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Optical networks-on-chip (ONoCs) are currently still in the concept stage, and would benefit from explorative studies capable of bridging the gap between abstract analysis frameworks and the constraints and challenges posed by the physical layer. This paper aims to go beyond the traditional comparison of wavelength-routed ONoC topologies based only on their(More)
The performance of future chip multi-processors will only scale with the number of integrated cores if there is a corresponding increase in memory access efficiency. The focus of this paper on a 3D-stacked wavelength-routed optical layer for high bandwidth and low latency processor-memory communication goes in this direction and complements ongoing efforts(More)
Optical Networks-on-Chip (ONoCs) are considered a promising way of improving power and bandwidth limitations in next generation multi- and many-core integrated systems. Today, most related research acknowledges the key role of the physical layer in assessing ONoC topologies (e.g., insertion loss), but overlooks the placement and routing stage in the design(More)
Many crossbenchmarking results reported in the open literature raise optimistic expectations on the use of optical networks-on-chip (ONoCs) for high-performance and low-power on-chip communication. However, most of those previous works ultimately fail to make a compelling case for chip-level nanophotonic NoCs, especially for the lack of aggressive(More)
This paper reports the lessons learned in the abstraction process of the behaviour of switching elements for optical networks-on-chip, resulting in technology-annotated abstract models for the SystemC modelling and simulation environment. The paper points out the key physical effects that a designer should be aware of to properly assess effectiveness and(More)
There is still a significant gap between the optical network-on-chip (NoC) concept and a mature interconnect technology with practical relevance. Current research aims at bridging this gap by evolving basic optical components and by developing ad-hoc design tools to enable their use for system-level design. This paper points out another cause for the design(More)
Although many valuable research works have investigated the properties of optical networks-on-chip (ONoCs), the vast majority of them lack an accurate exploration of the network interface architecture (NI) required to support optical communications on the silicon chip. The complexity of this architecture is especially critical for a specific kind of ONoCs:(More)
The recent interest in emerging interconnect technologies is bringing the issue of a proper EDA support for them to the forefront, so to tackle the design complexity. A relevant case study is provided by wavelength-routed optical NoCs (WRONoCs), which add communication performance guarantees to the typical latency, throughput and power benefits of an(More)