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Good Design Rules

Axiomatic Design is a general purpose method for designing engineering systems that are highly effective (among other things). The axioms described in this approach are essentially as follows. 1) Maintain independence of the functional requirements so that you can set … Continue reading

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Explaining Reliability

Most everyone knows what reliability means in its precise sense, and we can refer to definitions most anywhere which are all consistent. But I know that some of us who work in the reliability fields often struggle explaining what the … Continue reading

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What is the cure for Diversity Fever?

Everyone seems to have diversity fever. We want to improve the reliability of our engineered solution, or the availability of a network, so we add redundancy, make sure we have diverse access to the service, and so on. Diversity is … Continue reading

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Capacity Management, Failure Mitigation, and Where to Start?

Standard mitigation tools are a great place to start with Capacity Management, just like any failure mitigation need. As a telecommunications and IT consultant, we’re often called upon to solve problems. I remember some of my early training that suggested … Continue reading

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Reliability Society Denver Section Meeting on Network Reliability and Prognostics

On Friday, October 26th, the Denver Section of the IEEE Reliability Society held a technical meet at the Tivoli Building of the University of Colorado-Denver. Our newest Chair, Dr. Jason W. Rupe, presented his observations and work on the advances … Continue reading

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Sorting through the nines to compare reliability or availability in designs

When comparing architectures for availability and reliability, it is often difficult to comprehend the small differences in the estimates. It is tempting to compare in terms of downtime, but doing that is a slippery slope; people like to think of … Continue reading

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A goal oriented process development guideline

Much of the process work I’ve been involved in over the years ends up becoming an exercise in documentation, or making everyone happy that you have incorporated their input, rather than creating the documented process that is efficient and effective. … Continue reading

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