Validation of ultrahigh dependability for software-based systems

@article{Littlewood1993ValidationOU,
  title={Validation of ultrahigh dependability for software-based systems},
  author={Bev Littlewood and Lorenzo Strigini},
  journal={Commun. ACM},
  year={1993},
  volume={36},
  pages={69-80}
}
Modern society depends on computers for a number of critical tasks in which failure can have very high costs. As a consequence, high levels of dependability (reliability, safety, etc.) are required from such computers, including their software. Whenever a quantitative approach to risk is adopted, these requirements must be stated in quantitative terms, and a rigorous demonstration of their being attained is necessary. For software used in the most critical roles, such demonstrations are not… 

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