A Dynamically Adaptive Switching Fabric on a Multicontext Reconfigurable Device
A framework of dynamically adaptive hardware mechanism on multicontext reconfigurable devices is proposed, and as an example, an adaptive switching fabric is implemented on NEC’s novel reconfigurable device DRP(Dynamically Reconfigurable Processor).
In this switch, contexts for the full crossbar and alternative hardware modules, which provide larger bandwidth but can treat only a limited pattern of packet inputs, are prepared. Using the quick context switching functionality, a context for the full crossbar is switched by alternative contexts according to the packet inputs pattern. Furthermore, if the traffic includes a lot of packets for specific destinations, a set of contexts frequently used in the traffic is gathered inside the chip like a working set stored in a cache.
4 x 4 mesh network connected with the proposed adaptive switches is simulated, and it appears that the latency between nodes is improved three times when the traffic between neighboring four nodes is dominant.
KeywordsInput Port Context Switching Instruction Pointer Switching Fabric Hardware Module
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