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Real System Failures

Metadata Updated: December 6, 2023

This resource area contains descriptions of actual electronic systems failure scenarios with an emphasis on the diversity of failure modes and effects that can befall dependable systems.

Introductory pages begin here. The descriptions begin here. These pages are separated into sections. Each section starts with a List of failure scenarios.
In between the List slides are slides that give more information on those scenarios which warrant more than a bullet or two of explanation. Some references are listed here. A list of acronyms and initialisms is here.

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Metadata Created Date November 12, 2020
Metadata Updated Date December 6, 2023
Data Update Frequency irregular

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