PID Controlled Thermal Management in Photonic Network-on-Chip Conference Paper uri icon


  • © 2015 IEEE. The communication bandwidth and power consumption of network-on-chip (NoC) are going to meet their limits soon because of traditional metallic interconnects. Photonic NoC (PNoC) is emerging as a promising alternative to address these bottlenecks. However, PNoCs are highly susceptible to thermal fluctuations which is highly common in a manycore chip. This paper first introduces a low power, low cost mesh-based PNoC architecture and provides a quantitative analysis of it's power consumption over varying on-chip temperature. The paper then proposes a proportional-integral-derivative (PID) heater mechanism that minimizes the effect of thermal variation on PNoC's performance and power. Experimental results for a 8 × 8 PNoC shows that the proposed technique offers the maximum network-bandwidth considering the thermal effects. Compared to the recently reported results, the proposed design consumes 40% less power and has a temperature variation as low as 1 °C.

author list (cited authors)

  • Dang, D., Mahapatra, R., & Kim, E. J.

citation count

  • 3

publication date

  • October 2015