Process for Structured Hardware RAS Development
Original Publication Date: 1983-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-07
Traditionally, RAS (Reliability, Availability, and Serviceability) groups become involved late in the product design cycle. This is, in part, because the maintenance package development and evaluation is dependent on hardware availability. This dependency on hardware availability reduces the effectiveness of the final maintenance package by limiting the time of the maintenance package development. Disclosed is a solution to this problem which enables RAS groups to make use of available tools to begin development of the maintenance package at the start of the hardware development effort. Fig. 1 shows the traditional relationship between hardware development and maintenance package development. This figure shows the separation of development activities until the first hardware is available.