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Analysis of Multi-State Systems using multi-valued decision diagrams

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4 Author(s)
Akers, Jennifer ; Relex Software Corp., Greensburg, PA ; Bergman, R. ; Amari, S.V. ; Liudong Xing

A distinct characteristic of a multi-state system (MSS) is that the system and/or its components may exhibit multiple performance levels (or states) varying from perfect operation to complete failure. A MSS can model dependencies such as shared loads, performance degradation, imperfect fault coverage, standby redundancy, limited repair resources, and common-cause failures. The non-binary state property of a MSS and its components makes the analysis of such a system difficult. This paper proposes efficient algorithms for analyzing a MSS using multi-valued decision diagrams. Various reliability, availability, and performability measures are considered. The application and advantages of the proposed algorithms are demonstrated through an example.

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Reliability and Maintainability Symposium, 2008. RAMS 2008. Annual

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28-31 Jan. 2008

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