SELSE – Silicon Errors in Logic – System Effects

SELSE-14: The 14th Workshop on Silicon Errors in Logic – System Effects

3-4 April 2018, Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts


The growing complexity and shrinking geometries of modern manufacturing technologies are making high-density, low-voltage devices increasingly susceptible to the influences of electrical noise, process variation, transistor aging, and the effects of natural radiation. The system-level impact of these errors can be far-reaching. Growing concern about intermittent errors, unstable storage cells, and the effects of aging are influencing system design and failures in memories account for a significant fraction of costly product returns. Emerging logic and memory device technologies introduce several reliability challenges that need to be addressed to make these technologies viable. Finally, reliability is a key issue for large-scale systems, such as those in data centers. The SELSE workshop provides a forum for discussion of current research and practice in system-level error management. Participants from industry and academia explore both current technologies and future research directions (including nanotechnology). SELSE is soliciting papers that address the system-level effects of errors from a variety of perspectives: architectural, logical, circuit-level, and semiconductor processes. Case studies are also solicited.

Key areas of interest are (but not limited to):

  • Technology trends and the impact on error rates.
  • New error mitigation techniques.
  • Characterizing the overhead and design complexity of error mitigation techniques.
  • Case studies describing the tradeoffs analysis for reliable systems.
  • Experimental silicon failure data.
  • System-level models: derating factors and validation of error models.
  • Error handling protocols (higher-level protocols for robust system design).
  • Characterization of reliability of systems deployed in the field and mitigation of issues.

Important dates:

  • Abstract Submission (Mandatory): January 12, 2018 (December 20, 2017)
  • Paper Submission (For Registered Abstracts) : January 19, 2018 (January 12, 2018)
  • Author Notification: February 19, 2018
  • Camera-Ready Submission: March 4, 2018
  • Student travel grant application deadline: March 2, 2018
  • Early registration deadline: March 18, 2018
  • Discounted hotel room booking deadline: March 14, 2018

Keynote Speakers:

  • Ken LaBel, NASA
  • Arijit Biswas, Intel Corporation
  • Celine Geiger, Waymo

SELSE Panel:

Abstract: The SELSE panel will consist of position statements from silicon providers and silicon consumers, followed by a group discussion. The question for the silicon providers is their view on what resilience features they can provide from a business perspective – i.e. what do their customers ask for and how much will their customers pay? The question for the silicon consumers is the reverse – what types of resilience features are they willing to pay for?


  • Arijit Biswas, Intel Corporation
  • Shubu Mukherjee, Cavium
  • Nathan DeBardeleben, LANL
  • Celine Geiger, Waymo

Front picture is “Panoramic Boston” by Henry Han ( (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons