An Introduction to Safety-Critical Systems

List of items to be discussed in the lecture


  1. N. Storey: Safety-Critical Computer Systems. Addison Wesley Longman 1996.
  2. M. R. Lyu: Software Reliability Engineering. McGraw-Hill 1995.

Definitions: Dependability

Concepts: Safety Requirements Versus Customer Requirements

Concepts: Safety-related Responsibilities for PM, QA, CM, SD

Independent on the specific development approaches and standards relevant for the development of a safety-critical system, a "common understanding" about responsibilities for project management, quality assurance, configuration management and software development groups has emerged from the standardisation efforts of the last decade. (Of course, a specific standard might address the items listed below in a differ-rent way.) Depending on the specific applicable standard, the responsibilities listed below have to be taken by PM, QA, CM or SD.

Responsibilities with respect to Standards.

Responsibilities with respect to Documentation.
Responsibilities with respect to methods and tools.
Responsibilities with respect to VVT.

Jan Peleska / Bremen Institute of Safe Systems BISS / <> / 24MAY1998