Forum: Reliability & Maintainability Questions and Answers

Topic: Reliability & Maintainability Questions and Answers

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

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Posted by: Clay Davis
Date posted: Tue Oct 5 17:12:16 US/Eastern 1999
Subject: Reliability vs Availability Calculations
I am trying to determine the availability for a new design for a computer system. Since availability is highly dependent of the software and the MTTR, I have decided to focus only on the hardware at this point. My question is, say for a system that has an MTBF of 10 yrs, is the availability (from a hardware standpoint) 0.9048 at the end of the first year? I calculated this number using the standard R=e(-lambda*t). Lambda = 1 / 87600 hours and t = 8760 hrs. This would lead me to believe the computer system is going to be un-available for more than 1 month during the first year, which cannot be correct. Any thought on what I am doing wrong? Thanks for your help. Clay Davis


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