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Title: A method for rigorous development of fault-tolerant systems
Authors: Lopatkin, Ilya
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: Newcastle University
Abstract: With the rapid development of information systems and our increasing dependency on computer-based systems, ensuring their dependability becomes one the most important concerns during system development. This is especially true for the mission and safety critical systems on which we rely not to put signi cant resources and lives at risk. Development of critical systems traditionally involves formal modelling as a fault prevention mechanism. At the same time, systems typically support fault tolerance mechanisms to mitigate runtime errors. However, fault tolerance modelling and, in particular, rigorous de nitions of fault tolerance requirements, fault assumptions and system recovery have not been given enough attention during formal system development. The main contribution of this research is in developing a method for top-down formal design of fault tolerant systems. The re nement-based method provides modelling guidelines presented in the following form: a set of modelling principles for systematic modelling of fault tolerance, a fault tolerance re nement strategy, and a library of generic modelling patterns assisting in disciplined integration of error detection and error recovery steps into models. The method supports separation of normal and fault tolerant system behaviour during modelling. It provides an environment for explicit modelling of fault tolerance and modal aspects of system behaviour which ensure rigour of the proposed development process. The method is supported by tools that are smoothly integrated into an industry-strength development environment. The proposed method is demonstrated on two case studies. In particular, the evaluation is carried out using a medium-scale industrial case study from the aerospace domain. The method is shown to provide support for explicit modelling of fault tolerance, to reduce the development e orts during modelling, to support reuse of fault tolerance modelling, and to facilitate adoption of formal methods.
Description: PhD Thesis
Appears in Collections:School of Computing Science

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