Computing Linear Transformations with Unreliable Components

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    Pulkit Grover (CMU), Yaoqing Yang (CMU), Soummya Kar (CMU)
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    2385.001 (University of Illinois/Urbana-Champaign)


We consider the problem of computing a binary linear transformation using unreliable components when all circuit components are unreliable. Two noise models of unreliable components are considered: probabilistic errors and permanent errors. We introduce the "ENCODED'' technique that ensures that the error probability of the computation of the linear transformation is kept bounded below a small constant independent of the size of the linear transformation even when all logic gates in the computation are noisy. Further, we show that the scheme requires fewer operations (in order sense) than its "uncoded'' counterpart. By deriving a lower bound, we show that in some cases, the scheme is order-optimal. Using these results, we examine the gain in energy-efficiency from use of "voltage-scaling'' scheme where gate-energy is reduced by lowering the supply voltage. We use a gate energy-reliability model to show that tuning gate-energy appropriately at different stages of the computation ("dynamic'' voltage scaling), in conjunction with ENCODED, can lead to order-sense energy-savings over the classical "uncoded'' approach. Finally, we also examine the problem of computing a linear transformation when noiseless decoders can be used, providing upper and lower bounds to the problem.