Reliability of Computer Systems and Networks: Fault Tolerance, Analysis, and Design / Edition 1

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Fault-tolerant computing is the use of redundant elements in a system's design which allow the system to continue functioning when a component fails. These safety-critical systems are built into transportation systems and network servers, among other items. The author provides comprehensive coverage of this technology with heavy emphasis on the fundamentals.
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A textbook for a professional course for practicing engineers and computer scientists or a graduate college course for students of those and related disciplines. It develops the principles of reliability and availability analysis for computer networks, culminating in an introduction to network design principles. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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"...develops the principles of reliability and availability analysis for computer networks, culminating in a n introduction network design principles." (SciTech Book News, Vol. 26, No. 2, June 2002)

"...a useful reference." (IEEE Computer-Review, August 2002)

"The author has created a wonderful toolbox for systems engineers. So much is right here in one place, and organized effectively. I recommend this book to anyone working on networks or systems where reliability is a concern." (IIE Transactions on Quality and Reliability Engineering)

"...very good practical hints...recommended for everyone who wants to learn either reliability fundamentals or know about the computer applications of reliability..."(, April 2003)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471293422
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/18/2002
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 552
  • Product dimensions: 6.34 (w) x 9.41 (h) x 1.18 (d)

Meet the Author

MARTIN L. SHOOMAN, PhD, served for many years as a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Polytechnic University in Brooklyn, New York. Dr. Shooman has been a Visiting Professor at MIT and Hunter College, and a consultant to Bell Laboratories, NASA, IBM, the US Army, and many other government and commercial organizations. A fellow of the IEEE, he has received five best paper awards from their Reliability and Computer Societies. Dr. Shooman has contributed to over 100 papers and reports to the research literature and has given special courses in Britain, Canada, France, Israel, and throughout the US. The author of Probabilistic Reliability: An Engineering Approach and Software Engineering: Design, Reliability, and Management, he is currently President of the consulting firm Martin L. Shooman & Associates.
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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 Coding Techniques 30
3 Redundancy, Spares, and Repairs 83
4 N-Modular Redundancy 145
5 Software Reliability and Recovery Techniques 202
6 Networked Systems Reliability 283
7 Reliability Optimization 331
App. A Summary of Probability Theory 384
App. B Summary of Reliability Theory 411
App. C Review of Architecture Fundamentals 475
App. D Programs for Reliability Modeling and Analysis 504
Name Index 519
Subject Index 523
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2003

    Excellent for self study

    This book has far surpassed my expectations. I expected another computer network book (like so many internet texts). Instead this gem was for very serious reliability, such as aircraft systems, military and medical equipment. It is largely focused on reliability of the interconnect pathways themselves and their topology, but also goes into detail on software and component reliability. It also shows several hardware implementation on the interconnect systems, voters and the like. It contains many real-world examples from RAID controllers to Space Shuttles. It has an even, step-by-step approach from first principles that is very easy to follow. By approaching each concept from its root principles, the reader can understand the reasons behind the math; something most engineering and math books do not do. Several appedices review the core math for reliability and probability theory for the mathematically out-of-practice, and logic design for illustration of circuit implementations. All these make the book an excellent self-contained text. The tools applied here can be expanded from network, interconnect and software systems into management and logistics issues by using the appendices as a primer of reliability theory.

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