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Fault Detection in C Programs using Monitoring of Range Values: Preliminary Results

Título
Fault Detection in C Programs using Monitoring of Range Values: Preliminary Results
Tipo
Relatório Técnico
Ano
2015
Autores
Pedro Pinto
(Autor)
FEUP
Rui Abreu
(Autor)
FEUP
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Classificação Científica
FOS: Ciências da engenharia e tecnologias > Engenharia electrotécnica, electrónica e informática
CORDIS: Ciências Tecnológicas > Engenharia > Engenharia de computadores
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Abstract (EN): This technical report presents the work done as part of the AutoSeer project, which investigated the use of various generic invariants in the value and time domain, their effect on Spectrum-based Fault Localization's diagnostic precision, their relation with existing test oracles, and their runtime overhead, in particular, the density required or strategic placement (trading off overhead versus precision). Our work in this project was to develop a source-to-source compiler, MANET, for the C language that could be used for instrumentation of critical parts of applications under testing. The intention was to guide the compilation flow and define instrumentation strategies using the Aspect-Oriented Approach provided by LARA. This allows a separation of the original target application and the instrumentation secondary concerns. One of the goals of this work was the development of a source-to-source C compiler that modifies code according to an input strategy. These modifications could provide code transformations that target performance and instrumentation for debugging, but in this work they are used to inject code that collects information about the values that certain variables take during runtime. This compiler is supported by an AOP approach that enables the definition of instrumentation strategies. We decided to extend an existing source-to-source compiler, Cetus, and couple it with LARA, an AOP language that is partially abstracted from the target programming language. We propose and evaluate an approach to detect faults in C programs by monitoring the range values of variables. We consider various monitoring strategies and use two real-life applications, the GZIP file compressor and ABS, a program provided by an industrial partner. The different strategies were specified in LARA and automatically applied using MANET. The experimental results show that our approach has potential but is hindered by not accounting for values in arrays and control variables. We achieve prediction accuracies of around 54% for ABS and 83% for GZIP, when comparing our approach to a more traditional one, where the outputs are compared to an expected result.
Idioma: Inglês
Tipo (Avaliação Docente): Científica
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