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ABSTRACT
<p>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.</p>
INDEX TERMS
programming; safety; software reliability; dependable software; safety-critical software; rigorous techniques; mathematical techniques; program writing
CITATION
Bev Littlewood, John Knight, "Guest Editors' Introduction: Critical Task of Writing Dependable Software", IEEE Software, vol. 11, no. , pp. 16-20, January/February 1994, doi:10.1109/52.251196
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