Classification - 4.1 English

Soft Error Mitigation Controller Product Guide (PG036)

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The controller classifies errors in the classification state. The controller always passes through the classification state, even if classification is disabled. During the classification state, status_classification is TRUE.

All errors signaled as uncorrectable during the correction state are signaled as essential. The only reason an error can be uncorrectable is because it cannot be located. And, if this is the case, the controller cannot look up the error to determine whether it is essential. In these cases, the controller sets status_essential , generates a report, and then transitions to the idle state. After an uncorrectable error is encountered, the controller does not continue looking for errors. Now, the FPGA must be reconfigured.

The treatment of errors signaled as correctable during the correction state depends on the controller option setting. If error classification is disabled, all correctable errors are unconditionally signaled as essential. If error classification is enabled, the controller generates a classification data request on the Fetch Interface. In the system-level design example, the EXT shim translates this request into a read of the external memory. The return data is provided to the controller by the EXT shim. With this data, the controller then determines whether it is essential. In all cases, the controller generates a report, changes status_essential as appropriate, and then transitions to the observation state to resume looking for errors.