Date of Award
Master of Science
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Today’s critical systems of military and aviation grade consist of several complex requirements that need to be assessed for a safe and continuous operation before they are deployed for use. Several coverage methodologies have been proposed over the years with Modified Condition / Decision Coverage (MC/DC) being chosen by the aviation industry. This practice is becoming a highly recommended coverage methodology among several modern standards such as the Automotive Safety Integrity Level (ASIL) of automotive standard ISO 26262 and the Safety integrity level (SIL) 4 in part 3 Annex B of the basic safety publication. The main focus of this thesis is to provide an automated process that can provide test vectors suitable for applying MC/DC testing. By using as the core engine a modified version of a hardware-oriented technique used in Automatic Test Pattern Generation (ATPG) called PODEM (Path-Oriented Decision Making) we get to produce several test vectors that can contribute towards MC/DC structural coverage.
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