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NOCulator is a network-on-chip simulator providing cycle-accurate performance models for a wide variety of networks (mesh, torus, ring, hierarchical ring, flattened butterfly) and routers (buffered, bufferless, Adaptive Flow Control, minBD, HiRD).

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NOCulator

Command-line options for different router designs available in hring simulator:

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Torus

######### -torus true

Note: If one wants to maintain the same bisection bandwidth as the baseline mesh network, double the packet size (i.e., -router.dataPacketSize 8 -router.maxPacketSize 8).

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Flattened Butterfly

######### -fbfly true

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CHIPPER

######### -router.algorithm DR_FLIT_SWITCHED_CALF -edge_loop true -meshEjectTrial 2

meshEjectTrial is the width of ejection ports.

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VC-Buffered

######### -router.algorithm DR_AFC -afc_force true -afc_force_buffered true -meshEjectTrial 2

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HiRD

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-topology XXXX

HR_4drop: 4x4, each local ring has 1 bridge router to connect to the global ring (so totally 4 bridge routers(drops) connecting the global ring and its local rings)

HR_8drop: 4x4, each local ring has 2 bridge router to connect to the global ring (8-bridge)

HR_16drop: 4x4, each local ring has 4 bridge router to connect to the global ring (16-bridge)

HR_8_16drop: 8x8, each local ring has 16 bridge router to connect to the global ring

HR_8_8drop: 8x8, each local ring has 8 bridge router to connect to the global ring

HR_16_8drop: 16x16, each local ring has 8 bridge router to connect to the global ring

HR_32_8drop: 32x32, each local ring has 8 bridge router to connect to the global ring

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Hierarchical Buffered Ring, infinite buffers:

######### -topology BufRingNetworkMulti -bufrings_n 8 -bufrings_levels 3 -bufrings_inf_credit true

bufrings_n: number of virtual networks bufrings_levels: number of hierarchies bufrings_inf_credit: ideal buffers (no credits/no capacity limits

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Hierarchical Buffered Ring, finite buffers:

######### -topology BufRingNetworkMulti -bufrings_n 8 -bufrings_levels 3 -bufrings_inf_credit false -bufrings_L2G 8 -bufrings_G2L 4 -bufrings_localbuf 4 -bufrings_globalbuf 8

Please cite these following papers if you use this simulator:

MinBD router architecture:

  • Chris Fallin, Greg Nazario, Xiangyao Yu, Kevin Chang, Rachata Ausavarungnirun, Onur Mutlu. MinBD: Minimally-Buffered Deflection Routing for Energy-Efficient Interconnect. NoCs 2012.

HiRD router design and the hierarchical ring interconnect:

  • Rachata Ausavarungnirun, Chris Fallin, Xiangyao Yu, Kevin Chang, Greg Nazario, Reetuparna Das, Gabriel H. Loh, Onur Mutlu, "Design and Evaluation of Hierarchical Rings with Deflection Routing", SBAC-PAD 2014.

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NOCulator is a network-on-chip simulator providing cycle-accurate performance models for a wide variety of networks (mesh, torus, ring, hierarchical ring, flattened butterfly) and routers (buffered, bufferless, Adaptive Flow Control, minBD, HiRD).

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