The FLIPPER Fault Injection Platform: Experiences and Knowledge from a Ten-year Project

Conference: ARCS 2017 - 30th International Conference on Architecture of Computing Systems
04/03/2017 - 04/06/2017 at Vienna, Austria

Proceedings: ARCS 2017

Pages: 8Language: englishTyp: PDF

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Alderighi, Monica; D’Angelo, Sergio (National Institute for Astrophysics/IASF Milano, Via E. Bassini 15, 20133 Milano, Italy)
Casini, Fabio; Sorrenti, Gabriele (Sanitas E.G. S.r.L., Viale F. Restelli 3, 20124 Milan, Italy)
Codinachs, David Merodio (European Space Agency/ESTEC, Keplerlaan 1, 2201 AZ Noordwijk, The Netherlands)
Davin, Sara (Mainstreaming S.p.A., Viale Sarca 336/F, 20126 Milano, Italy)

The paper deals with FLIPPER, a fault injection tool for SRAM-based Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) devices developed by the INAF, the Italian National Institute for Astrophysics, under a European Space Agency contract. SRAM-based FPGAs offer a number of attractive features, namely high gate density, performances, flexibility and reduced development costs. However, when employed in space or avionic applications, they are vulnerable to ionizing radiation, and, thus, their ability to cope with radiation must be assessed. This paper summarizes more than ten years of experiences with the FLIPPER fault injection platform.