Structure for Dependability: Computer-Based Systems from an Interdisciplinary Perspective

Authors: Besnard, Denis, Gacek, Cristina, Jones, Cliff

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This book breaks new ground by presenting an interdisciplinary approach to a crucial problem – system dependability. Computer-based systems include hardware, software and people. Achieving dependability for such systems requires an interdisciplinary approach.

In Structure for Dependability: Computer-Based Systems from an Interdisciplinary Perspective, computer scientists, sociologists, statisticians and psychologists bring together their latest research on the structure of dependable computer-based systems. The result is a highly readable overview of ways to achieve dependability in large computer-based systems with practical advice on designing dependable systems.

Work on structure for dependability has usually come from a single discipline and has been concerned only with the computer systems. Stakeholders and system designers now agree that human and social issues cannot be separated from technical matters. The approach taken in this book demonstrates that interdisciplinarity delivers real benefits in the design and deployment of complex computer-based systems.

This book is one of the outcomes of a six year Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration. Topics covered include fault tolerance, system evolution, determining software specifications, HCI, architecture, certification, dependability arguments, organisations, diagrams, time and procedures.

System developers, stakeholders, decision makers, policymakers and researchers will find this book a unique resource which highlights the core issues for all those involved in improving dependability in complex computer-based environments.

 

Table of contents (3 chapters)

  • The role of structure: a dependability perspective

    Cliff B Jones, Brian Randell

    Pages 3-15

  • Architectural description of dependable software systems

    Cristina Gacek, Rogério de Lemos

    Pages 127-142

  • Ethnography and the social structure of work

    David Martin, Ian Sommerville

    Pages 169-188

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Structure for Dependability: Computer-Based Systems from an Interdisciplinary Perspective
Authors
Copyright
2006
Publisher
Springer-Verlag London
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag London
eBook ISBN
978-1-84628-111-2
DOI
10.1007/b138838
Softcover ISBN
978-1-84628-110-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 306
Number of Illustrations and Tables
50 b/w illustrations
Topics