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Dependable Computing and Fault Tolerance, IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on


The IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on Dependable Computing and Fault Tolerance (TCFT) provides a forum for exchange of ideas among interested scientists, researchers, practitioners, developers, maintainers, users and students in the technical field. It is aimed at identifying and integrating approaches, methods and techniques for specifying, designing, building, assessing, validating, operating and maintaining computer systems where faults are considered natural, anticipated events, and thus, can be tolerated.

A wide variety of faults are considered: accidental faults (physical, design-induced, or originating from human interaction) and intentional and/or malicious faults, namely those affecting the security of systems. Specifically, TCFT is concerned with progress in:

  • understanding of faults and their effects;
  • specification and design methods for fault-tolerant computing;
  • validation, and design for testability and verifiability;
  • assessing, through modeling and measurement, the dependability achieved.
In these ways, TCFT hopes to play a crucial role in minimizing the risks that the increasingly sophisticated computing and communications systems might cause for society.


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