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Engineering of Complex Computer Systems, IEEE International Conference on (2012)
Paris, France France
July 18, 2012 to July 20, 2012
ISBN: 978-1-4673-2156-3
pp: 29-38
Software Fault Tree Analysis (SFTA) and Software Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (SFMEA) are the techniques used to improve the reliability of software systems. SFTA is a top down deductive approach while SFMEA is a bottom up inductive approach to do risk analysis. In this paper, we present a formal approach to analyze and validate the functional requirements using SFTA and to identify the vulnerable failure modes with SFMEAs. The approach comprises of three steps. First, the functional requirement specified as a set of use cases are mapped to success tree and fault tree. Second, fault tree and success tree are synthesized to obtain minimum cut sets. These cut sets are then used to identify missing or incorrectly documented requirements. Third, we propose a formalized method to find vulnerable failure modes of software systems with the combination of SFMEA and SFTA techniques. Further, we suggest compensating provisions to avoid the occurrence of these critical failures. We demonstrate the applicability of the proposed approach using an illustrative example.
Fault trees, Logic gates, Software systems, Unified modeling language, Software algorithms, Fault diagnosis, failure modes analysis, software fault tree analysis, requirement specification, use case modeling, validation, SFMEA

S. Tiwari, S. S. Rathore, S. Gupta, V. Gogate and A. Gupta, "Analysis of Use Case Requirements Using SFTA and SFMEA Techniques," 2012 17th International Conference on Engineering of Complex Computer Systems (ICECCS), Paris, 2012, pp. 29-38.
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