University of Rijeka
With increasing core count, Chip Multi-Processors (CMP) require a high-performance interconnect fabric that is energy-efficient Well-engineered transmission line-based communication systems offer an attractive solution, especially for CMPs with a moderate number of cores. While transmission lines have been used in a wide variety of purposes, there lack comprehensive studies to guide architects to navigate the circuit and physical design space to make proper architecture-level analyses and tradeoffs. This paper makes a first-ste effort in exploring part of the design space. Using detailed simulation-based analysis, the authors show that a shared-medium fabric based on transmission line can offer better performance and a much better energy profile than a conventional mesh interconnect.