Wrapping the Future

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  2. Professor Thomas Anderson
  3. Professor Brian Randell
  4. Professor Alexander Romanovsky
Author(s)Anderson T, Randell B, Romanovsky A
Publication type Report
Series TitleSchool of Computing Science Technical Report Series
Source Publication DateJuly 2004
Report Number852
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Enclosing a component within a software "wrapper" is a well-established way of adapting components for use in new environments. This paper presents an overview of an experimental evaluation of the use of a wrapper to protectagainst faults arising during the (simulated) operation of a practical and critical system; the specific context is a protective wrapper for an off-the-shelf software component at the heart of the control system of a steam raising boiler. Encouraged by the positive outcomes of this experimentation we seek to position protective wrappers as a basis for structuring the provision of fault tolerance in component-based open systems and networks. The paper addresses some key issues and developments relating wrappers to the provision of dependability in future computing systems.
InstitutionSchool of Computing Science, University of Newcastle upon Tyne
Place PublishedNewcastle upon Tyne
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