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Topic: Reliability & Maintainability Questions and Answers

Topic Posted by: Reliability & Maintainability Forum (src_forum@alionscience.com )
Organization: System Reliability Center
Date Posted: Mon Aug 31 12:47:36 US/Eastern 1998

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Posted by: Anil Kumar (anilkumar_sng@yahoo.com )
Organization:Centre For Reliability, Chennai, India
Date posted: Wed Jan 2 2:37:32 US/Eastern 2002
Subject: FMECA/FMEA in Software Development
Message:
Dear Patrick, I have this book - RAC's Introduction to Software Reliability but this does not fulfill my requirements. I want an in-depth knowledge of application of FMECA/FMEA IN SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT with case studies and examples. Please suggest a good book / reference material on this topic.


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Subject: Softwrae FMEA
Reply Posted by: Patrick Hetherington (phetherington@alionscience.com )
Organization: Reliability Analysis Center
Date Posted: Wed Jan 2 8:11:15 US/Eastern 2002
Message:
Here is an additional list fo refernces. Books dedicated to Software FMEAs do not seem available, however there are many papers. I would suggest that you search http://rac.alionscience.com/InfoResources/Rac_Biblio.html for a list of papers on the subject. SOFTWARE RELIABILITY HANDBOOK ABSTRACT IMPROVEMENTS IN THE TECHNOLOGY OF SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT HAVE REACHED THE POINT WHERE THE MAJOR ISSUES HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED AND CONSIDERABLE PROGRESS HAS BEEN MADE IN ADDRESSING THEM. METHODS FOR TECHNICAL SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT ARE WELL DEFINED AND PRACTICAL WORKING TOOLS TO SUPPORT IMPROVED SOFTWARE PRODUCTION ARE COMMONLY AVAILABLE. EXPERIENCE SHOWS THAT APPLICATION OF THE RIGHT METHODS CAN BRING SIGNIFICANT IMPROVEMENTS IN QUALITY AND PRODUCTIVITY, AND THE PURPOSE OF THIS HANDBOOK IS TO BRING TOGETHER THE VARIOUS ASPECTS OF SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT INTO AN INTEGRATED COVERAGE OF THE SUBJECT OF DEVELOPING RELIABLE SOFTWARE.  PUBLICATION DATE: 1990  AUTHORS: ROOK, P.  SPONSORING AGENCY NAME: CENTRE FOR SOFTWARE RELIABILITY  PERFORMING/PUBLISHING AGENCY NAME: ELSEVIER APPLIED SCIENCE PUBLISHERS INC.  SOURCE: ELSEVIER ENGINEERING RELIABILITY: NEW TECHNIQUES AND APPLICATIONS; SOFTWARE RELIABILITY ABSTRACT HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE; SOFTWARE RELIABILITY MODELS; HARDWARE RELIABILITY MODELS; SHOOMAN MODEL; MARKOV MODEL; JELINSKI-MORANDA MODEL; SCHICKWOLVERTON MODEL; MODEL VALIDATION; SOFTWARE RELIABILITY ASSURANCE AND IMPROVEMENT; DESIGNING FOR RELIABILITY; TESTING  PUBLICATION DATE: 1981  AUTHORS: DHILLON,B.S. SINGH,C.  AD/LD ORDER NO: ISBN 0-471-05014-8  PERFORMING/PUBLISHING AGENCY NAME: UNIVERSITY OF OTTAWA  SOURCE: JOHN WILEY SOFTWARE FAILURE MODES AND EFFECTS ANALYSIS ABSTRACT THIS CONCEPT PAPER DISCUSSES THE POSSIBLE USE OF FAILURE MODES AND EFFECTS ANALYSIS (FMEA) AS A MEANS TO PRODUCE MORE RELIABLE SOFTWARE. FMEA IS A FAULT AVOIDANCE TECHNIQUE WHOSE OBJECTIVE IS TO IDENTIFY HAZARDS IN REQUIREMENTS THAT HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO EITHER ENDANGER MISSION SUCCESS OR SIGNIFICANTLY IMPACT LIFE CYCLE COSTS. FMEA TECHNIQUES CAN BE PROFITABLY APPLIED DURING THE ANALYSIS STAGE TO IDENTIFY POTENTIAL HAZARDS IN REQUIREMENTS AND DESIGN.  PUBLICATION DATE: Jan 1979  AUTHORS: REIFER,D.J.  JOURNAL NAME: IEEE TRANS ON RELIABILITY  VOL.: 28  NO.: 3  PAGES: 247-249  PERFORMING/PUBLISHING AGENCY NAME: SOFTWARE MANAGEMENT CONSULTANTS  SOURCE: IEEE Software FMEA Techniques ABSTRACT Assessing the safety characteristics of software driven safety critical systems is problematic. Methods to allow assessment of the behavior of processing systems have appeared in the literature, but provide incomplete system safety evaluation. Assessing the safety characteristics of small embedded processing platforms performing control functions has been particularly difficult. The use of fault tolerant, diverse, processing platforms has been one approach taken to compensate for the lack of assurance of safe operation of single embedded processing platforms. This approach raises cost and, in at least some cases where a safe state can be demonstrated, is unnecessary. Over the past decade, the author has performed software FMEA on embedded automotive platforms for brakes, throttle, and steering with promising results. Use of software FMEA at a system and a detailed level has allowed visibility of software and hardware architectural approaches which assure safety of operation while minimizing the cost of safety critical embedded processor designs.  PUBLICATION DATE: January 24-27, 2000  AUTHORS: Goddard, P.  AD/LD ORDER NO: ISBN 0-7803-5848-1  JOURNAL NAME: Annual R&M Symposium Proceedings  NO.: 2000  PAGES: 118-123  SPONSORING AGENCY NAME: Raytheon  PERFORMING/PUBLISHING AGENCY NAME: IEEE  SOURCE: IEEE


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Subject: Software FMECA
Reply Posted by: Jean-Marie CLOAREC (Jean-Marie.Cloarec@ligeron.com )
Organization: LIGERON SA
Date Posted: Mon Jan 14 4:06:47 US/Eastern 2002
Message:
Hello, I have a paper on this subject, but in french. I can fax it to you if you want.


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