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Rescue: A Microarchitecture for Testability and Defect Tolerance

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Rescue: A Microarchitecture for Testability and Defect Tolerance
Scaling feature size improves processor performance but increases each device’s susceptibility to defects (i.e., hard errors). As a result, fabrication technology must improve significantly to maintain yields. Redundancy techniques in memory have been successful at improving yield in the presence of defects. Apart from core sparing which disables faulty cores in a chip multiprocessor, little has been done to target the core logic. While previous work has proposed that either inherent or added redundancy in the core logic can be used to tolerate defects, the key issues of realistic testing and fault isolation have been ignored. This paper is the first to consider testability and fault isolation in designing modern high-performance, defect-tolerant microarchitectures. We define intra-cycle logic independence (ICI) as the condition needed for conventional scan test to isolate faults quickly to the microarchitectural-block granularity. We propose logic transformations to redesign con...
Ethan Schuchman, T. N. Vijaykumar
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Type Conference
Year 2005
Where ISCA
Authors Ethan Schuchman, T. N. Vijaykumar
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