Mission-Critical and Safety-Critical Systems Handbook

1st Edition

Design and Development for Embedded Applications

Authors: Kim Fowler
Hardcover ISBN: 9780750685672
eBook ISBN: 9780080942551
Imprint: Newnes
Published Date: 6th November 2009
Page Count: 592
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This handbook provides a consolidated, comprehensive information resource for engineers working with mission and safety critical systems. Principles, regulations, and processes common to all critical design projects are introduced in the opening chapters. Expert contributors then offer development models, process templates, and documentation guidelines from their own core critical applications fields: medical, aerospace, and military.

Readers will gain in-depth knowledge of how to avoid common pitfalls and meet even the strictest certification standards. Particular emphasis is placed on best practices, design tradeoffs, and testing procedures.

Key Features

Comprehensive coverage of all key concerns for designers of critical systems including standards compliance, verification and validation, and design tradeoffs
Real-world case studies contained within these pages provide insight from experience


Embedded software engineers/developers

Table of Contents

About the Editor About the Contributors Chapter 1 Best Practices in Mission-Assured, Mission-Critical, and Safety-Critical Systems 1 Roadmap to This Book 1.1 Systems Engineering 1.2 Important Issues 1.3 Material Covered 2 Best Practices 2.1 What and Why? 2.2 Rationale 2.3 Standards and Guidelines for a QMS 3 Project Management and Systems Engineering 3.1 Project Management 3.2 Systems Engineering 3.3 Mission Assurance 4 Process Flows for Developing Products 4.1 Plan, Execute, Review, Report, and Update (PERRU) 4.2 Development Processes 4.3 Processes vs. Procedures 4.4 General Process Models 4.5 An Example of Phases, Processes, and Procedures 5 Standards 5.1 General Standards Organizations 5.2 Industry-Based Standards Organizations 5.3 Military Standards Organizations 5.4 Aviation and Aerospace Standards Organizations 6 Potential Procedures, Checklists, and Documents 7 Review of Procedures and Processes 7.1 Difference between Procedures and Processes 7.2 Why Review Procedures and Processes? 7.3 Types of Review 7.4 Frequency of Review 7.5 Review Content 7.6 Course of Action, Changes, and Updates Following Review 7.7 Review Responsibilities 8 Configuration Management 8.1 Rationale for Configuration Management 8.2 Configuration Management Coverage 8.3 Records Responsibility 8.4 System and Location 8.5 Version Control 8.6 Design Repository 8.7 File Structure 8.8 Obsolete Documents 8.9 Training for Use of the System 9 Documentation 9.1 Rationale for Documentation 9.2 Coverage and Responsibility for Documentation 9.3


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About the Author

Kim Fowler

Kim Fowler has spent over 30 years in the design, development, and project management of medical, military, and satellite equipment. His interest is the rigorous development of diverse, mission-critical, embedded systems. Kim co-founded Stimsoft, a medical products company, in 1998 and sold it in 2003. He has also worked for JHU/APL designing embedded systems, for a company now part of Curtiss-Wright Embedded Computing that built digital signal processing boards, and consulted for both commercial companies and government agencies. Kim is a Fellow of the IEEE and lectures internationally on systems engineering and developing real-time embedded products. He has been President of the IEEE Instrumentation & Measurement society and an adjunct professor for the Johns Hopkins University Engineering Professional Program. He has published widely and has written three textbooks - this book is his fourth. He has 18 patents - granted, pending, or disclosed. Kim currently is a graduate student in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Kansas State University to finally get his PhD to teach and research.

Affiliations and Expertise

Instructor and PhD Graduate student at Kansas State University, USA and Past President, IEEE Instrumentation & Measurement Society.