Verifying quantitative reliability for programs that execute on unreliable hardware
Author(s)Misailovic, Sasa; Rinard, Martin C.; Carbin, Michael James
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Emerging high-performance architectures are anticipated to contain unreliable components that may exhibit soft errors, which silently corrupt the results of computations. Full detection and masking of soft errors is challenging, expensive, and, for some applications, unnecessary. For example, approximate computing applications (such as multimedia processing, machine learning, and big data analytics) can often naturally tolerate soft errors. We present Rely a programming language that enables developers to reason about the quantitative reliability of an application -- namely, the probability that it produces the correct result when executed on unreliable hardware. Rely allows developers to specify the reliability requirements for each value that a function produces. We present a static quantitative reliability analysis that verifies quantitative requirements on the reliability of an application, enabling a developer to perform sound and verified reliability engineering. The analysis takes a Rely program with a reliability specification and a hardware specification that characterizes the reliability of the underlying hardware components and verifies that the program satisfies its reliability specification when executed on the underlying unreliable hardware platform. We demonstrate the application of quantitative reliability analysis on six computations implemented in Rely.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory; Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Proceedings of the 2013 ACM SIGPLAN international conference on Object oriented programming systems languages & applications (OOPSLA '13)
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Michael Carbin, Sasa Misailovic, and Martin C. Rinard. 2013. Verifying quantitative reliability for programs that execute on unreliable hardware. In Proceedings of the 2013 ACM SIGPLAN international conference on Object oriented programming systems languages & applications (OOPSLA '13). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 33-52.
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