Norman L. May


February 1988

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Dept. of Computer Science and Engineering


Oregon Graduate Center


The Oregon Graduate Center's Cognitive Architecture Project (CAP) is developing a flexible architecture to evaluate and implement several types of neural networks. Wafer-scale integrated silicon is the targeted technology, allowing higher density and larger networks to be implemented more cheaply than with discrete components. The large size of networks implemented in wafer-scale technology makes it difficult to assess the effects of manufacturing faults on network behavior. Since neural networks degrade gracefully in the presence of faults, and since in larger networks faults tend to interact with each other, it is difficult to determine these effects analytically. This paper discusses a program, FltSim, that simulates wafer manufacturing faults. By building an abstract model of the CAP architecture, the effects of these manufacturing faults can be determined long before proceeding to implementation. In addition, the effects of architectural design trade-offs can be studied during the design process.





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