Special Issue "Resiliency, Robustness, and Reliability (R3) for VLSI Circuits and Systems"


A special issue of Journal of Low Power Electronics and Applications (ISSN 2079-9268).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (28 February 2014)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Massimo Alioto

1 Department of Information Engineering, University of Siena, Italy
2 University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA
Website: http://www.dii.unisi.it/~malioto/
Interests: low-power and ultra-low power circuits and systems; subthreshold VLSI circuits; VLSI circuits in emerging technologies; cryptographic circuits robust against side-channel attacks; robust and variability-aware design of ultra-low voltage circuits; logic styles for enhanced yield at ultra low voltages; power management for ultra-low power wireless nodes
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Paul Ampadu

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, University of Rochester, Rochester, USA
Website: http:// http://www.ece.rochester.edu/projects/edison/

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Resiliency, robustness and reliability have become a major concern in the design of circuits and systems for computing, storage, and processing. These challenges will become even more critical in future generation VLSI circuits and systems. Simultaneously, the energy/performance/design effort cost of ensuring adequate yield and correctness over the whole chip lifespan is increasing rapidly, possibly offsetting the benefits of technology scaling.

This special issue focuses on circuit, system, and cross-layer techniques to deal with faults and errors introduced by inherent, transient or aging-related failures. Emphasis is given to the following challenges: (i) designing resilient/robust/reliable systems derived from unreliable components, (ii) reducing design margin and cost necessary to detect and correct failures, (iii) defining energy/performance-aware design strategies to handle failures in imperfect systems, (iv) developing low-cost yield-centric techniques that are amenable to further technology scaling, (v) developing approaches to reduce or tolerate device/circuit degradation over time, (vi) enhancing resiliency/robustness/reliability to enable aggressive energy/voltage reduction.

Scientific contributions are invited to address the above challenges. Topics of interest for this issue include, but are not limited to:

  • process/voltage/temperature variation-aware techniques for low-energy and/or high-performance applications
  • design-time and post-silicon approaches to enhance yield in nanoscale CMOS chips
  • adaptive/redundant/reconfigurable circuits, modules and systems to deal with defects and failures
  • low-overhead techniques for detection and correction of static/slow/fast errors
  • application-aware approaches for less-than perfect/approximate computing
  • innovative approaches to prolonging chip lifetime in spite of aging and other reliability issues
  • design exploration and automation with emphasis on resiliency, robustness and reliability
  • resiliency, robustness and reliability in beyond-CMOS technologies
  • issues related to reliable ultra-low voltage VLSI circuits and systems for green computing.

Dr. Massimo Alioto
Prof. Dr. Paul Ampadu
Guest Editors


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J. Low Power Electron. Appl. 2014, 4(1), 44-62; doi:10.3390/jlpea4010044
Received: 12 November 2013 / Revised: 20 January 2014 / Accepted: 10 February 2014 / Published: 27 February 2014
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J. Low Power Electron. Appl. 2013, 3(4), 300-336; doi:10.3390/jlpea3040300
Received: 6 August 2013 / Revised: 20 September 2013 / Accepted: 12 October 2013 / Published: 25 October 2013
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