Testing

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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…

Quit Bugging Me: Induction

Working on a customer problem once, we had an interesting phenomena.  Upgrading a system with a large VME cage and several boards, the customer replaced older processor boards with what were then "new" boards.  The old boards ran at (I think) 33 MHz, the new ones at more like 133MHz. The overall system included motor control functions and sensor feedback,…

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 /…