Configurations of series-parallel networks with maximum reliability

Walter J. Gutjahr, Georg Ch Pflug, Andrzej Ruszczyriski

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The optimal design problem for networks with three-state components is the following: select from a given class of networks with n components, each of which can be operative or experience an open-mode or a shorted-mode failure state, the network with maximum reliability. We present an algorithm for solving this problem in the case of two-stage series parallel networks, i.e. networks consisting of a number of series configurations linked in parallel or vice versa. For practically relevant network sizes (up to 100 components), the algorithm is fast.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)247-253
Number of pages7
JournalMicroelectronics Reliability
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1996
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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