Reducing soft-error vulnerability of caches using data compression

Conference/Journal
IEEE
Authors
Sparsh Mittal Jeffrey S Vetter
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Abstract
Abstract: With ongoing chip miniaturization and voltage scaling, particle strike-induced soft errors present increasingly severe threat to the reliability of on-chip caches. In this paper, we present a technique to reduce the vulnerability of caches to soft-errors. Our technique uses data compression to reduce the number of vulnerable data bits in the cache and performs selective duplication of more critical data-bits to provide extra protection to them. Microarchitectural simulations have shown that our technique is effective in reducing ...