Active Reliability Engineering - Technical Concept and Program Plan. A Solid-State Systems Approach to Increased Reliability and Availability in Military Systems.
Final rept. May-Oct 82,
NAVAL OCEAN SYSTEMS CENTER SAN DIEGO CA
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A technical program plan for a technology base development of a self-repair concept for complex digital systems is presented in this document. The underlying technical concept provides for bridging the gap between traditional fault tolerance and standard passive reliability engineering techniques by the coupling of statistical techniques to the application of redundancy and use of intelligent control circuitry for switching between redundant units. This technique can provide significant increases in the statistical availability of Navy systems at reasonable increase in cost, even though it may not prove absolute tolerance of one or more faults. A program plan is presented for the development of this technology base as well as application to specific areas of interest, including multicomputer networks and VLSIVHSIC integrated circuits. Author
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