1993, pp 157-168

Dependability: from Concepts to Limits

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Our society is faced with an ever increasing dependence on computing systems, which lead to question ourselves about the limits of their dependability. In order to respond this question, a global conceptual and terminological framework is needed, which is first given. The analysis of the limits in dependability which is then conducted identifies design faults as the major limiting factor, a consequence of which is the concluding recommendation of applying a fault tolerance approach to the improvement of the production process.

This work was partially supported by the ESPRIT Basic Resaerch Action PDCS (Predictably Computing Systems, project no. 6362)