Challenges and promising results in NoC prototyping using FPGAs

Umit Y. Ogras, Radu Marculescu, Hyung Gyu Lee, Puru Choudhary, Diana Marculescu, Michael Kaufman, Peter Nelson

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Although a significant amount of theoretical work supports the potential of NoC architectures, such results need to be demonstrated by actual implementations before the NoC paradigm becomes a reality. Besides demonstrating the feasibility of the overall approach, prototyping enables accurate evaluation of power, performance, area, and various design trade-offs. This article presents four NoC prototypes, discusses the challenges associated with their design, and assesses the potential of the NoC approach.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)86-95
Number of pages10
JournalIEEE Micro
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Computer system implementation
  • Computer systems organization
  • FPGAs
  • Field programmable gate arrays
  • Iinterconnection networks
  • Interconnection network
  • Network on chip

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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