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System Structure for Software Fault Tolerance

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This paper presents and discusses the rationale behind a method for structuring complex computing systems by the use of what we term "recovery blocks," "conversations," and "fault-tolerant interfaces." The aim is to facilitate the provision of dependable error detection and recovery facilities which can cope with errors caused by residual design inadequacies, particularly in the system software, rather than merely the occasional malfunctioning of hardware components.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Randell B

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: International Conference on Reliable Software

Year of Conference: 1975

Pages: 437-449

ISSN: 1523-2867

Publisher: ACM Press

Series Title: ACM SIGPLAN Notices (Issue 6)