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Reliability Modeling of Hardware and Software Interactions, and Its Applications

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3 Author(s)
Xiaolin Teng ; Dept. of Ind. & Syst. Eng., Rutgers Univ., Piscataway, NJ ; Pham, H. ; Jeske, D.R.

We classify system failures into three categories: hardware failures, software failures, and hardware-software interaction failures. We develop a unified reliability model that accounts for failures in all three categories. Hardware, and software failures are accounted for with well-known modeling approaches. In this paper, we propose a modeling methodology using Markov processes to capture hardware-software interaction failures. We illustrate the combined hardware & software modeling approach by applying it to a real telecommunication system

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Reliability, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:55 ,  Issue: 4 )