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Fault Tolerance in Commercial-Off-The Shelf (COTS) Processors
Tuesday, 07 May 2013 17:06
Speaker: Dr. Amir Rajabzadeh, Computer Architecture Research Group, University of Ottawa
Date/Time: Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at 11am.
Location: SITE 5084, SITE Building, University of Ottawa
Parking: Parking fees apply.
Registration: Free to attend, but registration is required. To ensure a seat, please register by contacting Eric Karmouch ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).
Organizer: Eric Karmouch
Organized by: The Ottawa Section Computer Society Chapter.

Abstract

The use of Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) processors is now common in low-cost safety-critical applications. Examples of such applications are embedded, industrial, automobile, aircraft and most of the real-time applications. In such applications, system failures may endanger human life or may cause loss of valuable information. In these applications, features like reliability, safety, and availability are important concerns. The main reason why engineers use COTS processors in these applications are low time-to-market, development cost and test equipment cost, availability of the chips on the market, trust in products and maintainability of the systems. Safety-critical applications require high error detection capability. However, the COTS processors used in these applications have limited error detection coverage and poor error containment provisions.
This talk discusses some basic concepts of Fault Tolerant (FT) systems and presents some mechanisms forĀ  protecting COTS processor based systems against environmental faults. The talk will also present some challenges and advanced topics in Fault Tolerant and dependability areas.

Bio

Dr. Amir Rajabzadeh received his Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in computer engineering from Sharif University of Technology in 2005 and 1999, respectively. He also received his B.S. degree in telecommunication engineering from Tehran University.
He is currently working in Computer Architecture Research Group (CARG) at the University of Ottawa as a visiting professor and he has been working as an assistant professor at Razi University from 2005.
Dr. Amir Rajabzadeh has published over 40 technical papers in journals and conferences in the areas of dependable systems. He currently leads the DES lab at Razi University. His research interests include fault tolerant system, computer architecture, high performance computing and reconfigurable computing.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 May 2013 17:17
 
Toward Task-independent Imitation
Tuesday, 07 May 2013 17:02
Speaker: Dr. Babak Esfandiari, Network Management & Artificial Intelligence Lab, Carleton University
Date/Time: Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at 10am.
Location: SITE 5084, SITE Building, University of Ottawa
Parking: Parking fees apply.
Registration: Free to attend, but registration is required. To ensure a seat, please register by contacting Eric Karmouch ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).
Organizer: Eric Karmouch
Organized by: The Ottawa Section Computer Society Chapter.

Abstract

Imagine being able to make a robot or a piece of software do what we want it to do without having to program it. Our approach is to let it observe and imitate our behavior. In this talk we describe the general problem, the challenges and our attempt. To illustrate the problem, various videos of case studies will be presented.

Bio

Dr. Babak Esfandiari is an Associate Professor at the Department of Systems and Computer Engineering at Carleton University. He obtained his Ph.D. in Computer Science in 1998 (University of Montpellier, France) then worked for two years at Mitel Corporation as a software engineer before joining Carleton in 2000. His research interests include agent technology, network computing and object-oriented design.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 May 2013 17:05
 

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