Application-Layer Fault-Tolerance Protocols

IGI Global
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In this technological era, failure to address application-layer fault-tolerance, a key ingredient to crafting truly dependable computer services, leaves the door open to unfortunate consequences in quality of service.

Application-Layer Fault-Tolerance Protocols increases awareness of the need for application-layer fault-tolerance (ALFT) through introduction of problems and qualitative analysis of solutions. A necessary read for researchers, practitioners, and students in dependability engineering, this book collects emerging research to offer a systematic, critical organization of the current knowledge in ALFT.

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Vincenzo De Florio received his “Laurea in Scienze dell’Informazione” (MSc, computer science) from the University of Bari (Italy, 1987) and his PhD in engineering from the University of Leuven (Belgium, 2000). He was researcher for six years in Tecnopolis, formerly an Italian research consortium, where he was responsible for the design, testing, and verification of parallel computing techniques for robotic vision and advanced image processing. Within Tecnopolis, Vincenzo was also part of SASIAM, the School for Advanced Studies in Industrial and Applied Mathematics, where he served as a researcher, lecturer, and tutor, and took part into several projects on parallel computing and computer vision funded by the Italian National Research Council. Vincenzo was then researcher for eight years with the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium) in their ACCA division where he participated in several international projects on dependable computing (EFTOS, TIRAN, and DePauDE) He is currently a researcher with the Performance Analysis of Telecommunication Systems (PATS) research group at the University of Antwerp, where he is responsible for PATS’ branch on adaptive and dependable systems under the guidance of Professor Chris Blondia.

He is also a researcher with IBBT, the Flemish Interdisciplinary Institute for Broad-Band Technology. Vincenzo De Florio published about seventy reviewed research papers, fourteen which were for international research journals. He is member of various conference program committees. He is local team leader for IST-NMP Project ARFLEX (Adaptive Robots for Flexible Manufacturing Systems). He is an editorial reviewer for several international conferences and journals. He also served as expert reviewer for the Austrian FFF. In the last few years, he has been teaching courses on computer architectures, advanced C language programming, and a course of seminars in computer science. He is co-chair of workshop ADAMUS (the Second IEEE WoWMoM Workshop on Adaptive and DependAble Mission- and bUsiness-critical mobile Systems, http://www.adamus.ua.ac.be). Vincenzo’s interests include resilient computing, dependability, adaptive systems, embedded systems, distributed and parallel computing, linguistic support to non-functional services, complex dynamic systems modelling and simulation, autonomic computing, and more recently service orientation. [Editor]

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IGI Global
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Published on
Jan 31, 2009
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Pages
378
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ISBN
9781605661834
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Language
English
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Genres
Computers / General
Computers / Software Development & Engineering / General
Computers / Software Development & Engineering / Systems Analysis & Design
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