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January/February 1994 (vol. 11 no. 1)
pp. 16-20

Safety-critical software must perform as desired and should never fail. The need for dependability stems from the fact that the consequences of failure are extremely high, usually a threat to human life. To write such systems, most now agree that we must adopt rigorous techniques, rooted in mathematics.

Index Terms:
programming; safety; software reliability; dependable software; safety-critical software; rigorous techniques; mathematical techniques; program writing
Citation:
John Knight, Bev Littlewood, "Guest Editors' Introduction: Critical Task of Writing Dependable Software," IEEE Software, vol. 11, no. 1, pp. 16-20, Jan.-Feb. 1994, doi:10.1109/52.251196
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