ABSTRACT In recent times, computer based systems are frequently used for protection and control in the various industries viz Nuclear, Electrical, Mechanical, Civil, Electronics, Medical, etc. From the operating experience of those computer based systems, it has been found that the failure of which can lead to the severe damage to equipments or environmental harm. The culprit of this accident is nobody other than our software, whose reliability has not been ensured in those conditions. Also for real time system, throughput of the system and average response time are very important constructs/ metrics of reliability. Moreover neither of the software reliability model is available which can be fitted generically for all kinds of software. So, we can ensure reliability at the early stage i.e. during design phase by architecturing the software in a better way. The objective of this paper is to provide an overview of the state-of-the-art research in the area of architecture-based software reliability analysis. We then describe the shortcomings and the limiting assumptions underlying the prevalent research. We also propose various approaches which have the potential to address the existing limitations
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