A Reconfigurable On-Chip Interconnection Network for Large Multicore Systems

Mehdi Modarressi and Hamid Sarbazi-Azad


1.1 Introduction

1.1.1 Multicore and Many-Core Era

With the recent scaling of semiconductor technology, coupled with the ever-increasing demand for high-performance computing in embedded, desktop, and server computer systems, the current general-purpose microprocessors have been moving from single-core to multicore and eventually to many-core processor architectures containing tens to hundreds of identical cores [1]. Major manufacturers already ship 10-core [2], 16-core [3, 4], and 48-core [5] chip multiprocessors, while some special-purpose processors have pushed the limit ...

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