fault tolerance

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The extent to which a functional unit, such as an automatic data processing, communications, computer, information, or control system, will continue to meet specified performance requirements when one or more of its components are failing or have failed. Synonymresilience.See alsoautomatic data processing system, catastrophic degradation, communications system, component, computer system, control system, endurability, failure, functional unit, graceful degradation, information system, performance requirement, specify.