Comprehensive Failure Analysis against Soft Errors from Hardware and Software Perspectives

Yohan Ko, Hwisoo So, Jinhyo Jung, Kyoungwoo Lee, Aviral Shrivastava

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Abstract

With technology scaling, reliability against soft errors is becoming an important design concern for modern embedded systems. To avoid the high cost and performance overheads of full protection techniques, several researches have therefore turned their focus to selective protection techniques. This increases the need to accurately identify the most vulnerable components or instructions in a system. In this paper, we analyze the vulnerability of a system from both the hardware and software perspectives through intensive fault injection trials. From the hardware perspective, we find the most vulnerable hardware components by calculating component-wise failure rates. From the software perspective, we identify the most vulnerable instructions by using the novel root cause instruction analysis. With our results, we show that it is possible to reduce the failure rate of a system to only 12.40% with minimal protection.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2021 IEEE 39th International Conference on Computer Design, ICCD 2021
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages204-207
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781665432191
DOIs
StatePublished - 2021
Externally publishedYes
Event39th IEEE International Conference on Computer Design, ICCD 2021 - Virtual, Online, United States
Duration: Oct 24 2021Oct 27 2021

Publication series

NameProceedings - IEEE International Conference on Computer Design: VLSI in Computers and Processors
Volume2021-October
ISSN (Print)1063-6404

Conference

Conference39th IEEE International Conference on Computer Design, ICCD 2021
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityVirtual, Online
Period10/24/2110/27/21

Keywords

  • Failure Analysis
  • Fault Injection
  • Reliability
  • Soft Error
  • Transient Fault

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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