Tool and Library Qualification

Tool and Library Qualification

By Oscar Slotosch
As experts in the creation of safe software systems, in this podcast we answer all the questions about tool and library qualification. Each episode guides you through a crucial topic via discussions, interpretations, and examples given by safety professionals in Validas and beyond, and there’s something for everyone — from specialists to beginners!

Our podcast spans the gap between the basic safety standards and new safety products on the market; we’ve created it for you, so contact us at podcast@validas.de with comments, questions, or suggestions of topics you’d like to learn about.
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Episode 13: Tool Certification
This episode features an interview with Claudio Gregorio, a functional safety expert working at TÜV SÜD — a leading independent technical service provider. To understand Claudio’s role and duties in the assessment and certification of software components, Oscar puts himself in the shoes of a tool provider and finds out the answers to all his burning questions on certificates, safety manuals, and the relationship between certification authorities and software tool providers. To learn more about the functional safety services of TÜV SÜD, visit their website or send an inquiry to functional-safety@tuvsud.com.
24:23
August 19, 2019
Episode 12: Qualification Test Strategies
This week’s episode is an introduction to qualification test strategies; what is qualification testing and how it differs from quality testing, how do you create a test strategy, and what principles should you follow when deciding how many test cases to run? We also help you determine the exact number of required test cases for your qualification tests. In future episodes, we will focus on the specific qualification test strategies for tools, libraries, and product software — before taking a deep dive into the details, join us for the basics!
19:50
July 29, 2019
Episode 11: Tool Chain Analyzer
The Tool Chain Analyzer (TCA) is a crucial part of Validas’s framework — it is used to model complex tool chain features and their dependencies, with the ultimate goal of making your qualification project as simple and as automated as possible. In this week’s episode, Oscar explains how the TCA is used, why modeling your tool chain is important, and also shares news about the TCA features that are currently in development. To test out the free version of Validas’s TCA, visit http://www.validas.de/en/services/tca/. 
16:51
July 22, 2019
Episode 10: Tool Qualification Workshop
Have you been thinking about creating a tool qualification roadmap for your own software? It all starts with the tool qualification workshop! This week, Oscar explains what you can expect at a workshop: who should participate, what topics are covered, how long it takes, and what it will result in.
16:48
July 15, 2019
Episode 09: Tool Qualification Roadmap
In this week’s episode, Oscar takes us on a journey through the tool qualification roadmap — where do you start when you want to ensure your software is safe to use, which parts of the project are crucial, and how does Validas approach the safety analysis of new software? Learn all that and much more by joining us through the Tool and Library Qualification podcast!
17:21
July 8, 2019
Episode 08: Tool Detection
In this episode we tackle TD, or tool detection, the process of determining how likely it is that potential errors in software tools will be detected. Tune in to learn how TD is used to reach a tool confidence level (TCL), the details of how it is determined, whose responsibility it is to investigate TD levels, and why some of these levels might lead to more reliable software than others.
17:32
July 1, 2019
Episode 07: Tool Confidence Level
When using a software tool or compiler in a safety-relevant project, it’s important to be confident in its results — using the ISO 26262 safety standard, we call this reliability the tool confidence level (TCL). In this episode, Oscar explains how TCL classes are determined and how they affect the tool usage, why you wouldn’t want the lowest TCL for your product, and where TCL classification might be more trouble than expected.
21:12
June 24, 2019
Episode 06: Safety Standards
After our Whit Monday break, this week we tackle the hefty topic of safety standards! Join Oscar as he leads you through the usage of safety standards and their application to the development of different types of software, as well as the difficult questions of what is an acceptable risk and how we should think about the safety of new technologies.
19:28
June 17, 2019
Episode 05: Qualification Roles
Tool users, tool providers, safety experts, and developers — what role do they have in the qualification processes and whose responsibility is it to ensure a tool is safe? If you’ve ever been puzzled by this nomenclature, join us in this week’s episode, in which Oscar breaks down the crucial roles involved in qualification and shares his insights on their importance! 
19:00
June 3, 2019
Episode 04: Qualification Processes
Join us in this week’s episode to learn about qualification processes — Oscar will teach you about the ins and outs of a standard qualification, the preparation that comes before qualification, and how building QKits just might increase the quality of your projects!
17:16
May 27, 2019
Episode 03: Classification
In our third episode, Oscar explains why tools need to be classified before they are qualified, where the classification rules are determined, and which class you really want your tools to be in. Join us to learn how to perform a classification, how to wrangle error mitigations, and why classes in avionics hold extra weight!
18:20
May 20, 2019
Episode 2: Definitions
In our second episode, we set the stage and define all the topics crucial in the business of qualification: tools, libraries, safety standards, classification, and qualification itself. What methods can you use to claim a tool or library is safe and where do the most obscure problems always pop up? Join us to find out!
18:42
May 13, 2019
Episode 1: Why Tool Qualification?
In our first podcast episode, we introduce the topic of tool qualification — the main area of expertise of both Validas and our host, Dr. Oscar Slotosch. Why do we qualify tools, when did we start paying attention to tool safety, and how difficult of a task is it to ensure human life isn’t put in danger by unreliable software? Learn about all that and much more in our Tool and Library Qualification podcast!
16:30
May 3, 2019
Episode 0: Overview
As experts in the creation of safe software systems, in this podcast we answer all the questions about tool and library qualification. Each episode guides you through a crucial topic via discussions, interpretations, and examples given by safety professionals in Validas and beyond, and there’s something for everyone — from specialists to beginners! Our podcast spans the gap between the basic safety standards and new safety products on the market; we’ve created it for you, so contact us at podcast@validas.de with comments, questions, or suggestions of topics you’d like to learn about. 
04:31
May 1, 2019
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