Abstract

The authors describe an efficient method for fault diagnosis in digital systems based on the technique of reasoning. The methodology operates on the observed erroneous behavior and the structure of the system. The behavior consists of the error(s) observed on the circuit's output lines and specific values on the circuit's input lines. The technique described improves on previously published research on diagnostic reasoning in two ways. Previous work has stressed system independent techniques which could be used to diagnose any fault system whose structure can be represented. By concentrating their efforts on the specific case of diagnosing faulty digital circuits, the authors have been able to simplify the representation of the structure of the system. This representation, in the form of an AND/OR fault tree, efficiently abstracts the structure of a faulty digital system. More importantly, a method for partitioning the digital system is introduced which is shown to reduce greatly the complexity of the diagnosis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationDigest of Papers - FTCS (Fault-Tolerant Computing Symposium)
PublisherPubl by IEEE
Pages286-291
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)0818608676
StatePublished - Dec 1 1988

Publication series

NameDigest of Papers - FTCS (Fault-Tolerant Computing Symposium)
ISSN (Print)0731-3071

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hardware and Architecture

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    Thearling, K. H., & Iyer, R. K. (1988). Diagnostic reasoning in digital systems. In Digest of Papers - FTCS (Fault-Tolerant Computing Symposium) (pp. 286-291). (Digest of Papers - FTCS (Fault-Tolerant Computing Symposium)). Publ by IEEE.