An HDL-Based Platform for High Level NoC Switch Testing
ABSTRACT This paper presents a non-scan method of NoC switch testing. The method requires addition of test-mode hardware for NoC switches and processing elements which is much less than what is required for most scan methods. Associated with our proposed test-mode of an NoC, we have developed a test environment based on high-level switch faults. The test environment applies test packets to the NoC-under-test in its test-mode and generates an NoC fault dictionary to be used for error detection of an NoC running in the test-mode. Proposed fault models and test strategy will be discussed in this paper.
Conference Proceeding: An Analytical Model for Reliability Evaluation of NoC Architectures.[show abstract] [hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: This paper proposes an analytical model to assess Reliability Factor of an NoC based System-on-Chip design. Reliability Factor is the probability that faults in the NoC infrastructure can be recovered without any effect on system functionality. The proposed method classifies switch faults of an NoC according to their impact on system functionality. Based on this classification, the contribution of each transient fault lowering the reliability of the NoC is calculated. This model can be used to decide which fault tolerant techniques cause more improvement on system reliability.13th IEEE International On-Line Testing Symposium (IOLTS 2007), 8-11 July 2007, Heraklion, Crete, Greece; 01/2007
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ABSTRACT: The Networks-on-Chip (NoCs) paradigm is emerging as a solution for the communication of SoCs. Many NoC architecture propositions are presented but few works on testing these network architectures. To test the SoCs, the main challenge is to reach into the embedded cores (i.e, the IPs). In this case, the DFT techniques that integrate test architectures into the SoCs to ease the test of these SoCs are really favoured. In this paper, we present a new methodology for testing NoC architectures. A modular, generic, scalable and configurable DFT architecture is developed in order to ease the test of NoC architectures. The target of this test architecture is asynchronous NoC architectures that are implemented in GALS systems. The proposed architecture is therefore named ANOC-TEST and is implemented in QDI asynchronous circuits. In addition, this architecture can be used to test the computing resources of the networked SoCs. Some initial results and conclusions are also given01/2006;
Conference Proceeding: On-line Fault Detection and Location for NoC Interconnects.[show abstract] [hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: A novel method for on-line fault detection and location in network-on-chip (NoC) communication fabrics is introduced. This approach is able to distinguish between faults in the communication links and faults in the NoC switches. The idea is based on the use of code-disjoint routing elements, combined with parity check encoding for the inter-switch links. We analyze the effect of our method on relevant performance parameters - power, latency, and throughput. Experiments show that our approach is effective and requires minimal modifications of the existing design methods for NoC interconnects12th IEEE International On-Line Testing Symposium (IOLTS 2006), 10-12 July 2006, Como, Italy; 01/2006