Digital Systems Software Requirements Guidelines (NUREG/CR-6734)

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Manuscript Completed: June 2001
Date Published: August 2001

Prepared by:
M. Hecht, H. Hecht

SoHaR Incorporated
8421 Wilshire Boulevard
Suite 201
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

R. Shaffer, NRC Project Manager

Prepared for:
Division of Engineering Technology
Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Washington, DC 20555-0001

NRC Job Code Y6231

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Volume 1

This document identifies guidelines that review high-integrity software requirements documents in nuclear power plants and addresses item 4 (Adequacy of System Functions and Commitments) of the seven review requirements for digital systems listed in NUREG-0800. The framework used for developing the guidelines was taken from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission Standard Review Plan, as well as Branch Technical Positions applicable to software-based digital systems. The topic areas include accuracy, functionality, reliability, robustness, maintainability, security, timing, and human-computer interaction. Checklists in accordance with IEEE Std 830 for use during software requirements reviews are also discussed.

Volume 2

This document provides descriptions of 45 failures that are linked to software requirements review guidelines listed in Volume I prepared under Contract NRC-00-037. The failure descriptions are "lessons learned" illustrating why specific software requirements guidelines are needed.

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