SNAP: A Sensor Network Asynchronous Processor

Clinton Kelly IV, Virantha Ekanayake, and Rajit Manohar

We present a Sensor-Network Asynchronous Processor (SNAP), which we have designed to be both a processor core for a sensor-network node and a component of a chip multiprocessor, the Network on a Chip (NoC), which will execute a novel sensor-network simulator. We discuss the advantages of using the same processor for nodes in physical and simulated sensor networks. We describe the attributes that a processor must possess to function well in both roles, and we then describe the way we designed SNAP to have these attributes.
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