Design of Dependable and Fault-Tolerant Embedded Systems, 7.5 credits

Design of Dependable and Fault-Tolerant Embedded Systems, 7.5 credits

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The aim of this course is to provide participants with the fundamental principles of dependability and fault tolerance, as well as with the main practical methods and strategies for design of fault-tolerant embedded systems.

Responsible: Mälardalen University (Guillermo Rodriguez-Navas)

Course modules:

  1. Basic dependability concepts and terminology.
  2. Fault tolerance fundamentals and principles
  3. Strategies for design of fault-tolerant systems
  4. Techniques to tolerate software faults
  5. Study of the architecture of an existing fault-tolerant embedded system

Learning outcomes: The student should after course completion be able to:

  • Understand the basic concepts of dependability and fault tolerance
  • Have knowledge and experience in applying different paradigms for design of fault-tolerant systems
  • Develop fault-tolerant software according to current methodologies
  • Have knowledge about existing fault-tolerant architectures

Related industrial challenges addressed in the course:

  • Improve design quality in terms of dependability attributes (reliability, availability, etc.)
  • Develop a systematic approach to fault tolerance, which should replace ad-hoc solutions that lead to long development and verification cycles, software refactoring and overdimensioning of resources.
  • Learn and understand available design alternatives for fault tolerance as well as more advanced evaluation techniques.
  • Create a common understanding of dependability terminology

Upcoming instances: September 2017, and ’18

More info:

  • Course title in Swedish: Design av pålitliga och feltoleranta inbyggda system
  • Course code: DVA460 (at MdH), MDH-24119 (at
  • Course syllabus at Mälardalen University
  • Autumn 2017 instance at Mälardalen University
  • Admission requirements: 120 credits of which at least 80 credits in Computer Science and / or equivalent. In addition, at least 18 months of documented work experience in software development.