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Using Hardware Performance Counters for Fault Localization

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1 Author(s)
Yilmaz, C. ; Fac. of Eng. & Natural Sci., Sabanci Univ., Istanbul, Turkey

In this work, we leverage hardware performance counters-collected data as abstraction mechanisms for program executions and use these abstractions to identify likely causes of failures. Our approach can be summarized as follows: Hardware counters-based data is collected from both successful and failed executions, the data collected from the successful executions is used to create normal behavior models of programs, and deviations from these models observed in failed executions are scored and reported as likely causes of failures. The results of our experiments conducted on three open source projects suggest that the proposed approach can effectively prioritize the space of likely causes of failures, which can in turn improve the turn around time for defect fixes.

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Advances in System Testing and Validation Lifecycle (VALID), 2010 Second International Conference on

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22-27 Aug. 2010