Reliability Theory: Networking through a Systems Analysis Lens

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This webinar will give you basic familiarity with reliability theory, an understanding of what reliability of a network means mathematically, and a new perspective of systems reliability.

Last modified on 2019-03-12 (release notes)


1:07:13 Coherent Systems Analysis

Reliability Block Diagrams 13:34 2019-03-12
Structure Functions 14:38 2019-03-12
Relevance and Coherence 9:00 2019-03-12
Structural Importance 11:24 2019-03-12
Minimal Path and Cut Sets 7:02 2019-03-12
Finding the Structure Function 11:35 2019-03-12
Slide Deck 500K 2018-11-24

Further Reading

Want to know more? Rachel Traylor recommends these books and blog posts.


Reliability: Probabilistic Models and Statistical Methods

This book is geared more toward manufacturing reliability analysis, but nonetheless contains a very well-written introduction to many parts of basic system reliability. In particular, Chapter 2 accompanies the coherent systems lecture.

Book review
System Reliability Theory: Models, Statistical Methods and Applications

The text here is a bit more advanced in its treatment of coherent systems, but also has a larger breadth. Some topics covered here are not in the Leemis book above, and may be other further interest to networking engineers, particularly fault-tree analysis.

Rachel recommends to read chapter 3 and 4 after watching the Coherent Systems Analysis section, adding that the material goes further than Rachel did.

Chapter 5 of this text discusses component importance in great detail, but is a bit math-heavy.

Blog posts

System Reliability Basics – The Math Citadel
Probabilistic Ways to Represent the Lifetime of an Object – The Math Citadel
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