Date Added: Nov 2011
Monitoring and diagnostic systems are required in modern Network-on-Chip implementations to assure high performance and reliability. A dynamically clustered NoC monitoring structure for traffic and fault monitoring is presented. It is a distributed monitoring approach which does not require any centralized control. Essential issues concerning status data diffusion, processing, and format are simulated and analyzed. The monitor communication and placement are also discussed. The results show that the presented monitoring structure can be used to improve the performance of a NoC. Even a small adjustment of parameters, for example, considering monitoring data format or monitoring placing, can have significant influence to the overall performance of the NoC.