ECE Course Outline
Fault Tolerant Computing (3-0-3)
- ECE 6100
- Catalog Description
- Key concepts in fault-tolerant computing. Understanding and use of modern fault-tolerant hardware and software design practices. Case studies.
- Shooman, Martin, Reliability of Computer Systems and Networks: Fault Tolerance, Analysis, and Design, Wiley Interscience, 2002. ISBN 9780471293422 (required) (used Spring 2003)
- Topical Outline
Goals and Applications of Fault Tolerant Computing Reliability, Availability, Safety, Dependability, etc. Long Life, Critical Computation High Availability Applications Fault Tolerance as a Design Objective Fault Models Faults, Errors, and Failures Causes and Characteristics of Faults Logical and Physical Faults Error Models Fault Tolerant Design Techniques Based on Hardware Redundancy Hardware Redundancy TMR, N-modular Redundancy Voting Methods Duplication, Standby Sparing Watchdog Timers Hybrid Hardware Redundancy N-modular Redundancy with Spares Sift-out Modular Redundancy Triple-duplex Architecture Fault Tolerant Interconnection Networks Fault Tolerant Design Techniques Based on Information Redundancy Parity, M-of-N, Duplication Codes Checksums, Cyclic Codes, Arithmetic Codes Berger Codes, Hamming Error Correcting Codes Code Selection Issues Time Redundancy, Recomputing with Shifted Operands (RESO) Software Redundancy, Checks and N-version Programming Reliability Evaluation Techniques Failure Rate, Mean Time to Repair, Mean Time Between Failure Reliability Modeling, Fault Coverage M-of-N Systems Markov Models Safety, Maintainability, Availability Fault Tolerance in VLSI Circuits Failure Models in VLSI Redundancy Techniques in VLSI Self-checking Logic Reconfiguration Array Structures Effect on Yield Case Studies FTSC, FTBBC Space Shuttle Tandem 16 Non Stop System Stratus/32 System ESS This course will involve writing of a term paper by the students on research/literature review/design in the fault tolerant computing area. The topics will be chosen in consultation with the instructor.
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