#Number
TR-PDS-2000-002
#Title
Debugging Distributed Programs Using Controlled Re-execution
#Author
Neeraj Mittal,
Vijay K. Garg
#Abstract Distributed programs are hard to write. A distributed
debugger equipped with the mechanism to re-execute the traced
computation in a controlled fashion can greatly facilitate the
detection and localization of bugs. This approach gives rise to a
general problem, called predicate control problem, which takes a
computation and a safety property specified on the computation, and
outputs a controlled computation that maintains the property.
We define a class of global predicates, called region predicates, that
can be controlled efficiently in a distributed computation. We prove
that the synchronization generated by our algorithm is
optimal. Further, we introduce the notion of an admissible sequence of
events and prove that it is equivalent to the notion of predicate
control. We then give an efficient algorithm for the class of
disjunctive predicates based on the notion on an admissible sequence.
#Bib
@techreport{TR00002,
author = "Neeraj Mittal and Vijay K. Garg",
title = "Debugging Distributed Programs Using Controlled Re-execution",
instituition = "The University of Texas at Austin",
year = "2000",
number = "TR-PDS-2000-002",
note = "available via ftp or WWW at maple.ece.utexas.edu
as technical report TR-PDS-2000-002"
}