A case history of international space station requirement faults

Jane Huffman Hayes, C. M. Inies Raphael, Elizabeth Ashlee Holbrook, David M. Pruett

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Abstract

There is never enough time or money to perform Verification and Validation (V&V) or Independent Verification and Validation (IV&V) on all aspects of a software development project, particularity for complex computer systems. We have only high-level knowledge of how the potential existence of specific requirements faults increases project risks, and of how specific V&V techniques (requirements tracing, code analysis, etc.) contribute to improved software reliability and reduced risk. An approach to this problem, fault-based analysis, is proposed and a case history of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) International Space Station (ISS) project is presented to illustrate its use. Specifically, a tailored requirement fault taxonomy was used to perform trend analysis of the historical profiles of three ISS computer software configuration items as well as to build a prototype common cause tree. ISS engineers evaluated the results and extracted lessons learned.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 11th IEEE International Conference on Engineering of Complex Computer Systems, ICECCS 2006
Pages17-26
Number of pages10
StatePublished - 2006
Event11th IEEE International Conference on Engineering of Complex Computer Systems, ICECCS 2006 - Stanford, CA, United States
Duration: Aug 15 2006Aug 17 2006

Publication series

NameProceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Engineering of Complex Computer Systems, ICECCS

Conference

Conference11th IEEE International Conference on Engineering of Complex Computer Systems, ICECCS 2006
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityStanford, CA
Period8/15/068/17/06

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Computer Networks and Communications

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