Conference paper

KŘENA Bohuslav, LETKO Zdeněk, TZOREF-BRILL Rachel, UR Shmuel and VOJNAR Tomáš. Healing Data Races On-The-Fly. In: Proceedings of 5th International Workshop on Parallel and Distributed Systems: Testing and Debugging Modelling - PADTAD'07. London: Association for Computing Machinery, 2007, pp. 54-64. ISBN 978-1-59593-734-6.
Publication language:english
Original title:Healing Data Races On-The-Fly
Title (cs):Healing Data Races On-The-Fly
Pages:54-64
Proceedings:Proceedings of 5th International Workshop on Parallel and Distributed Systems: Testing and Debugging Modelling - PADTAD'07
Conference:PADTAD - Parallel and Distributed Systems: Testing and Debugging
Place:London, GB
Year:2007
ISBN:978-1-59593-734-6
Publisher:Association for Computing Machinery
Keywords
Concurrency, Testing, Self-Healing
Annotation
Testing of concurrent software is extremely difficult. Despite all the progress in the testing and verification technology, concurrent bugs, the most common of which are deadlocks and races, make it to the field. This paper describes a set of techniques, implemented in a tool called ConTest, allowing concurrent programs to self-heal at run-time.

Concurrent bugs have the very desirable property for healing that some of the interleaving produce correct results while in others bugs manifest. Healing concurrency problems is about limiting, or changing the probability of interleaving, such that bugs will be seen less.  When healing concurrent programs, if a deadlock does not result from limiting the interleaving, we are sure that the result of the healed program could have been in the original program and therefore no new functional bug has been introduced.

In this initial work which deals with different types of data races, we suggest three types of healing mechanisms:  (1)changing the probability of interleaving by introducing sleep or yield statements or by changing thread priorities, (2) removing interleaving using synchronisation commands like locking and unlocking certain mutexes or waits and notifies, and (3) removing the result of "bad interleaving" by replacing the value of variables by the one that "should" have been taken. We also classify races according to the relevant healing strategies to apply.

BibTeX:
@INPROCEEDINGS{
   author = {Bohuslav K{\v{r}}ena and Zden{\v{e}}k Letko and Rachel
	Tzoref-Brill and Shmuel Ur and Tom{\'{a}}{\v{s}} Vojnar},
   title = {Healing Data Races On-The-Fly},
   pages = {54--64},
   booktitle = {Proceedings of 5th International Workshop on Parallel and
	Distributed Systems: Testing and Debugging Modelling -
	PADTAD'07},
   year = {2007},
   location = {London, GB},
   publisher = {Association for Computing Machinery},
   ISBN = {978-1-59593-734-6},
   language = {english},
   url = {http://www.fit.vutbr.cz/research/view_pub.php.en.iso-8859-2?id=8372}
}

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