REAL-TIME AND FAULT-TOLERANT SYSTEMS

CSE4RFS

2015

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject examines the concept of fault, error, failure, layered machines, classification of faults, provision of static and dynamic redundancy, hardware, software, time and information redundancy, N-version and roll-back and recovery methods, concepts of local and global clocks, time validity of information, real time systems and networks.

SchoolSchool Engineering&Mathematical Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorBen Soh

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 4 - UG/Hons/1st Yr PG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites CSE1OOF and (CSE2NEF or CSE5NEF)

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Ability to use the existing fault-tolerant and real-time computing literature.

Activities:
Introduction: Background; Dependability; Techniques to achieve dependability. (4 hours of lectures and 2 hours of pracs/tutes)
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Discipline-specific GCs (Discipline-specific GCs)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

02. Ability to describe, explain, generalize, classify, adapt and assess techniques, which are currently available for designing and analysing reliable fault-tolerant and real-time computer systems.

Activities:
Conceptualisation of faults; Redundancy management; Info redundancy; Time Redundancy. (6 hours of lectures and 4 hours of pracs/tutes)
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Discipline-specific GCs (Discipline-specific GCs)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)

03. Ability to outline the methodologies that are available to combat system failures caused by hardware and/or software.

Activities:
Hardware Redundancy: Techniques; Software Redundancy. (4 hours of lectures and 4 hours of pracs/tutes)
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Discipline-specific GCs (Discipline-specific GCs)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)

04. Ability to recognize dependability analysis techniques, which can be used to verify that a system has met its requirements.

Activities:
Hardware Redundancy: Markov Modelling. (4 hours of lectures and 4 hours of tutes/pracs)
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy (Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Discipline-specific GCs (Discipline-specific GCs)

05. Ability to discuss and explain the design fundamentals of a leading commercial real-time, fault-tolerant system.

Activities:
Dependable Web Services; Security Fault Tolerance. (4 hours of lectures and 4 hours of pracs/tutes)
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Discipline-specific GCs (Discipline-specific GCs)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)

06. Ability to identify the possible risks and ethical and social considerations relevant to designing a critical fault-tolerant system.

Activities:
Fault-tolerant system case studies. (2 hours of lectures and 2 hours of pracs/tutes)
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Discipline-specific GCs (Discipline-specific GCs)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2015, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorBen Soh

Class requirements

Practical Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours practical per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
one 3-hour examination70 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
one programming and/or essay assignment/lab work equiv. to 1,500 words.Hurdle requirement: In order to pass the unit, students must obtain an overall pass grade, pass the examination and pass the overall non-examination components.30 01, 02, 03, 06