Issue No. 05 - May (1975 vol. 24)
B.R. Borgerson , Sperry Research Center
A model for analyzing the reliability of gracefully degrading and standby-sparing computer systems is developed. The basis of the model is the identification of four distinct causes of crashes: time-domain multiple faults, resource exhaustion, space-domain multiple faults, and solitary faults. Expressions are developed for each of these crash-causing mechanisms and for their interrelationship. The model is then demonstrated by using it to analyze the reliability of a gracefully degrading computer system called PRIME.
Fault tolerance, gracefully degrading, PRIME, reliability, resource exhaustion, solitary faults, space-domain multiple faults, standby sparing, time-domain multiple faults.
B. Borgerson and R. Freitas, "A Reliability Model for Gracefully Degrading and Standby-Sparing Systems," in IEEE Transactions on Computers, vol. 24, no. , pp. 517-525, 1975.