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Information Sciences Letters

Information Sciences Letters

Abstract

This paper presents the impact of repair policies on the availability of a selector distribution unit (SDU) in a telecommunication system. Three repair policies are analyzed, One-Shot Repair Policy, Sequential Repair Policy, and Simultaneous Repair Policy. The availability of the SDU unit is measured using each of the investigated repair policies. Failure rates and average availability are used as primary performance indexes. The results show that the impact of repair policy is minimal when the number of faults is relatively low. When the number of faults to be repaired is relatively large, the on-site simultaneous repair policy outperforms the other policies. The results were obtained using fault MEADEP reliability and availability analysis tool. The data used for measuring the performance of the repair policies are obtained from environment and practical numbers. The investigated SDU has availability budget of 0.99999933, which is required to achieve a 5 NINES availability for the entire telecom network.

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