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Transient errors caused by terrestrial radiation pose a major barrier to robust system design. A system's susceptibility to such errors increases in advanced technologies, making the incorporation of effective protection mechanisms into chip designs essential. A new design paradigm reuses design-for-testability and debug resources to eliminate such errors.
X-Compact is an X-tolerant test response compaction technique. It enables up to exponential reduction in the test response data volume and the number of pins required to collect test response from a chip. The compaction hardware requires negligible area, does not add any extra delay during normal operation, guarantees detection of defective chips even in… (More)
Disk-oriented approaches to online storage are becoming increasingly problematic: they do not scale gracefully to meet the needs of large-scale Web applications, and improvements in disk capacity have far outstripped improvements in access latency and bandwidth. This paper argues for a new approach to datacenter storage called RAMCloud, where information is… (More)
improvement is tunable by selective placement of the presented error-correcting designs. When coupled with error correction code to protect in-pipeline memories, the BISER flip-flop design improves chip-level SER by 10 times over an unprotected pipeline with the flip-flops contributing an extra 7–10.5% in power. When only soft errors in flips-flops are… (More)
There is a growing concern about the increasing vulnerability of future computing systems to errors in the underlying hardware. Traditional redundancy techniques are expensive for designing energy-efficient systems that are resilient to high error rates. We present Error Resilient System Architecture (ERSA), a low-cost robust system architecture for… (More)
This paper presents a new test response compaction technique with any number of unknown logic values (X's) in the test response bits. The technique leverages an X-tolerant response compactor (X-compact), and forces X's that are not tolerated by X-Compact to known values. The data required to designate the X's not tolerated by the X-compactor, also called… (More)
CASP, Concurrent Autonomous chip self-test using <b>S</b>tored test <b>P</b>atterns, is a special kind of self-test where a system tests itself concurrently during normal operation without any downtime visible to the <b>end-user.</b> CASP consists of two ideas: 1. Storage of very thorough test patterns in non-volatile memory; and, 2. Architectural and… (More)