A Markovian Software Availability Measurement with a Geometrically Decreasing Failure-Occurrence Rate

Koichi TOKUNO  Shigeru YAMADA  

Publication
IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Fundamentals of Electronics, Communications and Computer Sciences   Vol.E78-A   No.6   pp.737-741
Publication Date: 1995/06/25
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Print ISSN: 0916-8508
Type of Manuscript: PAPER
Category: Reliability and Fault Analysis
Keyword: 
software availability,  measurement and assessment,  Markov process,  instantaneous software availability,  

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Summary: 
We develop a software availability model incorporating software failure-occurrence and fault-correction times, under the assumption that the hazard rate for software failure-occurrence decreases geometrically with the progress in fault-removal process. Considering that the software system alternates two states, i.e. the operational state that a system is operating and the maintenance state that a system is inoperable due to the fault-correction activity, we model the time-dependent behavior of the system with a Markov process. Expressions for several quantities of software system perfomance are derived from this model. Finally, numerical examples are presented for illustration of software availability measurement.