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Dependability modeling for multiprocessors

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4 Author(s)
Das, C.R. ; Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park, PA, USA ; Kreulen, J.T. ; Thazhuthaveetil, Matthew J. ; Bhuyan, L.N.

A tutorial on dependability and performance-related dependability models for multiprocessors is presented. Multiprocessors are classified as having shared-memory or distributed-memory architectures, and some fundamental dependability modeling concepts. Reliability models based on four types of reliability evaluation techniques (terminal, multiterminal, task-based, and network reliability) are examined. The status of research efforts on performance-related dependability is discussed, and the models' effectiveness is illustrated with a few numerical examples. A brief survey of software packages for dependability computation in included.<>

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Computer  (Volume:23 ,  Issue: 10 )