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An Architecture for Fault-Tolerant Computation with Stochastic Logic

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An Architecture for Fault-Tolerant Computation with Stochastic Logic
—Mounting concerns over variability, defects and noise motivate a new approach for digital circuitry: stochastic logic, that is to say, logic that operates on probabilistic signals and so can cope with errors and uncertainty. Techniques for probabilistic analysis of circuits and systems are well established. We advocate a strategy for synthesis. In prior work, we described a methodology for synthesizing stochastic logic, that is to say logic that operates on probabilistic bit streams. In this paper, we apply the concept of stochastic logic to a reconfigurable architecture that implements processing operations on a datapath. We analyze cost as well as the sources of error: approximation, quantization, and random fluctuations. We study the effectiveness of the architecture on a collection of benchmarks for image processing. The stochastic architecture requires less area than conventional hardware implementations. Moreover, it is much more tolerant of soft errors (bit flips) than the...
Weikang Qian, Xin Li, Marc D. Riedel, Kia Bazargan
Added 15 May 2011
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Type Journal
Year 2011
Where TC
Authors Weikang Qian, Xin Li, Marc D. Riedel, Kia Bazargan, David J. Lilja
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