Special Issue - Journal of Parallel and Distributed Computing (JPDC) on Network-on-Chips (NoCs)

Special Issue: Volume 71, Issue 5, Pages 623-730 (May 2011)

Description & Motivation:

In the many cores era, as the number of cores on a chip increases, communication solutions are evolving in order to support the new inter-core communication demands. It has been recognized that traditional bus-based interconnect architectures have reached their scalability limit, and are no longer adequate for deep-sub-micron (DSM) technologies. Network-on-Chip (NoC) is generally viewed as the ultimate solution for the design of modular and scalable communication architectures, and provides inherent support to the integration of heterogeneous cores through the standardization of the network boundary. In a NoC-based system, modules such as processor cores, memories and specialized IP blocks exchange data using an on-chip network. However, there are several issues associated with NoCs such as increased power dissipation, area-efficiency, higher network latency and reduced throughput. There is no doubt in the industry and research community that the importance of Network-on-Chip (NoC) has been raising in the multicore era and will continue to be the foremost field of research. The goal of this special issue will be to focus on NoC platform that effectively addresses and presumably can overcome the many on-chip interconnection and communication challenges that already exist in today’s chips or will likely occur in future chips.

This special issue of the Journal of Parallel and Distributive Computing (JPDC) is seeking original unpublished research articles that describe recent advances and efforts in the design and development of Network-on-Chips (NoCs) architectures. Topics of interest to this special issue, but are not limited to:

•    NoC architecture (topology, routing, arbitration)
•    Novel interconnect links/switches/routers
•    Signaling and circuit design for NoC links
•    Power and energy issues
•    Timing, synchronous/asynchronous communication
•    NoC reliability issues
•    NoC services (quality of service, security.)
•    Methodologies, tools, design flows and development environments for NoCs
•    Modeling, simulation, and synthesis of NoCs
•    Verification, debug & test of NoCs
•    Floorplan-aware NoC architecture optimization
•    Physical design of interconnect and NoCs
•    3D stacked, optical & RF on-chip/inpackage interconnects
•    Emerging technologies for NoCs (Optics, CNFET, Nanowires)
•    O/S and programming model support for NoCs
•    Mapping of applications onto NoCs
•    NoC support for CMP and MPSoCs
•    NoCs for FPGAs and structured ASICs
•    IP protocol support (AXI, OCP.) and interoperability support
•    Metrics and benchmarks for NoCs
•    Multi/many-core workload characterization & evaluation
•    NoC design case studies


Paper Submission Date:  March 1, 2010
Acceptance Notification:  September 1, 2010
Final Papers: October 1, 2010

Submission Requirements:

Authors should follow the JPDC manuscript format as described in the “Information for Authors” at the end of each issue of JPDC or at http://ees.elsevier.com/jpdc/. Authors should submit their papers by March 1, 2010. The acceptance/rejection decision will be communicated to the authors by September 1, 2010. The journal version will be reviewed as per JPDC review process for special issues.

All manuscripts and any supplementary material should be submitted through Elsevier Editorial System (EES) at http://ees.elsevier.com/jpdc. Authors must select “Special Issue: Network-on-Chips (NoCs)” when they reach the “Article Type” step in the submission process. First time users must register themselves as Author. For the latest details of the JPDC Special Issue see http://ace.cs.ohiou.edu/~avinashk/jpdc.html

Guest Editors:

Ahmed Louri
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ 85721.
E-mail: louri@ece.arizona.edu
Phone: 520-621-2318
Fax: 520-621-8076

Avinash Kodi
School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Ohio University
Athens, OH 45701.
E-mail: kodi@ohio.edu
Phone: 740-597-1481
Fax: 740-593-0007

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