Analytical Reliability Estimation of SRAM-based FPGA Designs against Single-bit and Multiple-cell Upsets



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Ramezani, Reza and Clemente Barreira, Juan Antonio and Franco Peláez, Francisco Javier (2020) Analytical Reliability Estimation of SRAM-based FPGA Designs against Single-bit and Multiple-cell Upsets. Reliability Engineering and System Safety . ISSN 0951-8320 (In Press)

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This paper addresses the problem of hardware tasks reliability estimation in harsh environments. A novel statistical model is presented to estimate the reliability, the mean time to failure, and the number of errors of hardware tasks running on SRAM-based partially run-time reconfigurable FPGAs in harsh environments by taking both single-bit upsets and multiple-cell upsets into account. The model requires some features of the hardware tasks, including their computation time, size, the percent of critical bits, and the soft error rates of k-bit events (k ≥ 1) of the environment for the reliability estimation. Such an early estimation helps the developers to assess the reliability of their designs at earlier stages and leads to reduce the development cost.
The proposed model has been evaluated by conducting several experiments on actual hardware tasks over different environmental soft error rates. The obtained results, endorsed by the 95% confidence interval, reveal the high accuracy of the proposed model. When comparing this approach with a reliability model (developed by the authors in a previous work) that does not consider the occurrence of multiple-cell upsets, an overestimation of the mean time to failure of 2.88X is observable in the latter. This points to the importance of taking into account multiple events, especially in modern technologies where the miniaturization is high.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Reliability Model, Multiple Cell Upsets, Soft Errors, Hardware Tasks, FPGA-based Designs
Subjects:Sciences > Physics > Nuclear physics
Sciences > Computer science > Electronics
ID Code:60831
Deposited On:10 Jun 2020 11:42
Last Modified:23 May 2022 10:47

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