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Safeware: System Safety and Computers

 
 
 
 
Safeware: System Safety and Computers
Author: Nancy G. Leveson
ISBN 13: 9780201119725
ISBN 10: 201119722
Edition: 1
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Publication Date: 1995-04-17
Format: Paperback
Pages: 704
List Price: $54.99
 
 

We are building systems today—and using computers to control them—that have the potential for large-scale destruction of life and environment. More than ever, software engineers and system developers, as well as their managers, must understand the issues and develop the skills needed to anticipate and prevent accidents before they occur. Professionals should not require a catastrophe to happen before taking action.

Addressing this need in her long-awaited book, Nancy Levenson examines what is currently known about building safe electromagnetic systems and looks at past accidents to see what practical lessons can be applied to new computer-controlled systems.

Software

  • Demonstrates the importance of integrating software safety efforts with system safety engineering
  • Describes models of accidents and human error that underlie particular approaches to safety problems
  • Presents the elements of a software program, including management, hazard analysis, requirements analysis, design for safety, design of the human-machine interface, and verification

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Leveson (computer science and engineering, U. of Washington) summarizes what is known about the safety of electromechanical systems, particularly those operated or monitored by computer. Emphasizing the importance of integrating software safety efforts with system safety engineering, she presents the elements of a program that includes management, hazard and requirements analysis, design for safety, design of the human-machine, interface, and verification. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)