Fragmented Monitoring

Oscar Cornejo
(University of Milan-Bicocca)
Daniela Briola
(University of Milan-Bicocca)
Daniela Micucci
(University of Milan-Bicocca)
Leonardo Mariani
(University of Milan-Bicocca)

Field data is an invaluable source of information for testers and developers because it witnesses how software systems operate in real environments, capturing scenarios and configurations relevant to end-users. Unfortunately, collecting traces might be resource-consuming and can significantly affect the user experience, for instance causing annoying slowdowns.

Existing monitoring techniques can control the overhead introduced in the applications by reducing the amount of collected data, for instance by collecting each event only with a given probability. However, collecting fewer events limits the amount of information extracted from the field and may fail in providing a comprehensive picture of the behavior of a program.

In this paper we present fragmented monitoring, a monitoring technique that addresses the issue of collecting information from the field without annoying users. The key idea of fragmented monitoring is to reduce the overhead by recording partial traces (fragments) instead of full traces, while annotating the beginning and the end of each fragment with state information. These annotations are exploited offline to derive traces that might be likely observed in the field and that could not be collected directly due to the overhead that would be introduced in a program.

In Adrian Francalanza and Gordon J. Pace: Proceedings Second International Workshop on Pre- and Post-Deployment Verification Techniques (PrePost 2017), Torino, Italy, 19 September 2017, Electronic Proceedings in Theoretical Computer Science 254, pp. 57–68.
Published: 23rd August 2017.

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