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Run-time fault detection in monitor based concurrent programming

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3 Author(s)
Jiannong Cao ; Software Dev. & Manage. Lab., Hong Kong Polytech. Univ., Kowloon, China ; Cheung, N.K.C. ; Chan, A.T.S

The monitor concept provides a structured and flexible high-level programming construct to control concurrent accesses to shared resources. It has been widely used in concurrent programming environments for implicitly ensuring mutual exclusion and explicitly achieving process synchronization. This paper proposes an extension to the monitor construct for detecting run-time errors in monitor operations. Monitors are studied and classified according to their functional characteristics. A taxonomy of concurrency control faults over a monitor is then defined. The concepts of a monitor event sequence and a monitor state sequence provide a uniform approach to history information recording and fault detection. Rules for detecting various types of faults are defined. Based on these rules, fault detection algorithms are developed. A prototypical implementation of the proposed monitor construct with run-time fault detection mechanisms has been developed in Java. We briefly report our experience with and evaluation of our robust monitor prototype.

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Dependable Systems and Networks, 2001. DSN 2001. International Conference on

Date of Conference:

1-4 July 2001