The safe operation of computer systems, in both their software and hardware continues to be a key issue in many real time applications, when people, environment, investment or goodwill can be at risk. Such applications include the monitoring and control of high energy processes, of nuclear and chemical plants, of factory automation, of transportation systems, or funds transfer and of communication and information systems. This book represents the proceedings of the 1987 Safety and Reliability Society Symposium held in Altrincham, UK, 11-12 November 1987. It is thus part of the series of proceedings for Society Events, which in previous years have not addressed the topic of the Safety and Reliability of Computer Systems. The book is also part of another series of reports, and is closely related to the Elsevier Book "Safety and Reliability of Programmable Electronic Systems" which I edited in 1986, and the series of workshops known as SAFECOMP held in 1979, 1982, 1983, 1985, 1986 which are referenced in some of the papers. The structure of the book represents the structure of the Symposium itself.
The session titles, and the papers as selected represent the current practice in many industries. The trend is towards more industrial usage of Formal Methods, and tools to support these methods, whilst continuing to make best use of Software Engineering, Safety and Reliability Assessment, and accumulated experience.
Software Specification and Design.- A Strategy for the Development of Safety Critical Software.- Formal Support for the Development of Safety Related Systems.- Designing for Safety Using Ada Packages.- Software Verification, Acceptance and Certification.- MALPAS - Verification of a Safety Critical System.- Acceptance Testing.- Experience in Developing and Certifying Embedded Software for Aerospace Applications.- Software Verification, Test and Analysis.- Fail-safe Software - Some Principles and a Case Study.- Verification - the Practical Problems.- STEM - a Project on Software Test and Evaluation Methods.- Software Reliability and Safety Assessment and Data.- The Musa Data Revisited: Alternative Methods and Structure in Software Reliability Modelling and Analysis.- Statistical Methods for Software Reliability Assessment, Past, Present and Future.- The Development of Techniques for Safety and Reliability Assessment: Past, Present and Future.- A Model to Support the Collection and Analysis of Software Engineering Data.- Case Studies.- The THORP Approach to Safe Control.- Highly Reliable Microcomputer Systems for Railway Control.- Lessons Learned from the Failure of a Computer System Controlling a Nylon Polymer Plant.- Standards and their Application Towards Safe and Reliable Computer Systems.- The Work of the Technical Committee on Safety, Security and Reliability of Industrial Computer Systems: European Workshop on Industrial Computer Systems.- Testing of a Hardware Unit of a Nuclear Power Plant Protection System - the IEEE 796 Bus.- Beyond Good Practices - a Standard for Safety Critical Software (Naval Engineering Standard NES620).- Fault Tolerance: Components, Systems and Performance.- SMART: A System Designer Support Tool to Evaluate the Performance of Complex Fault-tolerant Systems.- A Self-checking Computer Module Based on the VIPER Microprocessor - a Building Block for Reliable Systems.- Availability by Replication in Embedded Distributed Systems: The CONCORDIA Project.- Another Dimension of Availability.- Latent Fault Detection in Fault Tolerant Computer Based Safety and Control Systems.
Number Of Pages: 293
Published: 30th November 1987
Publisher: Kluwer Academic Publishers Group
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5
Weight (kg): 0.63