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Application of the D3H2 methodology for the cost-effective design of dependable systems

Aizpurua, Jose Ignacio and Muxika, Eñaut and Papadopoulos, Yiannis and Chiacchio, Ferdinando and Manno, Gabriele (2016) Application of the D3H2 methodology for the cost-effective design of dependable systems. Safety, 2 (2). ISSN 2313-576X

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The use of dedicated components as a means of achieving desirable levels of fault tolerance in a system may result in high costs. A cost effective way of restoring failed functions is to use heterogeneous redundancies: components that, besides performing their primary intended design function, can also restore compatible functions of other components. In this paper, we apply a novel design methodology called D3H2 (aDaptive Dependable Design for systems with Homogeneous and Heterogeneous redundancies) to assist in the systematic identification of heterogeneous redundancies, the design of hardware/software architectures including fault detection and reconfiguration, and the systematic dependability and cost assessments of the system. D3H2 integrates parameter uncertainty and criticality analyses to model inexact failure data in dependability assessment. The application to a railway case study is presented with a focus on analysing different reconfiguration strategies as well as types and levels of redundancies.