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Viper: Virtual pipelines for enhanced reliability

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Viper: Virtual pipelines for enhanced reliability
The reliability of future processors is threatened by decreasing transistor robustness. Current architectures focus on delivering high performance at low cost; lifetime device reliability is a secondary concern. As the rate of permanent hardware faults increases, robustness will become a first class constraint for even low-cost systems. Current research into reliable architectures has focused on ad-hoc solutions to improve designs without altering their centralized control logic. Unfortunately, this centralized control presents a single point of failure, which limits long-term robustness. To address this issue, we introduce Viper, an architecture built from a redundant collection of fine-grained hardware components. Instructions are perceived as customers that require a sequence of services in order to properly execute. The hardware components vie to perform what services they can, dynamically forming virtual pipelines that avoid defective hardware. This is done using distributed co...
Andrea Pellegrini, Joseph L. Greathouse, Valeria B
Added 28 Sep 2012
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Type Journal
Year 2012
Where ISCA
Authors Andrea Pellegrini, Joseph L. Greathouse, Valeria Bertacco
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