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IEC 61508 – The Functional Safety Basic Standard

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Functional Safety Basic Standard IEC61508

The Functional Safety Basic Standard IEC61508 is often referred to as the mother of all functional safety standards. This standard was introduced in 1998 with the intention of defining cross-industry processes and methods to be used for safety-relevant electrical, electronic and programmable electronic systems. IEC61508 is applied if no industry-specific standards are available for this […]

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IEC 61508 – Tool qualification – When? Why? How?

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zertifizierte Werkzeuge, Tool qualification

The term tool qualification triggers an unpleasant feeling and uncertainty in many people who deal with functional safety. IEC61508 requires the certification of software tools used for software development. Other functional safety standards also require similar measures. Unfortunately, however, the same terms are not always used. IEC61508 uses the term „certified tools“, often the term […]

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Functional safety and pragmatism is that possible?

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pragmatic software development

Many people associate with the implementation of functional safety, a lot of formalism, and unnecessarily extensive documentation and many processes with a high proportion of theoretical framework. And yes, such projects are existing very often and in every industry. My experience shows that such projects are not very powerful when measured by the real implementation […]

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RE for embedded and IT systems – It’s time for the embedded community to become aware of the differences!

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Requirement Engineering

If you analyses the book market, publications or conferences on requirements management and engineering (RE), you will find that more than 90% consider requirements engineering from the point of view of IT software systems. There are very few publications that look at the topic from the perspective of embedded systems. On the one hand, it […]

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RE Engineering – Aspects which even not considerd in RE theory!

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In most of the requirement engineering publications, the focus is on management aspects. The collection and management of requirements is discussed extensively. In the following blog I discuss important aspects which are not sufficiently considered in the RE theory. I start with the definition of Requirement Engineering in the book „Requirements Engineering Fundamentals“ (Klaus Pohl, […]

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Compiler for safety critical software – What needs to be done?

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The compiler is the central „tool“, which is required for every software development. It forms the link between the human-readable high-level source code (e.g., C and C ++) and the machine code, interpretable for the hardware processor. For the development of safety critical software according to relevant functional safety standards special requirements apply for the tools […]