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Practical Fault Tolerant Software for Asynchronous Systems

Lookup NU author(s): Emeritus Professor Tom Anderson, Professor Brian RandellORCiD



The demand for highly reliable computer systems has led to techniques for the construction of fault-tolerant software (Chen and Avizienis, 1978; Horning and colleagues, 1974). Networks of computers, distributed resources, and multiple CPUs introduce new problems of constructing reliable systems and involve the organisation and control of error recovery in complex asynchronous systems (Davies, 1978; Kim, 1982, Liskov, 1982; Randell and colleagues, 1978). This paper reviews the general principles and frameworks proposed for the design of fault-tolerant asynchronous systems and discusses the pragmatic issues that must be resolved before such systems become practicable.

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Author(s): Campell RH, Anderson T, Randell B

Publication type: Report

Publication status: Published

Series Title: Computing Laboratory Technical Report Series

Year: 1983

Pages: 12

Print publication date: 01/08/1983

Source Publication Date: August 1983

Report Number: 187

Institution: Computing Laboratory, University of Newcastle upon Tyne

Place Published: Newcastle upon Tyne