In this work we consider the reliability of a network where link failures are correlated. We define the reliability as the probability of the network to be working at a given time instant. Our main contribution is a collection of results giving a detailed analysis of a non-trivial scaling regime for the probability of the network being working at a certain time, as the time and size of network scales. Here we consider that the network fails when there are no links working, or more generally when less than k-out-of-n edges are working (with k close to n) like in [2] and [5]. Our results allow to study the common-cause failure models describe in [3] on networks in a realistic, relevant, yet practical, fashion: it allows to capture correlated components in the network; it allows to estimate and give error bounds for the failure probabilities of the system; and at same time only needs to specify a reduced family of parameters. Moreover, our results for the k-out-of-n failure model allow to give new scaling regimes for the probabilistic behavior of the last-ordinals in the theory of extreme values for dependent tuples. The techniques are similar to those used to estimate the asymptotic convergence profile for ergodic Markov chains [1] or [4].
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