Evaluating Energy Consumption of Homogeneous MPSoCs using Spare Tiles

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Topic: Hardware
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The yield of homogeneous network-on-chip based multi-processor chips can be improved with the addition of spare tiles. However, the impact of this reliability approach on the chip energy consumption is not documented. For instance, in a homogeneous MPSoC, application tasks can be placed onto any tile of a defect-free chip. On the other hand, a chip with defective tile needs a special task placement, where the faulty tile is avoided. This paper presents a task placement tool and the evaluation of energy consumption of homogeneous NoC-based MPSoCs with spare tiles. Results show NoC energy consumption overhead ranging from 1 to 10% when considering up to three faults randomly distributed over the tiles of a 3x4 mesh network.
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