Diagnostics

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Quit Bugging Me: Revalidated

One day, I get this phone call.  "We're working with the system, we see the calls that update the exception handlers early on - connecting the clock routines, etc.  Then not very much farther on we see the system has run past where tasking should be running but it's not.  When we check, we're not getting any clock interrupts, and…

Tolerating Delays

This may sound a bit funny, but in the space industry, we're constantly playing catch-up.  We're either looking at or for things that happened millions or hundreds of millions of years ago, sending rockets off to get to where something will have been just in time to take a picture of or bore a hole into it, or designing new…

Mitigating Risk

The phone rings.  A customer has an application destined for a high-risk environment, and somewhere in test they've found a new unanticipated condition.  A "Tiger Team" is formed - a group of experts who've "been here before", who understand the priority and the risks, and know how serious it is.  Many times a Tiger Team may give the go /…