Istituto di Scienza e Tecnologie dell'Informazione     
La Torre S., Chiaradonna S., Di Giandomenico F., Bondavalli A. The effects of input correlation on the dependability of iterative software. Internal note IEI-B4-24, 1995.
This paper deals with the dependability evaluation of software programs of iterative nature. In this work we define a new model that is able to account for both dependencies between input values of successive iterations and the effects of sequences of consecutive failures. Differently from previously proposed models, it is based on steady state probabilities of an iteration outcome (success, benign failure or catastrophic failure) and those representing the correlation. As such it allows to analyse the effects of the correlation between successive inputs on the dependability attributes of iterative software and assumes, as starting knowledge, information usually obtainable by testing. Requiring the designers or users to determine just the steady state probabilities of an iteration outcome, rather than difficult and costly state transition probabilities, this model is more useful and more generally applicable.
Subject Dependability
C.4 Performance of Systems

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