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Cluster Computing and the Grid, IEEE International Symposium on (2008)
May 19, 2008 to May 22, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-7695-3156-4
pp: 765-770
Accurate fault detection is a key element of resilient computing. Syslogs provide key information regarding faults, and are found on nearly all computing systems. Discovering new fault types requires expert human effort, however, as no previous algorithm has been shown to localize faults in time and space with an operationally acceptable false positive rate. We present experiments on three weeks of syslogs from Sandia's 512-node "Spirit"' Linux cluster, showing one algorithm that localizes 50% of faults with 75% precision, corresponding to an excellent false positive rate of 0.05%. The salient characteristics of this algorithm are (1) calculation of nodewise information entropy, and (2) encoding of word position. The key observation is that similar computers correctly executing similar work should produce similar logs.

J. Stearley and A. J. Oliner, "Bad Words: Finding Faults in Spirit's Syslogs," 2008 8th International Symposium on Cluster Computing and the Grid (CCGRID '08)(CCGRID), Lyon, 2008, pp. 765-770.
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