Supervised learning based model for predicting variability-induced timing errors

X. Jiao, A. Rahimi, B. Narayanaswamy, H. Fatemi, J. Pineda de Gyvez, R.K. Gupta

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Circuit designers typically combat variations in hardware and workload by increasing conservative guardbanding that leads to operational inefficiency. Reducing this excessive guardband is highly desirable, but causes timing errors in synchronous circuits. We propose a methodology for supervised learning based models to predict timing errors at bit-level. We show that a logistic regression based model can effectively predict timing errors, for a given amount of guardband reduction. The proposed methodology enables a model-based rule method to reduce guardband subject to a required bit-level reliability specification. For predicting timing errors at bit-level, the proposed model generation automatically uses a binary classifier per output bit that captures the circuit path sensitization. We train and test our model on gate-level simulations with timing error information extracted from an ASIC flow that considers physical details of placed-and-routed single-precision pipelined floating-point units (FPUs) in 45nm TSMC technology. We further assess the robustness of our modeling methodology by considering various operating voltage and temperature corners. Our model predicts timing errors with an average accuracy of 95% for unseen input workload. This accuracy can be used to achieve a 0%-15% guardband reduction for FPUs, while satisfying the reliability specification for four error-tolerant applications.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConference Proceedings - 13th IEEE International NEW Circuits and Systems Conference, NEWCAS 2015, 7-10 June 2015, Grenoble, France
Place of PublicationPiscataway
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
ISBN (Electronic)9781479988938
ISBN (Print)978-1-4799-8894-5
Publication statusPublished - 6 Aug 2015
Event13th IEEE International NEW Circuits and Systems Conference (NEWCAS 2015) - Grenoble, France
Duration: 7 Jun 201510 Jun 2015
Conference number: 13


Conference13th IEEE International NEW Circuits and Systems Conference (NEWCAS 2015)
Abbreviated titleNEWCAS 2015


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