GUARDS Project - PDCC Activity Output, Report GUARDS/D3A4/AO/6002 C, Mar 18 1997.


Analytical Modelling of GUARDS Mechanisms and Components: Example of the Error Filtering Mechanism 


S. Chiaradonna*, F. Di Giandomenico*, A. Bondavalli**

*   IEI Istituto del CNR, Via S. Maria 34, 56126 Pisa, Italy
    S.Chiaradonna@guest.cnuce.cnr.it, digiandomenico@iei.pi.cnr.it

** CNUCE Istituto del CNR, Via S. Maria 36, 56126 Pisa, Italy
     a.bondavalli@cnuce.cnr.it


Abstract

This document presents an example of the application of model-based analytical evaluation techniques to GUARDS mechanisms and components. In particular, the mechanism a-count envisaged to improve the fault treatment in the GUARDS framework has been selected. In this document we derive models of this mechanism and perform a thorough analysis with respect to appropriate identified measures. Although the models presented are mainly concerned with the general behaviour of the analysed mechanism and do not deal with the details of the specific application of the a-count mechanism in the GUARDS context, they prove to be significant examples to show the usefulness of analytical modelling and evaluation applied to mechanisms and components.

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For more information on this paper/report contact: S. Chiaradonna