Today's networks of processors on and off chip, operatingwith independent clocks, need effective synchronization of the datapassing between them for reliability. When two or more processorsrequest access to a common resource, such as a memory, an arbiterhas to decide which request to deal with first. Currentdevelopments in integrated circuit processing are leading to anincrease in the numbers of independent digital processing elementsin a single system. With this comes faster communications, morenetworks on chip, and the demand for more reliable, more complex,and higher performance synchronizers and arbiters. Written by oneof the foremost researchers in this area of digital design, thisauthoritative text provides in-depth theory and practical designsolutions for the reliable working of synchronization andarbitration hardware in digital systems.
The book provides methods for making real reliabilitymeasurements both on and off chip, evaluating some of the commondifficulties and detailing circuit solutions at both circuit andsystem levels. Synchronization and Arbitration in DigitalSystems also presents:
* mathematical models used to estimate mean time between failuresin digital systems;
* a summary of serial and parallel communication techniques foron-chip data transmission;
* explanations on how to design a wrapper for a locallysynchronous cell, highlighting the issues associated with stoppableclocks;
* an examination of various types of priority arbiters, usingsignal transition graphs to show the specification of differentdesigns (from the simplest to more complex multi-way arbiters)including ways of solving problems encountered in a wide range ofapplications;
* essential information on systems composed of independentlytimed regions, including a discussion on the problem of choice andthe factors affecting the time taken to make choices inelectronics.
With its logical approach to design methodology, this will provean invaluable guide for electronic and computer engineers andresearchers working on the design of digital electronic hardware.Postgraduates and senior undergraduate students studying digitalsystems design as part of their electronic engineering course willstruggle to find a resource that better details the informationgiven inside this book