What is the most cited reference in the NoC community?

Would you say that if some work is the most cited reference regarding a specific concept, it would represent the reference that introduced that concept? Who is considered/credited for introducing the network-on-chip concept? Based on the number of citations, it seems that reference [4] below might be the one, even though some older references had already discussed the concept. While [4] used the term “on chip network”, today, arguably, “network on chip” discussed in [3] is the term that is more popular :-). Do you know of any other candidate reference or do you know some insight story regarding the emergence of the NoC concept? If so, please let me know and I’ll include it here.
(Updated on 2015.April.10; thanks Joel for the updated numbers)

[1] C. Seitz, Let’s route packets instead of wires, Advanced Research in VLSI: Proceedings of the Sixth MIT Conference, 1990. CITED BY 46; NOTE: AT SYSTEM LEVEL, INTER-CHIP
[2] P. Guerrier and A. Greiner, A generic architecture for on-chip packet-switched interconnections, DATE, March 2000. CITED BY 1009
[3] A. Hemani, A. Jantsch, S. Kumar, A. Postula, J. Oberg, M. Millberg, and D. Lindqvist, Network on Chip: an architecture for billion transistor era, IEEE NorChip Conference, Nov. 2000. CITED BY 426
[4] W.J. Dally and B. Towles, Route packets, not wires: on-chip interconnection networks, ACM/IEEE Design Automation Conference (DAC), June 2001. CITED BY 3153
[5] L. Benini and G. De Micheli, Networks on chips: a new SoC paradigm, Computer, vol. 35, no. 1, pp. 70-78, 2002. CITED BY 3365

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5 Responses to What is the most cited reference in the NoC community?

  1. A paper that refers to packets and routers for on-chip communication as an alternative to buses

    Guerrier, P., & Greiner, A. (2000). A generic architecture for on-chip packet-switched interconnections. Proceedings of the conference on Design, …, 250–256. Retrieved from http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=343776

  2. First paper I have read:
    Benini, Luca, and Giovanni De Micheli. “Networks on chips: a new SoC paradigm.” Computer 35.1 (2002): 70-78.
    It has 3005 citations (based on google scholar).

  3. Joel Dippold says:

    Updated citation counts as of 10 April 2015 (as per Google Scholar):
    [1]: 46
    [2]: 1,009
    [3]: 426
    [4]: 3,153
    Benini and De Micheli: 3,365

  4. Radhika Apte says:

    Great source of information thanks for sharing this blog with us.

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