Course details

Fault Tolerant Systems

SPP Acad. year 2020/2021 Summer semester 5 credits

Principles of fault tolerance, structures and techniques. Codes for control and correction of information. Sparse parity codes. Cyclic codes, Fire codes, Galois field construction, BCH and RS codes. Convolutional codes. Fail-safe systems. Architecture of FT systems. Fault tolerance at VLSI level. Fault tolerance in computer units, computer systems and communication networks. Radiation fault tolerance. A380 control system. Distributed tolerant systems, fault tolerant software.


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Credit+Examination (written)

Time span

26 hrs lectures, 26 hrs projects

Assessment points

70 exam, 30 projects




Subject specific learning outcomes and competences

Skills and approaches to building fault tolerance using hardware and software.

Learning objectives

To inform the students about different types of redundancy and its application for the design of computer systems being able to function correctly even under presence of faults and data errors.

Why is the course taught

To give the students fundamental knowledge of the techniques that influence substantially all application areas of computer technology mainly from the points of view of human and finanicial risks.

Study literature

  • Lin, S., Costello, D.J.: Error Control Coding: Fundamentals and Applications, 2nd ed., PEARSON, 2010, ISBN 978-8131734407
  • Jiang, Y.: A Practical Guide to Error-Control Coding Using MATLAB. Artech House, 2010, ISBN 978-1-60807-088-6
  • Dumas, J.-G. et al.: Foundations of Coding: Compression, Encryption, Error Correction. Wiley-Blackwell, 2015, ISBN 978-1118881446
  • Sanvicente, E.: Understanding Error Control Coding. Springer, 2019, ISBN 978-3030058395

Fundamental literature

  • Lin, S., Costello, D.J.: Error Control Coding: Fundamentals and Applications, 2nd ed., PEARSON, 2010, ISBN 978-8131734407
  • Blahut, R. E.: Algebraic Codes for Data Transmission. Cambridge University Press, 2003, ISBN 978-0-521-55374-2
  • Stanford Compression Forum, EE387: Algebraic Error Control Codes, 2015

Syllabus of lectures

  • Introduction, FT design methodology. Hardware redundancy, TMR, GMR.
  • Information redundancy, error control codes, parity codes, arithmetic codes.
  • Residue codes, Hamming codes, sparse parity codes.
  • Cyclic codes, Fire codes.
  • Galois fields, BCH and Reed-Solomon codes, byte error detection.
  • Convolution codes.
  • Time redundancy, alternating logic.
  • VLSI FT techniques.
  • FT in computer units and computer systems. Radiation fault tolerance.
  • A380 control system.
  • FT systems architectures. FT communication networks.
  • Distributed FT systems. Software for FT systems.

Syllabus - others, projects and individual work of students

Individual project assignment, individually choiced and approved.

Progress assessment

Project processing, the presentation using MS Teams, submitting texts using e-mail.

Exam prerequisites

Project processing and its presentation, achieving the minimal project evaluation 10 points.


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