A Tighter Real-Time Communication Analysis for Wormhole-Switched Priority-Preemptive NoCs
Ref: CISTER-TR-170111 Publication Date: 2016
A Tighter Real-Time Communication Analysis for Wormhole-Switched Priority-Preemptive NoCsRef: CISTER-TR-170111 Publication Date: 2016
Simulations and runtime measurements are some of the methods which can be used to evaluate whether a given NoC-based platform can accommodate application workload and fulfil its timing requirements. Yet, these techniques are often time-consuming, and hence can evaluate only a limited set of scenarios. Therefore, these approaches are not suitable for safety-critical and hard real-time systems, where one of the fundamental requirements is to provide strong guarantees that all timing requirements will always be met, even in the worst-case conditions. For such systems the analytic-based real-time analysis is the only viable approach. In this paper the focus is on the real-time communication analysis for wormhole-switched priority-preemptive NoCs. First, we elaborate on the existing analysis and identify one source of pessimism. Then, we propose an extension to the analysis, which efficiently overcomes this limitation, and allows for a less pessimistic analysis. Finally, through a comprehensive experimental evaluation, we compare the newly proposed approach against the existing one, and also observe how the trends change with different traffic parameters.