Improving Computer Scalability & Reliability to Enable Continued Technology Advancement

J. Cox, T. Chaney, D. Zar
13 Feb 2011

By simulating the behavior of a synchronizer, an estimate of its Mean-Time-Between-Failures (MTBF) can be obtained. The method for estimating MTBF described here was originally based on the work of Molnar and Rosenberger [1], work which depended heavily for its success on their extensive experience in carrying out simulations of synchronizers. The recent work of Kinniment [2] and that of Jones, Wang and Greenstreet [3] have been of considerable benefit in improving and automating our approach. In addition, we review the stochastic aspects of estimating MTBF.

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