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Dependability, Structure and Infrastructure

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Brian RandellORCiD



The role that system structuring techniques plays in helping to cope with system complexity and achieve system dependability is analyzed. This leads on to a discussion of (i) the problems of the various kinds of assumptions, both deliberate and unthinking, that are made by system designers, (ii) the increased difficulties regarding such assumptions that can face the designers of complex systems that are intended to function as infrastructures, and (iii) the problems of defending systems and infrastructures against malicious attacks, including those which cause initially-unsuspected structural damage.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Randell B

Publication type: Report

Publication status: Published

Series Title: School of Computing Science Technical Report Series

Year: 2004

Pages: 18

Print publication date: 01/11/2004

Source Publication Date: November 2004

Report Number: 877

Institution: School of Computing Science, University of Newcastle upon Tyne

Place Published: Newcastle upon Tyne