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Author Abbott, Russell J.
Source ACM Digital Library
Content type Text
Publisher Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
File Format PDF
Copyright Year ©1990
Language English
Subject Domain (in DDC) Computer science, information & general works ♦ Data processing & computer science
Abstract Above all, it is vital to recognize that completely guaranteed behavior is impossible and that there are inherent risks in relying on computer systems in critical environments. The unforeseen consequences are often the most disastrous [Neumann 1986].Section 1 of this survey reviews the current state of the art of system reliability, safety, and fault tolerance. The emphasis is on the contribution of software to these areas. Section 2 reviews current approaches to software fault tolerance. It discusses why some of the assumptions underlying hardware fault tolerance do not hold for software. It argues that the current software fault tolerance techniques are more accurately thought of as delayed debugging than as fault tolerance. It goes on to show that in providing both backtracking and executable specifications, logic programming offers most of the tools currently used in software fault tolerance. Section 3 presents a generalization of the recovery block approach to software fault tolerance, called resourceful systems. Systems are resourceful if they are able to determine whether they have achieved their goals or, if not, to develop and carry out alternate plans. Section 3 develops an approach to designing resourceful systems based upon a functionally rich architecture and an explicit goal orientation.
ISSN 03600300
Age Range 18 to 22 years ♦ above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 1990-03-01
Publisher Place New York
e-ISSN 15577341
Journal ACM Computing Surveys (CSUR)
Volume Number 22
Issue Number 1
Page Count 34
Starting Page 35
Ending Page 68


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Source: ACM Digital Library