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Dependability Benchmarking Using Software Faults: How to Create Practical and Representative Faultloads

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3 Author(s)
Pedro Costa ; CISUC - Center for Inf. & Syst., Univ. of Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal ; João Gabriel Silva ; Henrique Madeira

The faultload is one of the most critical components of a dependability benchmark. It should embody a repeatable, portable, representative and generally accepted fault set. Concerning software faults, the definition of that kind of faultloads is particularly difficult, as it requires a much more complex emulation method than the traditional stuck-at or bit-flip used for hardware faults. Although faultloads based on software faults have already been proposed, the choice of adequate fault injection targets (i.e., actual software components where the faults are injected) is still an open and crucial issue. Furthermore, knowing that the number of possible software faults that can be injected in a given system is potentially very large, the problem of defining a faultload made of a small number of representative faults is of utmost importance. This paper proposes a strategy to guide the fault injection target selection and reduce the number of faults required for the faultload and exemplifies the proposed approach with a real Web-server dependability benchmark and a large-scale integer vector sort application.

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Dependable Computing, 2009. PRDC '09. 15th IEEE Pacific Rim International Symposium on

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16-18 Nov. 2009