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Title: Practical Time Travel of Multiprocessor Systems
Author(s): Montesinos Ortego, Pablo
Director of Research: King, Samuel T.
Doctoral Committee Chair(s): Torrellas, Josep
Doctoral Committee Member(s): Snir, Marc; Hwu, Wen-Mei W.; Zhou, Yuanyuan; Von Praun, Christoph
Department / Program: Computer Science
Discipline: Computer Science
Degree Granting Institution: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree: Ph.D.
Genre: Dissertation
Subject(s): Deterministic Replay Determinism Time Travel Multiprocessors Debuggability Programmability Chunk-based Execution and Replay
Abstract: With the arrival of multicore chips as the commodity architecture for a wide range of platforms, there is a growing pressure to make parallel programming the norm. Unfortunately, most current programmers find parallel programming too complex. Therefore, we need tools, models, and architectures that make multiprocessors more programmable. One compelling way to improve programmability is to enable back-and-forth time travel of multiprocessor execution. Such ability simplifies parallel code debugging, and is possible using a technique called Deterministic Replay of Execution. This thesis presents DeLorean, a novel hardware substrate for deterministic replay of multiprocessor systems. DeLorean advances the state of the art in that it enables high-speed recording and replay of parallel execution and in that its space requirements are orders of magnitude smaller than those of current schemes. To be practical, DeLorean and other hardware replay systems need to support an environment with multiple parallel jobs running concurrently — some being recorded, others being replayed and possibly many others running without recording or replay. To address this issue, this thesis presents Capo, a novel software-hardware interface for practical high-speed multiprocessor replay. It also introduces the novel abstraction of Replay Sphere to separate the responsibilities of the hardware and software components of a replay system. Finally, this thesis describes CapoOne, a prototype of a deterministic multiprocessor replay system that implements Capo using Linux running on simulated DeLorean hardware.
Issue Date: 2009-08-06
Genre: Dissertation / Thesis
Type: Text
Language: English
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2142/13395
Publication Status: unpublished
Peer Reviewed: not peer reviewed
Rights Information: Copyright 2009 Pablo Montesinos Ortego
Date Available in IDEALS: 2009-08-06
 

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