• P-ISSN 0974-6846 E-ISSN 0974-5645

Indian Journal of Science and Technology


Indian Journal of Science and Technology

Year: 2013, Volume: 6, Issue: 3, Pages: 1-9

Original Article

Cost-Benefit Analysis of a Computer System with Priority to Preventive Maintenance over Hardware Repair Subject to Maximum Operation and Repair Times


A computer system is analyzed considering the concept of priority to Preventive Maintenance (PM) over hardware repair subject to maximum operation and repair times. Two-identical units of the computer system have been taken up—one is initially operative and other is kept as spare in cold standby. In each unit, hardware (h/w) and software (s/w) work together and may fail independently from normal mode. There is a single server who visits the system immediately when needed to carry out repair activities. PM of the unit is conducted after a Maximum Operation Time (MOT). If repair of the h/w is not possible up to a maximum repair time, it is replaced by a new one with some replacement time. However, only replacement of the s/w is made giving some replacement time with the new one when s/w fails to execute the program properly. Priority to PM of the unit is given over h/w repair. The failure time of the unit follows negative exponential distribution while the distributions of PM, repair and replacements are taken as arbitrary. To carry out the cost-benefit analysis, expressions for several reliability measures are obtained by using semi-Markov and regenerative point technique. The graphical behaviour of some important performance measures of the system has been examined giving particular values to various parameters and costs.
Keywords: Computer System, h/w and s/w Failure, Priority, Maximum Operation and Repair Time, Preventive Maintenance and Cost-Benefit Analysis.


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