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Reliability, Maintainability and Supportability of COTS-based Systems

Sun, 01/20/2013 - 09:46 -- wrobinso

Most complex systems these days are characterized, at least in part, by the Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) subsystems that they incorporate. When considering the Reliability, Maintainability and Supportability (RM&S) of such systems, therefore, the RM&S of the COTS should be included.

The intent of this Master’s Project is for the student to apply the systems engineering concepts, principles and practices they have learned to:
1. A “real” COTS-based system RM&S problem of interest to them, their sponsor and their assigned academic advisor;
2. An investigative study of some aspect of COTS-based system RM&S design; or
3. The development of a COTS-based system RM&S design case study.

Key Questions that could be considered for this Paper:
How can COTS-based Systems Software Reliability, Maintainability and Supportability be verified? How much is ‘good enough’?
How do programs that use COTS know how ‘good’ it is?
What are current best practices in COTS-based Systems Reliability, Maintainability and Supportability? How can the practices be improved?
What are the cost/schedule considerations for COTS-based Systems Reliability, Maintainability and Supportability?
What are the customer/user expectations for COTS-based Systems Reliability, Maintainability and Supportability? How can we understand those expectations?

Faculty Advisor(s): 
William Robinson
Faculty Email(s): 
William.Robinson@stevens.edu
Program: 
Systems Engineering
Project Title: 
Reliability, Maintainability and Supportability of COTS-based Systems
Description: 

Most complex systems these days are characterized, at least in part, by the Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) subsystems that they incorporate. When considering the Reliability, Maintainability and Supportability (RM&S) of such systems, therefore, the RM&S of the COTS should be included.

The intent of this Master’s Project is for the student to apply the systems engineering concepts, principles and practices they have learned to:
1. A “real” COTS-based system RM&S problem of interest to them, their sponsor and their assigned academic advisor;
2. An investigative study of some aspect of COTS-based system RM&S design; or
3. The development of a COTS-based system RM&S design case study.

Key Questions that could be considered for this Paper:
How can COTS-based Systems Software Reliability, Maintainability and Supportability be verified? How much is ‘good enough’?
How do programs that use COTS know how ‘good’ it is?
What are current best practices in COTS-based Systems Reliability, Maintainability and Supportability? How can the practices be improved?
What are the cost/schedule considerations for COTS-based Systems Reliability, Maintainability and Supportability?
What are the customer/user expectations for COTS-based Systems Reliability, Maintainability and Supportability? How can we understand those expectations?

References: 

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Student Requirements: 

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