Articles by Paul Albertella

Codethink safety team and Exida certificate

Introducing the Deterministic Construction Service (DCS) design pattern

STPA Safety

How Codethink are using STPA for risk analysis of software-intensive systems and integrating the outputs into the engineering process.

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Applying functional safety practices to modern software-intensive systems requires a different approach to the established methods enshrined in current safety standards. Codethink have been working with Exida on a new approach to software safety for systems based on Linux.

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Applying functional safety practices to software-intensive systems can be very challenging, and established approaches have struggled to scale and adapt to the problem. But what is meant by the assertion that "Safety is a system property, not a component property" and how should this shape our understanding of safety when applied to software?

Masks, coronavirus and smartphone

As concerns about the privacy and security implications of contract tracing apps for COVID-19 show, establishing trust in software is still a real challenge. I’ve been following reports about these apps closely, and have been interested to read medical, technical and ethical analysis from around the world. What all of these perspectives underline for me is the critical role of public trust in the success or failure of such applications.

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