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NoC-DEVS Simulator

Hoda Ahmadinejad, Fatemeh Refan and Hessam Sarjoughian

Symposium On Theory of Modeling and Simulation - DEVS Integrative M&S Symposium (TMS/DEVS 2011)
Boston, MA, USA, April 4-9, 2011


Study of Network-on-Chip (NoC) systems requires simulators capable of handling their unique characteristics. Toward this objective, a set of simulation models are developed based on NoC first principles and the DEVS framework. The components necessary to build simulation models for NoC are developed using Parallel DEVS and implemented in NoC-DEVS which extends the general-purpose DEVS-Suite simulator. An example mesh-based NoC model synthesized from processing elements, network interfaces, switches, and links is experimented with and analyzed. The same example is also studied in Noxim which is an extension of the SystemC simulator. The NoC-DEVS simulator is evaluated and compared against the Noxim simulator. The comparison focuses on their modeling capabilities and considers delay and throughput performance metrics as well as capabilities expected from advanced simulation tools. Related and future research directions are briefly discussed.

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