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Deriving Hierarchical Safety Contracts


Publication Type:

Conference/Workshop Paper


The 21st IEEE Pacific Rim International Symposium on Dependable Computing


Safety cases need significant amount of time and effort to produce. The required amount of time and effort can be dramatically increased due to system changes as safety cases should be maintained before they can be submitted for certification or re-certification. Anticipating potential changes is useful since it reveals traceable consequences that will eventually reduce the maintenance efforts. However, considering a complete list of anticipated changes is difficult. What can be easier though is to determine the flexibility of system components to changes. Using sensitivity analysis is useful to measure the flexibility of the different system properties to changes. Furthermore, contracts have been proposed as a means for facilitating the change management process due to their ability to record the dependencies among system’s components. In this paper, we extend a technique that uses a sensitivity analysis to derive safety contracts from Fault Tree Analyses (FTA) and uses these contracts to trace changes in the safety argument. The extension aims to enabling the derivation of hierarchical and correlated safety contracts.We motivate the extension through an illustrative example within which we identify limitations of the technique and discuss potential solutions to these limitations.


author = {Omar Jaradat and Iain Bate},
title = {Deriving Hierarchical Safety Contracts},
month = {November},
year = {2015},
booktitle = {The 21st IEEE Pacific Rim International Symposium on Dependable Computing},
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