Loki - shape-shifting many-core
This project builds upon our experience of designing on-chip networks. The aim is to explore a broad range of interesting massively-parallel single-chip architectures that place the network at the heart of their design. Our simple cores are far more deeply interconnected to each other than traditional designs, sharing some similarities to FPGAs. The network is also free to carry both instructions and data between cores allowing cores to be exploited using a variety of execution patterns. We are pursuing work both the architecture and circuit levels, together with the development of new compilation tools.
We are aiming to tape-out a 64-core test-chip in 2015.
- Exploiting Tightly Coupled Cores, Daniel Bates, Alex Bradbury, Andreas Koltes and Robert Mullins, in Proc. Intl. Conf. on Embedded Computer Systems: Architectures, Modeling and Simulation (SAMOS XIII), July, 2013. PDF
- Edinburgh HiPEAC event, May 2010, Project Overview
There are currently research
opportunities in this area for potential PhD students.
ERC Starting Grant (306386 SPEAR) from 2013-2018
EPSRC (EP/G033110/1) from 2009-2013