Fault Tolerant Computer Architecture

Fault Tolerant Computer Architecture

Daniel Sorin
ISBN: 9781598299533 | PDF ISBN: 9781598299540
Copyright © 2009 | 104 Pages | Publication Date: 01/01/2009

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For many years, most computer architects have pursued one primary goal: performance. Architects have translated the ever-increasing abundance of ever-faster transistors provided by Moore's law into remarkable increases in performance. Recently, however, the bounty provided by Moore's law has been accompanied by several challenges that have arisen as devices have become smaller, including a decrease in dependability due to physical faults. In this book, we focus on the dependability challenge and the fault tolerance solutions that architects are developing to overcome it. The two main purposes of this book are to explore the key ideas in fault-tolerant computer architecture and to present the current state-of-the-art - over approximately the past 10 years - in academia and industry.

Table of Contents

Introduction
Error Detection
Error Recovery
Diagnosis
Self-Repair
The Future

About the Author(s)

Daniel Sorin, Duke University
Daniel J. Sorin is an associate professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and of Computer Science at Duke University. His research interests are in computer architecture, including dependable architectures, verification-aware processor design, and memory system design. He received a PhD and MS in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Wisconsin, and he received a BSE in electrical engineering from Duke University. He is the recipient of an NSF Career Award and a Warren Faculty Scholarship at Duke. He is the author of a previous Synthesis Lecture, Fault Tolerant Computer Architecture (2009).

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