each of the following case studies, I provide a short description
of the system, what aspects of software engineering that it
can be used to illustrate and a set of links to further information
about the systems. I haven't tried to standardise the material
available because the applicability of the case studies varies
significantly. The different material available reflects how
I have used these in my teaching.
pump case study. More information on the running case
study in the book.
Internet worm. An early
example of a security failure where a large number of Internet
servers were infected at a relatively early stage in the development
of the Internet.
Ariane 5 launcher explosion.
The Ariane 5 rocket failed on its maiden flight due to software
problems. The inertial navigation system software failed and
the rocket became unstable and had to be destroyed.
Airbus 340 flight control system.
The Airbus flight control system was the first example of
a fly by wire system for civil aircraft. This study discusses
the structure of the system and how diversity and fault tolerance
London Ambulance Despatching
System. This despatching system for emergency vehicles
failed dramatically immediately after it went live. The case
study explores the various socio-technical reasons why this
links are to sites with case study information that I have
only glanced at rather than reviewed. They may be useful:
Narasimhan's site at CMU