Networking

A Protocol Stack Architecture for Optical Network-on-Chip

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Executive Summary

As the Optical Network-on-Chip (ONoC) becomes a candidate solution for the communication infrastructure of the Systems-on-Chip (SoC), the development of proper hierarchical models and tools for its design and analysis, specific to its heterogeneous nature, becomes a necessity. This paper presents a novel protocol stack architecture for the ONoC. The proposed protocol stack is a 4-layered hardware stack consisting of the physical layer, the physical-adapter layer, the data link layer, and the network layer. It allows the modular design of each ONoC building block that boosts the interoperability and design reuse of the ONoC.

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