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Can Design Faults be Tolerated?

Lookup NU author(s): Emeritus Professor Tom Anderson



The fault tolerant approach to building a reliable system acknowledges that perfection is impossible (or at best, very expensive) and therefore tries to cope with the consequences of residual defects within the system. Fault tolerance has an established role in detecting and masking component faults in hardware systems, but has also been advocated as a defence against deficiencies of design. This paper argues, in question and answer format, the case for adopting design fault tolerance techniques in practical systems.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Anderson T

Series Editor(s): Elphick, MJ

Publication type: Report

Publication status: Published

Series Title: Computing Laboratory Technical Report Series

Year: 1985

Pages: 9

Print publication date: 01/03/1985

Source Publication Date: March 1985

Report Number: 196

Institution: Computing Laboratory, The University of Newcastle upon Tyne

Place Published: Newcastle upon Tyne