Applying architectural vulnerability analysis to hard faults in the microprocessor

Journal Article

In this paper, we present a new metric, Hard-Fault Architectural Vulnerability Factor (H-AVF), to allow designers to more effectively compare alternate hard-fault tolerance schemes. In order to provide intuition on the use of H-AVF as a metric, we evaluate fault-tolerant level-1 data cache and register file implementations using error correcting codes and a fault-tolerant adder using triple-modular redundancy (TMR). For each of the designs, we compute its H-AVF. We then use these H-AVF values in conjunction with other properties of the design, such as die area and power consumption, to provide composite metrics. The derived metrics provide simple, quantitative measures of the cost-effectiveness of the evaluated designs.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Bower, FA; Hower, D; Yilmaz, M; Sorin, DJ; Ozev, S

Published Date

  • June 1, 2006

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 34 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 375 - 376

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 0163-5999

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0163-5999

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1145/1140103.1140327

Citation Source

  • Scopus