University of Twente Student Theses


Serving the Montium : design of an energy-efficient processor-network interface

Burgwal, M.D. (2005) Serving the Montium : design of an energy-efficient processor-network interface.

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Abstract:In this thesis, a description is given of the design and implementation of a communication and configuration unit (CCU). The CCU is part of the Chameleon architecture, a tile based system on chip consisting of several tiles and a network on chip. The CCU serves as an hardware interface between the network and a tile. Starting at the highest level (using a black box view), a protocol is designed. The protocol contains some standard functions such as read, write, execute and stop and a few specific functions. Subsequently, the internal architecture is clarified block-by-block. A hardware realization is discussed and it is shown that the results meet requirements. Furthermore, a number of applications are presented, which provide relevant insight and information on the possibilities and performance of the CCU. Several communication models are used to calculate the minimal theoretical clock frequencies needed to make sure no data loss occurs. Finally, we give a number of recommendations and the thesis is completed with the conclusion that the implementation of the CCU fullfills its requirements.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Subject:54 computer science
Programme:Embedded Systems MSc (60331)
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