Sandro Bartolini

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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 continuous increase of the number of cores in tiled chip-multi-processors (CMP) will prevent traditional electronic networks on chip (NoC) to maintain an acceptable tradeoff between performance and power consumption. Recent advances in silicon-photonics open new opportunities for fast and low-energy on-chip interconnections but specific design and(More)
Nanophotonic is a promising solution for on-chip interconnection due to its intrinsic low-latency and low-power features. Future tiled chip multiprocessors (CMPs) for rich <i>client</i> devices can receive energy benefits from this technology but we show that great care has to be put in the integration of the various involved facets to avoid queuing and(More)
In the embedded domain, the gap between memory and processor performance and the increase in application complexity need to be supported without wasting precious system resources: die size, power, etc. For these reasons, effective exploitation of small and simple cache memories is of the utmost importance. However, programs running on such caches can(More)
Fetching instructions from a set-associative cache in an embedded processor can consume a large amount of energy due to the tag checks performed. Recent proposals to address this issue involve predicting or memoizing the correct way to access. However, they also require significant hardware storage which negates much of the energy saving. This paper(More)
Instruction-set extension (ISE) has been widely studied as a means to improve the performance of microprocessor devices running cryptographic applications. It consists, essentially, in endowing an existing processor with a set of additional instructions that can be useful for speeding-up specific cryptographic computations. Recently, researchers became(More)
In this paper, we present an evaluation of possible ARM instruction set extension for elliptic curve cryptography (ECC) over binary finite fields GF(2/sup m/). The use of elliptic curve cryptography is becoming common in embedded domain, where its reduced key size at a security level equivalent to standard public-key methods (such as RSA) allows for power(More)
Nanophotonic interconnection is a promising solution for inter-core communication in future chip multiprocessors (CMPs). Main benefits derive from its intrinsic low-latency and high-bandwidth, especially when employing wavelength division multiplexing (WDM), as well as reduced power requirements when compared to electronic NoCs. Existing works on optical(More)
Elliptic-Curve cryptography (ECC) is promising for enabling information security in constrained embedded devices. In order to be efficient on a target architecture, ECCs require accurate choice/tuning of the algorithms that perform the underlying mathematical operations. This paper contributes with a cycle-level analysis of the dependencies of ECC(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)