There are four essential measures in the development of safety-critical systems.
- Design of safe systems
- Measures to minimize random hardware errors
- Measures to minimize systematic hardware and software errors
- Organizational measures (management of functional safety)
Particularly in the design of safe systems, the principle of Freedom from interference is a powerful measure. What’s this? The following blog provides an answer to this question.
The following diagram illustrates the principle:
With the Freedom from Interference, it can be demonstrated that a (Sub-) system with a less critical ASIL level (in the diagram ASIL A) can not influence a system with a more critical ASIL (in the diagram ASIL C). The goal is to prevent that a system with a higher error rate (= ASIL A) drives a system in which a lower error rate (ASIL C) is required.
The design on the left shows that there is no way the ASIL A system could affect the ASIL C system. This means that the ASIL C system achieves the Freedom from Interference with respect to the ASIL A system.
In the system design, on the right, a data / control flow is present from the ASIL A to the ASIL C system. As a result, the ASIL C system does not achieve the Freedom from interference, at least without any further analysis. The ASIL C system can be influenced by the ASIL A system. In this case, further design or verification measures need to be taken in order to achieve the freedom from interference. For example, the ASIL C system could first check the correctness of the ASIL A system’s data. Taking into account this measure, the ASIL C component would achieve the Freedom from interference.
In both presentations the system design was developed by the ASIL decomposition of an ASIL D component. Therefore, the D is put into the parenthesis.
ISO26262 makes „only“ the statement that sufficient independence must be achieved. In the next blog you can read how this works in the actual project practice.
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