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Designing an asynchronous pipeline token ring interface

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4 Author(s)
Yakovlev, A. ; Dept. of Comput. Sci., Newcastle upon Tyne Univ., UK ; Varshavsky, V. ; Marakhovsky, V. ; Semenov, A.

We describe the design of a speed-independent interface based on a pipeline token-ring architecture. The original goal was to build a reliable communication medium, able to tolerate up to two faults in any segment of the ring, to be used in an on-board multicomputer. We believe that the pipeline ring approach can help reduce some negative “analogue” effects inherent in asynchronous buses (including on-chip ones) by means of using only “point-to-point” interconnections. We briefly outline the major ideas of the channel's organisation, protocol and our syntax-driven implementation of the channel protocol controller. The protocol has been recently verified for deadlock-freedom and fairness

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Asynchronous Design Methodologies, 1995. Proceedings., Second Working Conference on

Date of Conference:

30-31 May 1995