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Approximate Computing: (Old) Hype or New Frontier?

Sarita Adve

Recorded 04 June 2015 in Lausanne, Vaud, Switzerland

Event: IC Colloquia - EPFL IC School Colloquia

Abstract

Approximate computing is often described as a paradigm that enables trading output quality for resource usage. Real-time systems (and other) communities, however, have traded quality for resources for decades. Approximate computing is also described as exploiting applications' inherent ability to tolerate faults and imprecision. Software-driven hardware resiliency approaches have exploited such attributes for low-cost resilience for a few years now. This talk will attempt to connect the old with the new and separate the hype from what could truly be the new frontier. I will draw from my experiences with the GRACE real-time resource management and the SWAT software-driven hardware resiliency projects.

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