Hybrid Network-on-Chip Simulation
In this chapter, an efficient hybrid NoC simulation approach is presented that allows simulating communication delays equally accurate but in average much faster than on a cycle-by-cycle basis. This approach includes novel algorithmic and analytical techniques, which dynamically predict the transmission delays of messages considering the actual congestion in the NoC, routing information, packet lengths, and other parameters. According to these predictions, the simulation time may be automatically advanced in many cases, which drastically reduces the number of cycles the NoC simulator has to process. Furthermore, the integration of the proposed NoC simulation technique into the full-system simulator InvadeSIM is shown.
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