Empirical estimates of software availability of deployed systems

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Empirical estimates of software availability of deployed systems
We consider empirical evaluation of the availability of the deployed software. Evaluation of real systems is more realistic, more accurate, and provides higher level of confidence than simulations, testing, or models. We process and model information gathered from a variety of operational and service support systems to obtain estimates of software reliability and availability. The three principal quantities are the total runtime, the number of outages, and the duration of outages. We consider methods to assess the quality of information in customer support systems, discuss advantages and disadvantages of various sources, consider methods to deal with missing data, and ways to construct bounds on measures that are not directly available. We propose a method to assess empirically software availability and reliability based on information from operational customer support and inventory systems and use a case study of a large communications system to investigate factors affecting softwa...
Audris Mockus
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Updated 12 Jun 2010
Type Conference
Year 2006
Authors Audris Mockus
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