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Dmitry Burlyaev, INRIA Rhône-Alpes

Theme: Verification-guided Voter Minimization in Triple-Modular Redundant Circuits
Date: December 5th, 2013 - 04h00 P.M., TIMA Laboratory - Room T312 (to be confirmed)

Abstract

We present a formal approach to minimize the number of voters in triple-modular redundant sequential circuits. Our technique actually works on a single copy of the circuit and considers a user-defined fault model (under the form “at most 1 bit-flip every k clock cycles”). Verification-based voter minimization guarantees that the resulting circuit (i) is fault tolerant to the soft-errors defined by the fault model and (ii) is functionally equivalent to the initial one. Our approach operates at the logic level and takes into account the input and output interface specifications of the circuit. Its implementation makes use of graph traversal algorithms, fixed-point iterations, and BDDs. Experimental results on the ITC’99 benchmark suite indicate that our method significantly decreases the number of inserted voters which entails an area reduction of up to 55% and a clock frequency increase of up to 35% compared to full TMR. We address scalability issues arising from formal verification with approximations and assess their efficiency and precision.