Safety-Critical Software

Software plays a critical role in almost every facet of our daily life—from cooking in our kitchens, to driving our cars, to working in our offices. Some of these systems are safety-critical. Failure of software could cause catastrophic consequences for human life. Imagine the antilock brake system (ABS) in your car. A software failure here could render the ABS inoperable at a time when you need it most. For these types of safety-critical systems, having guidelines that define processes and objectives for the creation of software that focus on software quality, or the ability to use software that has been developed under this scrutiny, has tremendous value for developers of safety-critical systems.

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