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On Systematic Design of Protectors for Employing OTS Items

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Stephen RiddleORCiD, Professor Alexander RomanovskyORCiD



Off-the-shelf (OTS) components are increasingly used in application areas with stringent dependability requirements. Component wrapping is a well known structuring technique used in many areas. We propose a general approach to developing protective wrappers that assist in integrating OTS items with a focus on the overall system dependability. The wrappers are viewed as redundant software used to detect errors or suspicious activity and to execute appropriate recovery when possible; wrapper development is considered as a part of system integration activities. Wrappers are to be rigorously specified and executed at run time as a means of protecting OTS items against faults in the rest of the system, and the system against the OTS item's faults. Possible symptoms of erroneous behaviour to be detected by a protective wrapper and possible actions to be undertaken in response are listed and discussed. The information required for wrapper development is provided by traceability analysis.

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Author(s): Popov P, Riddle S, Romanovsky A, Strigini L

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: 27th Euromicro Conference

Year of Conference: 2001

Pages: 22-29

Date deposited: 22/09/2010

Publisher: IEEE Computer Society Press


DOI: 10.1109/EURMIC.2001.952434

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ISBN: 0769512364