Technical Report CS0314

TR#:CS0314
Class:CS
Title: Mutations and Test for VLSI Chips
Authors: Shmuel Katz
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Abstract: Test generation is considered for a family of existing testing methodologies for VLSI chips. The methodologies have in common that errors on a chip are reflected as changes (called mutations) in a program-level description of the implemented algorithms. Testing criteria are developed for two types of mutants, and techniques from program verification are used to define a collection of predicates which input data must satisfy in order to be an adequate test. The actual generation of the values is considered, and it is shown under what conditions a chip which passes such a test is guaranteed error-free.
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