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Reliability Analysis in Distributed Systems
March 1988 (vol. 37 no. 3)
pp. 352-358
Reliability of a distributed processing system is an important design parameter that can be described in terms of the reliability of processing elements and communication links and also of the redundancy of programs and data files. The traditional terminal-pair reliability does not capture the redundancy of programs and files in a distributed system. Two reliability measures are introduced: dis

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Index Terms:
distributed systems; design parameter; communication links; redundancy; data files; distributed program reliability; graph traversal; distributed processing; fault tolerant computing.
Citation:
C.S. Raghavendra, V.K.P. Kumar, S. Hariri, "Reliability Analysis in Distributed Systems," IEEE Transactions on Computers, vol. 37, no. 3, pp. 352-358, March 1988, doi:10.1109/12.2173
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