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Section: New Results

Networks-on-Board: between NoCs and rack connector buses

Participants : Amine Oueslati, Robert de Simone, Albert Savary, Emilien Kofman.

The recent paradigm of Massively Parallel Processor Arrays (MPPA), or more generally manycore Systems-on-Chip, rely on the existence of a high-throughput on-Chip Network (NoC) to interconnect the various cores and processing clusters. Despite its benefits, it requires that all components are put on the same dye, and thus designed monolithically. On the other end, supercomputers are built by assembling racks or blades of processors, connected by fast buses (fast ethernet or infinyband usually), with low predictivity of throughput. A third, intermediate path is explored in the context of the FUI Clistine project, based on a notion of Network-on-Board (or Network-in-Package), aiming at the benefits of NoCs brought to the level of a single PCB board, where the various components can be assembled in a modular fashion. We consider the applicationof our previous expertise on modeling and analysis of NoC-based architecture, with their implications on the optimized mapping of dataflow models of applications onto such interconnects, to adapt them in this new context. The objective is to consider alternative network topologies, and to transate optimal mappings into the concrete network operations on a prototype implementation realized by SynergieCAD, the company heading the project. This topic reflects the PhD thesis of Amine Oueslati, and the engineering work of Albert Savary.