layout: documentation title: “Interconnection network” doc: gem5 documentation parent: ruby permalink: /documentation/general_docs/ruby/interconnection-network/ author: Jason Lowe-Power
The various components of the interconnection network model inside gem5's ruby memory system are described here.
How to invoke the network
The default network is simple, and the default topology is crossbar.
The connection between the various controllers are specified via python files. All external links (between the controllers and routers) are bi-directional. All internal links (between routers) are uni-directional -- this allows a per-direction weight on each link to bias routing decisions.
- Crossbar: Each controller (L1/L2/Directory) is connected to a simple switch. Each switch is connected to a central switch (modeling the crossbar). This can be invoked from command line by --topology=Crossbar.
- CrossbarGarnet: Each controller (L1/L2/Directory) is connected to every other controller via one garnet router (which internally models the crossbar and allocator). This can be invoked from command line by --topology=CrossbarGarnet.
- Mesh_*: This topology requires the number of directories to be equal to the number of cpus. The number of routers/switches is equal to the number of cpus in the system. Each router/switch is connected to one L1, one L2 (if present), and one Directory. The number of rows in the mesh has to be specified by --mesh-rows. This parameter enables the creation of non-symmetrical meshes too.
- Mesh_XY: Mesh with XY routing. All x-directional links are biased with a weight of 1, while all y-directional links are biased with a weight of 2. This forces all messages to use X-links first, before using Y-links. It can be invoked from command line by --topology=Mesh_XY
- Mesh_westfirst: Mesh with west-first routing. All west-directional links are biased with a weight of 1, al other links are biased with a weight of 2. This forces all messages to use west-directional links first, before using other links. It can be invoked from command line by --topology=Mesh_westfirst
- MeshDirCorners_XY: This topology requires the number of directories to be equal to 4. number of routers/switches is equal to the number of cpus in the system. Each router/switch is connected to one L1, one L2 (if present). Each corner router/switch is connected to one Directory. It can be invoked from command line by --topology=MeshDirCorners_XY. The number of rows in the mesh has to be specified by --mesh-rows. The XY routing algorithm is used.
- Pt2Pt: Each controller (L1/L2/Directory) is connected to every other controller via a direct link. This can be invoked from command line by
- Pt2Pt: All to all point-to-point connection
In each topology, each link and each router can independently be passed a parameter that overrides the defaults (in BasicLink.py and BasicRouter.py):
These two parameters can be used by routers to implement custom routing algorithms in garnet2.0
- Router Parameters:
- latency: latency of each router. Only supported by garnet2.0.
Table-based Routing (Default): Based on the topology, shortest path graph traversals are used to populate routing tables at each router/switch. This is done in src/mem/ruby/network/Topology.cc The default routing algorithm is table-based and tries to choose the route with minimum number of link traversals. Links can be given weights in the topology files to model different routing algorithms. For example, in Mesh_XY.py and MeshDirCorners_XY.py Y-direction links are given weights of 2, while X-direction links are given weights of 1, resulting in XY traversals. In Mesh_westfirst.py, the west-links are given weights of 1, and all other links are given weights of 2. In garnet2.0, the routing algorithm randomly chooses between links with equal weights. In simple network, it statically chooses between links with equal weights.
Custom Routing algorithms: In garnet2.0, we provide additional support to implement custom (including adaptive) routing algorithms (See outportComputeXY() in src/mem/ruby/network/garnet2.0/RoutingUnit.cc). The src_outport and dst_inport fields of the links can be used to give custom names to each link (e.g., directions if a mesh), and these can be used inside garnet to implement any routing algorithm. A custom routing algorithm can be selected from the command line by setting --routing-algorithm=2. See configs/network/Network.py and src/mem/ruby/network/garnet2.0/GarnetNetwork.py
Flow-Control and Router Microarchitecture
Ruby supports two network models, Simple and Garnet, which trade-off detailed modeling versus simulation speed respectively.
The default network model in Ruby is the simple network.
- Related Files:
Simple network uses the generic network parameters in Network.py:
- number_of_virtual_networks: This is the maximum number of virtual networks. The actual number of active virtual networks is determined by the protocol.
- control_msg_size: The size of control messages in bytes. Default is 8. m_data_msg_size in Network.cc is set to the block size in bytes + control_msg_size.
Additional parameters are specified in simple/SimpleNetwork.py:
- buffer_size: Size of buffers at each switch input and output ports. A value of 0 implies infinite buffering.
- endpoint_bandwidth: Bandwidth at the end points of the network in 1000th of byte.
- adaptive_routing: This enables adaptive routing based on occupancy of output buffers.
The simple network models hop-by-hop network traversal, but abstracts out detailed modeling within the switches. The switches are modeled in simple/PerfectSwitch.cc while the links are modeled in simple/Throttle.cc. The flow-control is implemented by monitoring the available buffers and available bandwidth in output links before sending.
Details of the new (2016) Garnet2.0 network are here.
Running the Network with Synthetic Traffic
The interconnection networks can be run in a standalone manner and fed with synthetic traffic. We recommend doing this with garnet2.0.
Running Garnet Standalone with Synthetic Traffic