Improving Computer Scalability & Reliability to Enable Continued Technology Advancement

Jerry Cox
From the beginning, now some 50 years ago, we often ran into requests for help such as: “we need help, but this work needs to confidential. If this became known, it would damage the reputation of our product.” It was, and is, rare where we were allowed to publicly discuss cases of metastability and its affects. Below are some of the cases that we can discuss. We have included a couple of cases we know of that happened over the last few years where we can only discuss the work in very general terms. Metastability failures continue to happen. Metastability appears to be well enough known now that we are now beginning to see synchronizer designs that are over designed. In some of these cases, a designer has increased the circuit area and complexity because the synchronizer was over designed.