Networks-on-Chips: Theory and Practice

Fayez Gebali, Haytham Elmiligi, Mohamed Watheq El-Kharashi

March 25, 2009 by CRC Press
Reference - 389 Pages - 138 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781420079784 - CAT# 79786
Series: Embedded Multi-Core Systems


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  • Includes contributions from 34 leading researchers representing 22 universities
  • Covers new emerging research issues in 3-D NoC, security in NoC, and real-time monitoring with novel techniques to improve the overall NoC-based system performance
  • Provides a reference for researchers who are interested in NoC, and a designer’s guide for industry and hardware engineers who are designing NoC-based systems
  • Contains examples and case studies to explain how to apply the theoretical concepts in practical applications
  • Addresses complexities of combining different NoC design techniques using the Silistix CHAINworks® industrial design flow
  • Provides a case study of Multi Processor SoC (MPSoC) for video coding applications that is presented employing ArterisTM NoC


The implementation of networks-on-chip (NoC) technology in VLSI integration presents a variety of unique challenges. To deal with specific design solutions and research hurdles related to intra-chip data exchange, engineers are challenged to invoke a wide range of disciplines and specializations while maintaining a focused approach.

Leading Researchers Present Cutting-Edge Designs Tools
Networks-on-Chips: Theory and Practice facilitates this process, detailing the NoC paradigm and its benefits in separating IP design and functionality from chip communication requirements and interfacing. It starts with an analysis of 3-D NoC architectures and progresses to a discussion of NoC resource allocation, processor traffic modeling, and formal verification, with an examination of protocols at different layers of abstraction.

An exploration of design methodologies, CAD tool development, and system testing, as well as communication protocol, the text highlights important emerging research issues, such as

  • Resource Allocation for Quality of Service (QoS) on-chip communication
  • Testing, verification, and network design methodologies
  • Architectures for interconnection, real-time monitoring, and security requirements
  • Networks-on-Chip Protocols


Presents a flexible MPSoC platform to easily implement multimedia applications and evaluate future video encoding standards

This useful guide tackles power and energy issues in NoC-based designs, addressing the power constraints that currently limit the embedding of more processing elements on a single chip. It covers traffic modeling and discusses the details of traffic generators.

Using unique case studies and examples, it covers theoretical and practical issues, guiding readers through every phase of system design.

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