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Technical Report

A Conceptual Framework for System Fault Tolerance

  • Abstract

    A major problem in transitioning fault tolerance practices to the practitioner community is a lack of a common view of what fault tolerance is, and how it can help in the design of reliable computer systems. This document takes a step towards making fault tolerance more understandable by proposing a conceptual framework. The framework provides a consistent vocabulary for fault tolerance concepts, discusses how systems fail, describes commonly used mechanisms for making systems fault tolerant, and provides some rules for developing fault tolerant systems.

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SEI

Heimerdinger, Walter; & Weinstock, Charles. A Conceptual Framework for System Fault Tolerance (CMU/SEI-92-TR-033). Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, 1992. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=11747

IEEE

Heimerdinger. Walter, and Weinstock. Charles, "A Conceptual Framework for System Fault Tolerance," Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Technical Report CMU/SEI-92-TR-033, 1992. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=11747

APA

Heimerdinger, Walter., & Weinstock, Charles. (1992). A Conceptual Framework for System Fault Tolerance (CMU/SEI-92-TR-033). Retrieved December 27, 2014, from the Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University website: http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=11747

CHI

Walter Heimerdinger, & Charles Weinstock. A Conceptual Framework for System Fault Tolerance (CMU/SEI-92-TR-033). Pittsburgh, PA: Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, 1992. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=11747

MLA

Heimerdinger, Walter., & Weinstock, Charles. 1992. A Conceptual Framework for System Fault Tolerance (Technical Report CMU/SEI-92-TR-033). Pittsburgh: Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=11747