Reliability in Computer System Design

Intellect Books
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This volume covers wide areas of interest such as life cycle costing, microcomputers, common-cause failures and space computers. Every effort is made to present difficult material with the aid of an example along with its solution. The material covered is summarized at the end of each chapter. The information is written in a format that allows readers to learn and better understand the philosophy of reliability in computer system design. At the same time, it tests their comprehension through listed exercises.
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Dr. B.S. Dhillon is a Professor of Engineering Management in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Ottawa. He attended the University of Wales where he received a BS in electrical and electronic engineering and an MS in mechanical engineering. He received a Ph.D. in industrial engineering from the University of Windsor.

He has served as a Chairman/Director of Mechanical Engineering Department/Engineering Management Program for over 10 years at the same institution. He has served as a consultant to various organizations and bodies and has many years of experience in the industrial sector. He has published over 320 articles on engineering management, reliability, safety, etc. He has been on the editorial boards of 8 international scientific journals. In addition, Dr. Dhillon has written 29 books on various aspects of engineering management, design, reliability, safety, and quality published by Wiley (1981), Van Nostrand (1982), Butterworth (1983), Marcel Dekker (1984), Pergamon (1986), etc. He has served as General Chairman of two international conferences on reliability and quality control held in Los Angeles and Paris in 1987.

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Publisher
Intellect Books
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Published on
Dec 31, 1987
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Pages
282
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ISBN
9780893914127
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English
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Computers / General
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Written by systems reliability expert B.S. Dhillon, the book is accessible to all levels of readership, making it useful to beginners and seasoned professionals alike. Reflecting practical trends in computer engineering especially in the area of software, Dhillon emphasizes the importance of usability in software systems and expands reliability to web usability and management. It provides methods for designing systems with increased reliability, safety, and usability.

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