Quantitative dependability assessment of distributed systems subject to variable conditions

TitleQuantitative dependability assessment of distributed systems subject to variable conditions
Publication TypeConference Proceedings
Year of Conference2013
AuthorsS., D., B. D., L. F., and S. M.
Conference NameInternet and Distributed Computing Systems
PublisherSpringer Berlin Heidelberg
Conference LocationBerlin
KeywordsDependability assessments, Dependability evaluation, Distributed computing systems, Internet of Things (IOT), Phase Type Distributions., Solution techniques, Variable conditions

Dependability evaluation plays a key role in the design of a broad range of systems, where related properties have to be carefully analyzed in order to meet the requirements. This is particularly challenging in distributed contexts, where several entities may interact influencing each other. In this paper, we present an analytical framework that allows the study of a class of phenomena where different working conditions alternate, changing the stochastic behavior of the system. The proposed solution technique, based on phase type distributions and on ad-hoc fitting algorithms, can be applied in dependability evaluation of a wide class of distributed systems. Examples are provided to show the usefulness and the applicability of the framework, characterizing and investigating different dependability aspects of two distributed computing systems, i.e., connection-oriented networks and Internet of Things.