ABSTRACT Software reliability models describe the failure behavior of the software. The models are used to evaluate the software quantitatively. They assess the reliability of the software by predicting faults or failures for a software. Reliability is one of important quality attributes of the software in which software end user is more interested rather than the software developer. Hence, the performance of a software can be improved by incorporating important quality attributes like reliability, maintainability and availability of the software along with performance attributes like response time and throughput. The paper discusses about the role played by important software reliability models in analyzing the failure prediction of the software. It also explores the strong relationship that exists between quality attributes and performance attributes. With some illustrations highlighting the necessity of in-depth understanding of the link that exists between reliability and performance of the software. The derived knowledge helps in improving the performance of the software sustainably over a period of time and manage the software more effectively.
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