Simple Serial Synchronized (SSS)-Multistage Interconnection Network (MIN) is a novel MIN architecture for connecting processors and memory modules in multiprocessors. Synchronized bit-serial communication simplifies the structure/control, and also solves the pin-limitation problem. Here, design, implementation, and evaluation of a multiprocessor prototype called the SNAIL with the SSS-MIN are presented. The heart of SNAIL is a prototype 1 μm CMOS SSS-MIN gate array chip which exchanges packets from 16 inputs at a 50 MHz clock speed. The message combining is implemented with only a 20% increase in hardware. From empirical evaluation with some application programs, it appears that the latency and synchronization overhead of the SSS-MIN are tolerable, and the bandwidth of the SSS-MIN is sufficient.
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- Theoretical Computer Science
- Hardware and Architecture
- Computer Networks and Communications
- Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
- Artificial Intelligence