Finding hard-to-reproduce bugs with reverse debugging

The hardest step in solving software bugs in a parallel programming environment centers on working
backward from a software failure to the original program error. Conventional debugging techniques
allow users to control program execution only in the forward direction, forcing developers to apply
time-consuming methods to attempt to identify the problem.

The paper highlights:
  • Challenges of race conditions and other difficult bugs
  • The limitations of the classical interactive debugger paradigm
  • A new paradigm for debugging based upon recording program execution

Posted: 10/27/2015
Tags: CodeDynamics, white paper

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