As you can see, in addition to the print book, the electronic version reaches a broad readership and provides increased visibility for your work. This is especially noticeable in the long run: statistical data show that the usage of electronic publications remains stable for years after publication, so this is what you can expect for your book in the years to come. This encompasses the evaluation of the reliability of the system, its costs, its sustainability, its quality, its safety, its risk, and all of its performance outputs. In covering this broad scope, the objective is to provide a unified framework for comparing and integrating all aspects of system performance. This provides the manager and decision-maker with a complete, consistent picture of the system. This is the promise and exciting prospect of Performability Engineering.
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As you can see, in addition to the print book, the electronic version reaches a broad readership and provides increased visibility for your work. This is especially noticeable in the long run: statistical data show that the usage of electronic publications remains stable for years after publication, so this is what you can expect for your book in the years to come.
This encompasses the evaluation of the reliability of the system, its costs, its sustainability, its quality, its safety, its risk, and all of its performance outputs. In covering this broad scope, the objective is to provide a unified framework for comparing and integrating all aspects of system performance. This provides the manager and decision-maker with a complete, consistent picture of the system.
This is the promise and exciting prospect of Performability Engineering. The chapters included in this handbook are diverse and represent the vitality of the different aspects of Performability Engineering.
There are management-oriented chapters on the roles of reliability, safety, quality assurance, risk management, and performance management in the realm of performability management. There are chapters providing overview and the state-of-the-art on basic approaches being used in various disciplines. There are original technical contributions describing new methods and tools.
Finally, there are chapters focusing on design and operational applications. The reader therefore has a veritable garden from which to feast from this impressive collection of chapters in the handbook. In short, it is expected that this handbook will be found to be very useful by practicing engineers and researchers of the 21st Century in pursuing this challenging and relevant area for sustainable development.
Krishna B. Misra, a retired eminent professor of the Indian Institute of Technology, took to reliability nearly four decades ago and is a renowned scholar of reliability. Upon his retirement in from IIT, Kharagpur, where he established the first ever Reliability Engineering Centre in India and the postgraduate course in Reliability Engineering in , he launched the International Journal of Performability Engineering in and has since led the journal as its inaugural Editor-in-Chief.
Having reviewed the contents of this voluminous handbook, and its contributed chapters, I find it clearly covers the entire canvas of performability: quality, reliability, maintainability, safety and sustainability. Modern systems need to be addressed in a practical way instead of simply as a mathematical abstract, often bearing no physical meaning at all.
In fact, performability engineering not only aims at producing products, systems and services that are dependable but also involves developing economically viable and safe processes of modern technologies, including clean production that entails minimal environmental pollution. Performability engineering extends the traditionally defined performance requirements to incorporate the modern notion of requiring optimal quantities of material and energy in order to yield safe and reliable products that can be disposed of without causing any adverse effects on the environment at the end of their life cycle.
The chapters included in this handbook have undergone a thorough review and have been carefully devised. These chapters collectively address the issues related to performability engineering. I expect the handbook will create an interest in performability and will bring about the intended interaction between various players of performability engineering.
I firmly believe this handbook will be widely used by the practicing engineers as well as serve as a guide to students and teachers, who have an interest in conducting research in the totality of performance requirements of the modern systems of practical use.
I would also like to congratulate Dr. Misra once again for taking the bold initiative of editing this historical volume. No doubt, this is the first book, which interrelates the subject matter of the various chapters to the platform of Performability. One has to learn a lot by going deeper into the various contributions and certainly, this book will stand as one which will motivate more work by many new researchers in the coming years.
The scope of this complex discipline is extremely wide: from evaluating and optimizing system cost, quality and reliability to estimating and mitigating associated risks. All these aspects are based on analysis of system performance, which urges analysts to elaborate a unified framework for solving different problems based on a holistic view of designing, producing and using the systems.
Developing such unified framework for providing decision-makers with complete and consistent information is primary goal of performability engineering. Some of the chapters present design and operational applications. Other chapters are management-oriented and address reliability, safety, quality assurance, risk management, and performance management.
Original technical contributions describing new methods and tools complemented by overviews presenting the state-of-the-art of basic approaches related to performability engineering. Looking to the number of pages in each chapter and the arrangement of chapters, it can be said that the editor has carefully devised this voluminous Handbook, which in some way appears to be a compendium to his effort when he launched the International Journal of Performability Engineering in to bring different players in the constituent areas of performability engineering to a common platform of interaction.
The reviewer contends that this handbook will be widely used by the practicing engineers and managers in the areas of reliability, safety, sustainability and related fields. It can also serve as a guide to students and teachers as well as a useful asset to researchers looking for ideas, methodologies, problems and solutions.
I believe that the handbook will create an increasing interest in performability engineering and will stimulate interaction between researchers working in different fields related to performability engineering. I would like to congratulate Dr. Misra for editing this historical volume.
Handbook of Performability Engineering
The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules About this book Performability engineering provides us with the framework to consider both dependability and sustainability for the optimal design of products, systems or services. Whereas dependability is an aggregate of one or more of the attributes of survivability such as quality, reliability, and maintainability etc. Therefore, sustainability, characterized by dematerilization, energy and waste minimization, disposability, reuse and recycling and other the environmental considerations which help in clean production, must be considered along with dependability. Design of 21st Century products, systems and services must conform to performability designs. As of now, dependability and cost effectiveness are primarily seen as instruments for conducting the international trade in the free market environment and thereby deciding the economic prosperity of a nation.