Accession Number:

ADA440703

Title:

An Approach for Tracing and Understanding Asynchronous Systems

Descriptive Note:

Technical rept.

Corporate Author:

CALIFORNIA UNIV IRVINE

Report Date:

2002-12-01

Pagination or Media Count:

13.0

Abstract:

Applications built in a strongly decoupled, event-based interaction style have many commendable characteristics, including ease of dynamic configuration, accommodation of platform heterogeneity, and ease of distribution over a network. It is not always easy, however, to humanly grasp the dynamic behavior of such applications, since many threads are active and events are asynchronously and profusely transmitted. This paper presents a set of requirements for an aid to assist in exploring the behavior of such applications, with the aim of assisting in the development and understanding of such applications. A prototype tool is presented, indicating viable approaches to meeting requirements. Experience with the tool reinforces some of the requirements and indicates others.

Subject Categories:

  • Computer Programming and Software
  • Computer Systems
  • Human Factors Engineering and Man Machine Systems

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE