Mini-Workshop on “Hardware/Software Interfaces”

Mini-Workshop on “Hardware/Software Interfaces”



Dortmund, Germany


October 27-28, 2011



Program Chair:

Michael Engel,
Peter Marwedel,
Marco Platzner

The mini-workshop focused on the interfaces between hardware and software relevant for error handling
approaches. These are of special importance since the SPP considers errors on the hardware
side, however, the effects of errors in most cases show up on the software side. Thus, there are
interesting trade-offs to analyze between hardware and software when implementing efficient error
detection and correction methods.
Altogether, there were more than 20 SPP project members attending. The workshop consisted of
five talks by SPP project members from Dresden, Munich, Karlsruhe, and Dortmund, an invited talk
by one of the co-organizers of a project on self-stabilization properties for embedded software, in
which Michael Engel (FEHLER project, TU Dortmund) is one of the principal investigators, as well
as several discussion sessions. Results of the workshop include a better common understanding
of the interfaces, especially considering the system software as a moderator between hardware and
software. In addition, interesting discussions ensued on consequences for the RAP model. The
ideas presented in the talk by Michael Engel also resulted in a publication at the Design for Reliability
Workshop (DFR) at the HiPEAC conference 2012 in Paris in January 2012.