Self-Adaptive NoC Power Management with Dual-Level Agents: Architecture and Implementation
Architecture and Implementation of adaptive NoC to improve performance and power consumption is presented. On platforms hosting multiple applications, hardware variations and unpredictable workloads make static design-time assignments highly sub-optimal e.g. in terms of power and performance. As a solution to this problem, adaptive NoCs are designed, which dynamically adapt towards optimal implementation. This paper addresses the architectural design of adaptive NoC, which is an essential step towards design automation. The architecture involves two levels of agents: a system level agent implemented in software on a dedicated general purpose processor and the local agents implemented as microcontrollers of each network node.