Dependability Benchmarking for Computer Systems

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John Wiley & Sons, Oct 3, 2008 - Computers - 384 pages
A comprehensive collection of benchmarks for measuring dependability in hardware-software systems

As computer systems have become more complex and mission-critical, it is imperative for systems engineers and researchers to have metrics for a system's dependability, reliability, availability, and serviceability. Dependability benchmarks are useful for guiding development efforts for system providers, acquisition choices of system purchasers, and evaluations of new concepts by researchers in academia and industry.

This book gathers together all dependability benchmarks developed to date by industry and academia and explains the various principles and concepts of dependability benchmarking. It collects the expert knowledge of DBench, a research project funded by the European Union, and the IFIP Special Interest Group on Dependability Benchmarking, to shed light on this important area. It also provides a large panorama of examples and recommendations for defining dependability benchmarks.

Dependability Benchmarking for Computer Systems includes contributions from a credible mix of industrial and academic sources: IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Sun Microsystems, Critical Software, Carnegie Mellon University, LAAS-CNRS, Technical University of Valencia, University of Coimbra, and University of Illinois. It is an invaluable resource for engineers, researchers, system vendors, system purchasers, computer industry consultants, and system integrators.


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4 Dependability Benchmarking Using Environmental Test Tools
5 Dependability Benchmark for OLTP Systems
6 Dependability Benchmarking of Web Servers
7 Dependability Benchmark of Automotive Engine Control Systems
8 Toward Evaluating the Dependability of Anomaly Detectors
10 UserRelevant Software Reliability Benchmarking
11 Interface Robustness Testing Experience and Lessons Learned from the Ballista Project
12 Windows and Linux Robustness Benchmarks with Respect to Application Erroneous Behavior
13 DeBERT Dependability Benchmarking of Embedded RealTime OfftheShelf Components for Space Applications
14 Benchmarking the Impact of Faulty Drivers Application to the Linux Kernel
15 Benchmarking the Operating System against Faults Impacting Operating System Functions
16 Neutron Soft Error Rate Characterization of Microprocessors

9 Vajra Evaluating ByzantineFaultTolerant Distributed Systems

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About the author (2008)

Karama Kanoun is Directeur de Recherche at LAAS-CNRS, France. Her research interests include the modeling and evaluation of computer system dependability. She was the principal investigator for the DBench (Dependability Benchmarking) European project, and has been a consultant for the European Space Agency, Ansaldo Trasporti, and the International Telecommunication Union. Kanoun is vice-chair of the IFIP WG 10.4 on Dependable Computing and Fault Tolerance and chairs its SIG on Dependability Benchmarking. She also chairs the French SEE Technical Committee on Trustworthy Computer Systems.

Lisa Spainhower is an IBM Distinguished Engineer in the System Design organization of Systems and Technology Group (STG). STG designs and develops IBM's semiconductor technology, ranging from small x86-based servers to clusters of mainframes, operating systems, and storage subsystems. She is also a member of the IBM Academy of Technology,?IEEE, IEEE Computer Society, and the Technical Committee on Fault-Tolerant Computing Executive Committee. Spainhower is vice-chair of the IFIP WG 10.4 SIG on Dependability Benchmarking.

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