Survey on Approximate Computing and Its Intrinsic Fault Tolerance

Gennaro Rodrigues, Fernanda Kastensmidt, Alberto Bosio
2020 Electronics  
This work is a survey on approximate computing and its impact on fault tolerance, especially for safety-critical applications. It presents a multitude of approximation methodologies, which are typically applied at software, architecture, and circuit level. Those methodologies are discussed and compared on all their possible levels of implementations (some techniques are applied at more than one level). Approximation is also presented as a means to provide fault tolerance and high reliability:
more » ... high reliability: Traditional error masking techniques, such as triple modular redundancy, can be approximated and thus have their implementation and execution time costs reduced compared to the state of the art.
doi:10.3390/electronics9040557 fatcat:lw2f6jousvgkxkegxubi5y6cwe