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ONG PhD Student Paper Accepted for DATE 2015

Anouk Van Laer will present a paper at DATE 2015 - Design, Automation & Test in Europe.

The conference takes place in Grenoble from 9th - 13th March 2015. Anouk's paper is on 'Coherence Based Message Prediction for Optically Interconnected Chip Multiprocessors', and will be presented in the session onĀ Emerging Technologies for NoCs.


Photonic networks on chip have been proposed to reduce latency and power consumption of on-chip communication in chip multiprocessors. However, in switched photonic networks, the path setup latency can create a high overhead, particularly for the short messages generated by shared memory chip multiprocessors (CMP). This has led to proposals for networks which avoid switching using all-to-all or single writermultiple reader (SWMR) networks which dramatically increase optical component counts and hence power consumption. In this work we propose a predictor which uses information from the coherence protocol and previously transmitted messages to predict future messages and hence hide the path setup latency by speculatively setup photonic paths. We show that a directly mapped predictor can achieve prediction hit rates of up to 85% for PARSEC benchmarks in a 16-core x86 system using the MESI coherence protocol whereas a more resource efficient set associative predictor can still achieve prediction rates up to 75%.