC) based multicore. When the output of the system needs to follow a certain reference input over time, our controller regulates the system to obtain the desired effect on the output. In this work, targeting a multicore that executes multiple applications simultaneously, we demonstrate how to design and employ a PID (Proportional Integral Derivative) controller to obtain the desired throughput for communications by tuning the weights of the virtual channels of the routers in the NoC. We also propose a global controller architecture that implements policies to handle situations in which the network cannot provide the overlapping communications with sufficient resources or the throughputs of the communications can be enhanced (beyond their specified values) due to the availability of excess resources. Finally, we discuss how our novel control architecture works under different scenarios by presenting experimental results obtained using four embedded applications. These results show how the global controller adjusts the virtual channels weights to achieve the desired throughputs of different communications across the NoC, and as a result, the system output successfully tracks the specified input.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationDATE 10 - Design, Automation and Test in Europe
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9783981080162
StatePublished - 2010
EventDesign, Automation and Test in Europe Conference and Exhibition, DATE 2010 - Dresden, Germany
Duration: Mar 8 2010Mar 12 2010

Publication series

NameProceedings -Design, Automation and Test in Europe, DATE
ISSN (Print)1530-1591


OtherDesign, Automation and Test in Europe Conference and Exhibition, DATE 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Engineering(all)


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