Talks and Poster Presentations (with Proceedings-Entry):

P Tummeltshammer, A. Steininger:
"On the Risk of Fault Coupling over the Chip Substrate";
Talk: DSD 2009 (Euromicro Conference on Digital System Design), Patras, Greece; 2009-08-27 - 2009-08-29; in: "12th EUROMICRO CONFERENCE ON DIGITAL SYSTEM DESIGN - Architectures, Methods and Tools - DSD2009", IEEE Computer Society, (2009), ISBN: 9780769537825; 325 - 332.

English abstract:
Abstract-Duplication and comparison has proven to be an
efficient method for error detection. Based on this generic principle
dual core processor architectures with output comparison
are being proposed for safety critical applications. Placing two
instances of the same (arbitrary) processor on one die yields a
very cost efficient "single chip" implementation of this principle.
At the same time, however, the physical coupling of the two
replica creates the potential for certain types of faults to affect
both cores in the same way, such that the mutual checking will
fail. The key question here is how this type of coverage leakage
relates to other imperfections of the duplication and comparison
approach that would also be found using two cores on separate
dies (such as coupling over a common power supply or clock).
In this paper we analyze several of the relevant physical
coupling mechanisms and elaborate a model to decompose the
genesis of a common cause fault into several steps. We present
an experimental study showing that a very tight local and
temporal coincidence of the fault effect in both replica is a
crucial prerequisite for a common cause fault. Based on this
quantitative input we can conclude from our decomposition
model that the risk of common cause faults is low for physical
coupling mechanisms with relatively slow propagation speed,
such as thermal and mechanical effects. The role of asymmetry
for mitigating common cause faults is discussed in the light of
these findings.

Fault Coupling, Substrate

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