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Guaranteed services (GS) are important in that they provide predictability in the complex dynamics of shared communication structures. This paper discusses the implementation of GS in an asynchronous network-on-chip. We present a novel scheduling discipline called asynchronous latency guarantee (ALG) scheduling, which provides latency and bandwidth guarantees in accessing a shared media, e.g. a physical link shared between a number of virtual channels. ALG overcomes the drawbacks of existing scheduling disciplines, in particular, the coupling between latency and bandwidth guarantees. A 0.12 μm CMOS standard cell implementation of an ALG link has been simulated. The operation speed of the design was 702 MDI/s.
Date of Conference: 14-16 March 2005