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Proceedings of IEEE 24th International Symposium on Fault- Tolerant Computing (1994)
Austin, TX, USA
June 15, 1994 to June 17, 1994
ISBN: 0-8186-5520-8
pp: 256-265
P. Bose , IBM Corp., Austin, TX, USA
We address the problem of verification and testing of super scalar processors, from the point of view of correctness of [Bprogram execution time. Trace-driven architectural si[Bmulation methods are commonly used in current industrial practice to estimate cycles-per-instruction performance of a candidate processor organization, prior to actual implementation. We present a novel set of strategies for testing the timing correctness of processors as represented in an architectural timing model ("timer"). We focus on two main aspects of the theory: (a) deriving architectural test sequences to cover possible failure modes, defined in the context of a pipeline flow state transition fault model; and (b) deriving loop test kernels to verify steady-state (periodic) behavior of pipeline flow, against analytically predicted signatures. We develop the theory in the context of an example super scalar processor and its timer model.<>
microprocessor chips, computer testing, integrated circuit testing, formal verification, pipeline processing, virtual machines, logic testing, VLSI

P. Bose, "Architectural timing verification and test for super scalar processors," Proceedings of IEEE 24th International Symposium on Fault- Tolerant Computing(FTCS), Austin, TX, USA, 1994, pp. 256-265.
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