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An efficient debugging method for message-based parallel programs using static analysis information

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3 Author(s)
Hyun Seop Bae ; Dept. of Comput. Sci., Korea Adv. Inst. of Sci. & Technol., Seoul, South Korea ; Hyeon Soo Kim ; Yong Rae Kwon

Guaranteeing reproducibility and minimizing probe effects are major issues in the parallel program debugging. The paper suggests a new debugging method, called the Detect and Reproduce method, for message-based parallel programs. The proposed method is designed to guarantee the reproducible behaviors of a target program and to alleviate probe effects by reducing both the number of the probes to be inserted into a program and the amount of information gathered by those probes. The proposed method achieves such effects by employing a static analysis technique to detect nondeterminacy. By detecting nondeterminacy before running the program, only a small number of probes are required to assure reproducibility. To analyze message-based programs statically, an MHB (minimal happened before) model is designed to catch the synchronization structures and algorithms have been developed to locate nondeterminacy based on the MHB model. Utilizing the analysis results, probes are inserted only into the places where nondeterminacy is likely to take place

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Software Engineering Conference, 1995. Proceedings., 1995 Asia Pacific

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6-9 Dec 1995

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