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Comments on 'Can Redundancy and Masking Improve the Performance of Synchronizers?'
May 1989 (vol. 38 no. 5)
pp. 750-753
It is claimed in the above-mentioned work that redundancy and masking techniques are ineffective in improving synchronizer performance due to metastable behavior. This claim is based on an input model that is not always valid, particularly in reliability analysis. The commenter points out the weakness in the assumed model and provides an alternative input model which can be used to analyze redu

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Index Terms:
redundancy; masking; synchronizer performance; metastable behavior; reliability analysis; input model; redundant synchronizer reliability; deterministic model; performance evaluation; redundancy; reliability theory.
Citation:
A. El-Amawy, "Comments on 'Can Redundancy and Masking Improve the Performance of Synchronizers?'," IEEE Transactions on Computers, vol. 38, no. 5, pp. 750-753, May 1989, doi:10.1109/12.24278
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