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CENG 5334 Fault Tolerant Computing
Class Syllabus Fall 2017
Section 01    Class Nbr 23207
Monday    1 - 3:50 PM    Classroom: Delta 242

Mandatory Text: Reliability of Computer Systems and Networks: Fault Tolerance, Analysis and Design by Martin L Shooman, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 2002, ISBN 0-471-29342-3

Instructor Kenneth Goodwin (Ken)     Office/Mailbox D224 / D101 (Department)
Home Telephone 281-333-2636     Office Telephone 281-283-3850
Office Hours As arranged, normally 4 PM Monday     E-mail Email
Web Page http://sce.uhcl.edu/goodwin


      Reliability Engineering and Risk Analysis by Modarres, Kaminskiy & Krivtsov (3rd Edition)
      Reliable Computer Systems: Design and Evaluation by Siewiorek & Swarz (previous textbook)
      Queueing Systems Volume I: Theory and Volume II: Computer Applications by Leonard Kleinrock


      Course provides students with a theoretical framework in reliable computer systems to include design, analysis, prototyping, manufacturing, maintenance and operations of fault tolerant systems. Lectures and guest practitioner presentations dealing with design techniques for fault tolerant computers, fault modes/mechanisms, architectural and software options, mathematical/simulation based modeling, evaluation techniques, risk analysis and implementation of reliable computer systems for various applications. This semester the course will include a research project utilizing reliability and safety analysis software based tools (MIL-HDBK-217, FMEA/FMECA, Reliability Block Diagrams, Fault Tree Analysis, Markov Analysis) to optimize a design for component selection, increased safety and reduced liability that will culminate with an in-class presentation and associated technical paper.


      Background in probability, digital system design, computer architecture and a modern programming language; specifically, the UHCL Catalog undergraduate courses required for admission to the graduate Computer Engineering program. Specifically: CENG 3331 or equivalent.


         Tests: There will be a midterm exam and a final exam. No make-up exams shall be given without prior approval.
(see the UHCL Catalog for policy)
      Projects: A class presentation associated with a formal paper will be assigned.
Attendance: Regular class attendance is expected. Please inform the instructor (e-mail/voice mail) if you know you'll be absent.


      Class Participation     15%
      Midterm Exam     25%
      Reliability Analysis Project/Presentation     15%
      Problem Sets     10%
      Final Exam     35% (~ 3 hours)


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