Date Added: Jan 2013
Network-on-Chips (NoC) play a central role in determining performance and reliability in current and future multi-core architectures. Continuous scaling of CMOS technology enable widespread adoption of multi-core architectures but, unfortunately, poses severe concerns regarding failures. Process Variation (PV) is worsening the scenario, decreasing device lifetime and performance predictability during chip fabrication. This paper proposes two solutions exploiting power-gating to cope with NBTI effects in NoC buffers. The techniques are evaluated with respect to a variable number of Virtual Channels (VCs), in the presence of process variation.