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1. (WO2018138467) ERROR DETECTION USING VECTOR PROCESSING CIRCUITRY

Pub. No.:    WO/2018/138467    International Application No.:    PCT/GB2017/053712
Publication Date: Fri Aug 03 01:59:59 CEST 2018 International Filing Date: Wed Dec 13 00:59:59 CET 2017
IPC: G06F 11/16
Applicants: ARM LIMITED
Inventors: BOETTCHER, Matthias Lothar
EYOLE, Mbou
PREMILLIEU, Nathanael
Title: ERROR DETECTION USING VECTOR PROCESSING CIRCUITRY
Abstract:
A data processing apparatus (2) has scalar processing circuitry (32-42) and vector processing circuitry (38, 40, 42). When executing main scalar processing on the scalar processing circuitry (32-42), or main vector processing using a subset of said plurality of lanes on the vector processing circuitry (38, 40, 42), checker processing is executed using at least one lane of the plurality of lanes on the vector processing circuitry (38, 40, 42), the checker processing comprising operations corresponding to at least part of the main scalar/vector processing. Errors can then be detected based on a comparison of an outcome of the main processing and an outcome of the checker processing. This provides a technique for achieving functional safety in a high end processor with better performance and reduced hardware cost compared to a dual/triple core lockstep approach.