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Benchmark and framework for encouraging research on multi-threaded testing tools

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3 Author(s)
Havelund, K. ; Kestrel Technol., NASA Ames Res. Center, Moffett Field, CA, USA ; Stoller, S.D. ; Ur, S.

A problem that has been getting prominence in testing is that of looking for intermittent bugs. Multi-threaded code is becoming very common, mostly on the server side. As there is no silver bullet solution, research focuses on a variety of partial solutions. In this paper (invited by PADTAD 2003) we outline a proposed project to facilitate research. The project goals are as follows. The first goal is to create a benchmark that can be used to evaluate different solutions. The benchmark, apart from containing programs with documented bugs, will include other artifacts, such as traces, that are useful for evaluating some of the technologies. The second goal is to create a set of tools with open API that can be used to check ideas without building a large system. For example an instrumentor will be available, that could be used to test temporal noise making heuristics. The third goal is to create a focus for the research in this area around which a community of people who try to solve similar problems with different techniques, could congregate.

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Parallel and Distributed Processing Symposium, 2003. Proceedings. International

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22-26 April 2003