RELY - Design for RELIABILITY of SoCs for Applications

RELY aims to set reliability as a design goal through the entire value chain of a chip (semiconductor manufacturing, IC design, etc.). To ensure proper functionality under extreme side conditions, new reliability methodologies have to be investigated. Mechanisms for countermeasures have to be placed and coordinated at all system levels. To increase the reliability of Systems-on-Chip (SoC), internal system states (temperature, aging, etc.) have to be controlled at runtime. According to the states operating parameters like the operation frequency, circuit voltage, power mode or load distribution can be dynamically adjusted.

Research Focus

The Department for Integrated Systems (LIS) focusses on the system architecture domain. The other domains are worked on by project partners.

The major research focus on:

  • Methodologies to discover potential sources of error utilizing sensors
  • Development of countermeasures on hardware level


In RELY it is planned to place sensors/monitors over the entire system to check internal system states.

Since a massive amount of data is expected, the sensor data cannot be directly forwarded to an operating system (OS) or middleware. Therefore a new hardware layer (reliability layer) has to be introduced that performs data preprocessing, data evaluation and triggers low level countermeasures. For fail safety and scalability reasons the evaluation of the monitoring data is logically divided into areas/subsystems. To provide different Quality-of-Service (QoS) levels, the reliability layer consist of three sublayers that work in different time domains.

The aggregation layer performs data preprocessing (calculation of mean values over specified time slots, filtering according threshold values, etc.). The preprocessed data is forwarded to the local evaluation layer. In this layer the sensor data of an area/subsystem is evaluated and local countermeasures that work on clock cycle level (nsec) are executed. To enable global optimizations the preprocessed and pre-evaluated data is forwarded to the system evaluation layer. The triggered countermeasures are executed in milliseconds. The remaining data is forwarded to the OS or middleware. Here further evaluation of the internal system sate can be done which utilizes the flexibility of software for both the evaluation itself and the triggered countermeasures (sec).


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    Erol Koser, Walter Stechele: A Long Duration Transient Resilient Pipeline Scheme. IEEE Transactions on Device and Materials Reliability 17 (1), 2017 more… BibTeX Full text ( DOI )
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    Erol Koser, Korbinian Berthold, Ravi Kumar Pujari, Walter Stechele: A Chip-level Redundant Threading (CRT) Scheme for Shared-Memory Protection. Int. Conference on High Performance Computing & Simulation (HPCS) 2016, 2016 more… BibTeX
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    Erol Koser, Walter Stechele: Tackling Long Duration Transients in Sequential Logic. IEEE Int. Symp. on On-Line Testing and Robust System Design (IOLTS) 2016, 2016 more… BibTeX
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    Erol Koser, Sebastian Krösche, Walter Stechele: Integrated Soft Error Resilience and Self-Test. IFIP/IEEE International Conference on Very Large Scale Integration (VLSI-SoC) 2016, 2016 more… BibTeX
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    Erol Koser, Felix Miller, Walter Stechele: Matching Detection and Correction Schemes for Soft Error Handling in Sequential Logic. Euromicro Conference on Digital System Design (DSD), 2015 more… BibTeX
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    Erol Koser, Benno Stabernack: A run-time reconfigurable NoC Monitoring System for performance analysis and debugging support. PARS-Workshop 2015, 2015 more… BibTeX
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    David May, Walter Stechele: Improving the Significance of Probabilistic Circuit Fault Emulations. 20th IEEE International On-Line Testing Symposium (IOLTS), 2014 more… BibTeX
  • 8/11
    David May, Walter Stechele: Probabilistic Circuit Fault Emulation. edaWorkshop, 2014 more… BibTeX
  • 9/11
    David May, Walter Stechele: A Resource-efficient Probabilistic Fault Simulator. 23rd International Conference on Field Programmable Logic and Applications (FPL), 2013 more… BibTeX
  • 10/11
    Erol Koser, Nasim Pour Aryan, Martin Wirnshofer, Georg Georgakos, Doris Schmitt-Landsiedel, Walter Stechele: RELY - Reliability of SoCs for Safety Critical Applications. edaWorkshop 12, 2012 more… BibTeX
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    David May, Walter Stechele: An FPGA-based Probability-aware Fault Simulator. SAMOS XII, International Conference on Embedded Computer Systems: Architectures, Modeling and Simulation, 2012, 302-309 more… BibTeX