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User-Perceived Reliability of Shared Protection Systems with a Finite Number of Repairers

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3 Author(s)
Ozaki, H. ; Broadband Networks Oper. Unit, NEC Corp., Abiko, Japan ; Kara, A. ; Zixue Cheng

In this paper we investigate the user-perceived availability and Mean Time to Failure (MTTF) of M-for-N shared protection systems with a finite number of repairers. We assume that there are M backup units, N mutually independent users' (working) units, and C repairers (1 les Cles M + N)We investigate a Markov-chain model (with failure rate lambda per unit, repair rate mu per repairer) that is subject to an FCFS (First Come, First Served) protection switching and FCFS unit re-housing discipline. When a working unit fails, the service for the user of the unit is protected by one of the M protection units if available. If the service is not protected, the user enters a queue waiting for the service restoration. On the other hand, a failed unit immediately enters another queue waiting for repairs. Namely, there are two kinds of queues in the system. An analysis based on state transition diagrams gives a closed-form solution of the user-perceived availability and a recurrence computation method of the use-perceived MTTF. Our numerical examples reveal the effects of the number of repairers.

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Computer and Information Technology, 2009. CIT '09. Ninth IEEE International Conference on  (Volume:2 )

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11-14 Oct. 2009

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