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Examining ACE analysis reliability estimates using fault-injection

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Examining ACE analysis reliability estimates using fault-injection
ACE analysis is a technique to provide an early reliability estimate for microprocessors. ACE analysis couples data from performance models with low level design details to identify and rule out transient faults that will not cause incorrect execution. While many transient faults are analyzable in ACE analysis frameworks, some are not. As a result, ACE analysis is conservative and provides a lower bound for the reliability of a processor design. Bounding the reliability of a design is useful since it can guarantee that the given design will meet reliability goals. In this work, we quantify and identify the sources of ACE analysis conservatism by comparing an ACE analysis methodology against a rigorous fault-injection study. We evaluate two flavors of ACE analysis: a “simple” analysis and a refined analysis, finding that even the refined analysis overestimates the soft error vulnerability of an instruction scheduler by 2-3x. The conservatism stems from two key sources: k of det...
Nicholas J. Wang, Aqeel Mahesri, Sanjay J. Patel
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Type Conference
Year 2007
Where ISCA
Authors Nicholas J. Wang, Aqeel Mahesri, Sanjay J. Patel
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