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When Programming for NASA, Contingencies Pile Up

Jun 03, 2008, 18:45 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mark Hall)

[ Thanks to StonyandCher for this link. ]

"Suppose you were developing software that would run about 50 to 60 operational tasks simultaneously, including the management of multiple mechanical and digital devices. That'd be reasonably complex. Now consider that any time a task stumbled, the software would have to correct itself. That would mean thinking ahead for every possible contingency that could affect all running tasks and designing in self-healing capabilities. That's much more complex.

"And by the way, your application will be running on Mars, so on-site service is going to be a bit of a problem..."

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