Medium access control in wireless network-on-chip: a context analysis
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Wireless on-chip communication is a promising candidate to address the performance and efficiency issues that arise when scaling current NoC techniques to manycore processors. A WNoC can serve global and broadcast traffic with ultra-low latency even in thousand-core chips, thus acting as a natural complement to conventional and throughput-oriented wireline NoCs. However, the development of MAC strategies needed to efficiently share the wireless medium among the increasing number of cores remains a considerable challenge given the singularities of the environment and the novelty of the research area. In this position article, we present a context analysis describing the physical constraints, performance objectives, and traffic characteristics of the on-chip communication paradigm. We summarize the main differences with respect to traditional wireless scenarios, and then discuss their implications on the design of MAC protocols for manycore WNoC, with the ultimate goal of kickstarting this arguably unexplored research area.
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CitationAbadal, S., Mestres, A., Torrellas, J., Alarcon, E., A. C. Medium access control in wireless network-on-chip: a context analysis. "IEEE communications magazine", 1 Juny 2018, vol. 56, núm. 6, p. 172-178.